L. B. Cole


Creator of more than 1500 covers, brilliant wildlife artist, expert on human anatomy, and pioneering comic book publisher... Leonard Brandt Cole is a true legend!

L. B. Cole had worked as art director for a lithography outfit, before entering the comic book field in the early 1940's. In his early work, he usually used basic, flat colors and produced what he called "poster color covers". Cole once said he estimated that he'd drawn something like 1500 covers. He drew everything from funny animals to superheroes to jungle girls, but his favorite subject matter was science-fiction. Cole was also the publisher and cover artist for Star comics. After leaving the field of comics he published non-comic magazines and painted natural, realistic covers for those publications.

I have to admit that many of Cole's best and most famous covers are not represented here. (Because they're very rare and I can't afford them!) This in no way is meant to be any kind of comprehensive gallery of L.B. Cole's work. Instead it is just an overview of all his covers that I have in my collection, plus a few thoughfully provided by a fellow fan. If you're interested in more information about this amazing artist, I encourage you to dig up a copy of Comic Book Marketplace #30 on eBay or somewhere; it has a very informative interview with Cole.

Blue Bolt 105
Blue Bolt 105

 
Blue Bolt 106
Blue Bolt 106

 
Blue Bolt 107
Blue Bolt 107

 
Blue Bolt 111
Blue Bolt 111

 
Catman 32, 1946
Catman 32

 
Ghostly Weird 122
Ghostly Weird 122

 
Law Against Crime 1
Law Against Crime 1

 
Popular Teen-Agers Secrets of Love 10
Popular Teen-Agers Secrets of Love 10

 
Popular Teen-Agers Secrets of Love 18
Popular Teen-Agers Secrets of Love 17

 
Popular Teen-Agers Secrets of Love 18
Popular Teen-Agers Secrets of Love 18

 
Startling Terror Tales 4
Startling Terror Tales 4

 
Startling Terror Tales 11
Startling Terror Tales 11

 
Terrifying Tales 11
Terrifying Tales 11

 
Terrifying Tales 13
Terrifying Tales 13

 
Terrifying Tales 14
Terrifying Tales 14

 
Terrors of the Jungle 6
Terrors of the Jungle 6

 
Terrors of the Jungle 18
Terrors of the Jungle 18

 
Thrilling Crime Cases 49
Thrilling Crime Cases 49

 
Wit & Wisdom 4
Wit & Wisdom 4