Quality Comics was one of the most successful publishing houses of the Golden Age. That name was not mere hyperbole but it truly reflected the kind of work done by an exceptional artistic bullpen. The stars included Lou Fine, Reed Crandall and Will Eisner. Another name was Bill Ward. Ward was noted for his work on many of the company’s top selling titles like Dollman and Blackhawk. In MODERN COMICS he helped originate the salacious strip “Torchy”, a humor feature that was heavy on the cheesecake.
A more casual and modern comics reader might be familiar with Ward from the humor jobs he did for the B&W Mad imitator “Cracked”. You’d surely remember the curvy, huge breasted sex-kittens that he infused into every strip. He also worked on Marvel’s adult B&W comic “The Adventures Of Pussycat” as well as doing single panel gags for the Adult magazine “From Sex To Sexty”
Ward’s talent for illustrating the female form made him a natural fit for Romance comics. Admittedly though, the strong female readership for these magazines forced him to be a bit more realistic with regard to the gal’s body size. Witness his lovely work on “Bitter Years”
Mr. Ward passed away in 1998 at the age of 79