Alex Schomburg


Alex Schomburg was born in Puerto Rico, and moved to Manhattan in the early 1920s as a teenager. Alex and three of his brothers were soon operating a successful commercial art studio. In 1930, he had moved from advertising to illustrating for pulps. As the 1930s ended, he discovered comic books. Comic books only occupied him for a decade, from the late 1930s to the late 1940s. But in that decade, Schomburg drew well over five hundred covers, an average of one a week. The usual pay rate at that time was about sixty-five dollars per cover.

Schomburg's most memorable efforts were for Marvel (then known as Timely) in the years just before and during World War II. He could draw 'Captain America', 'the Human Torch', and 'Sub Mariner', singly or in a team, in the most complex situations. His covers appeared on 'Marvel Mystery Comics', 'Human Torch', 'Sub-Mariner', 'All Winners', 'The Young Allies', and almost every other Timely title. He also made covers for 'Thrilling Comics', 'Exciting Comics', 'Black Terror', 'Speed Comics', 'All New', and 'The Green Hornet'.

After leaving comics in the 1950s, Schomburg devoted his time to illustrating books and science-fiction magazines. He died in 1998.

(I borrowed most of the text above from the excellent comic-book website http://www.lambiek.net. Check it out!)

Schomburg did a LOT of great comic covers, and the comics he did are avidly collected (and are usually not cheap). Pictured below are only the few comics with his artwork that I own. To see more of his comic artwork, try doing a search in the comics section of eBay.

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This is the definitive "coffee-table" book of Alex Schomburg's comic book art, published by the fine folks at Vanguard Productions.

Blue Bolt 107
Black Terror 2

 
Captain America 39, 1944
Captain America 39

 
Exciting Comics 35, 1944
Exciting Comics 35

 
Exciting 57
Exciting 57

 
Fighting Yank 12
Fighting Yank 12

 
Human Torch 23
Human Torch 23

 
Marvel Mystery Comics 40, 1943
Marvel Mystery Comics 40

 
Startling 35
Startling 35

 
Startling 48
Startling 48

 
 Startling 49
Startling 49

 Startling 53
Startling 53

Thrilling 60
Thrilling 60

Thrilling 62
Thrilling 62

 
Wonder 15
Wonder 15

 
   

I recently discovered that Alex Schomburg created many, many great covers for a variety of science-fiction digest magazines from the 1950s into the 1980s. I haven't seen these documented anywhere else, so I want to give them some exposure here -- even though they are not comic-related. These publications are actually a type of pulp magazine.

Amazing Stories, Feb. 1962
Amazing Stories, Feb. 1962
Amazing Stories, June 1962
Amazing Stories, June 1962
Amazing Stories, Aug. 1962
Amazing Stories, Aug. 1962
Amazing Stories, Dec. 1962
Amazing Stories, Dec. 1962
Amazing Stories, Nov. 1963
Amazing Stories, Feb. 1962
Amazing Stories, Jan. 1964
Amazing Stories, Jan. 1964
Amazing Stories, Apr. 1964
Amazing Stories, Apr. 1964
Amazing Stories, Feb. 1964
Amazing Stories, Feb. 1964
Amazing Stories, June 1964
Amazing Stories, June 1964
Amazing Stories, Nov. 1964
Amazing Stories, Nov. 1964
Amazing Stories, Aug. 1965
Amazing Stories, Aug. 1965
Fantastic Universe, July 1953
Fantastic Universe Science Fiction, July 1953
 
Fantastic Universe, Sept. 1953
Fantastic Universe Science Fiction, Sept. 1953
 
Fantastic Universe, Nov. 1953
Fantastic Universe Science Fiction, Nov. 1953
 
Fantastic Universe, July 1954
Fantastic Universe Science Fiction, July 1954
 
Fantastic Universe, Sept. 1954
Fantastic Universe Science Fiction, Sept. 1954
Fantastic Universe, Dec. 1954
Fantastic Universe Science Fiction, Dec. 1954
Fantastic Universe, Feb. 1955
Fantastic Universe Science Fiction, Feb. 1955
Fantastic Universe, Mar. 1955
Fantastic Universe Science Fiction, Mar. 1955
Science Fiction Stories, 1953
Satellite Science Fiction, Feb. 1957
Science Fiction Stories, 1953
Science Fiction Stories, No Month, 1953