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It was exactly an assembly line. You could look into infinity down these rows of drawing tables. ---->>>

I was hired to do as many Boy Commando, Newsboy Legion, and Sandman stories as I could. ---->>>

Everything was sensory and I never saw the structure in anything. ---->>>

But generally speaking, people weren't fired, art jobs were very hard to get, so something really calamitous had to happen to a person who was working there in order for you to find a space. ---->>>

First of all there was a guy named Charles Nicholas, who used to do all of the inking that Jack and Simon didn't do. Simon used to do splashes and covers, but Charles Nicholas, after a while, did the inside of all of the stuff. ---->>>

But I was also a big mouth, I started to develop a troubled relationship with Harry Shorten. ---->>>

Then the war became a real problem and along with other shortages, they started to have paper problems. ---->>>

Precision is not one of the qualities that comes out in my work. ---->>>

In other words, DC was never harmed by the paper shortages. ---->>>

Most of us came out of Popeye, so turning Popeye into something believable was tricky enough. ---->>>

Comics were going down for the second time and here, all of a sudden, came this thing and for the next fifteen years, romance comics were about the top sellers in the field; they outsold everything. ---->>>

I just saw the emotion in everything, so I got to feel everything that was going on and that I was viewing, but I couldn't think in terms of structure, which is the whole point of deep focus. ---->>>

DC used to print up all of their pages, they were the only company that did it. ---->>>

I think the lack of precision and deep focus is why it took me years to build up my work. ---->>>

I was hired as a penciler. ---->>>

I was not too smart and constantly mouthed off and didn't know anything. ---->>>

If I had one quality that really ruined me and at the same time helped me, it was the fact that I never stopped looking, and by that time I was really working at it. ---->>>

Coming into the business, you'd pass through these little agencies until you got to understand what was happening in the business, unless you were really able to have a style strong enough to go directly to the publishers. ---->>>

All of the penciling was consistently done by one person and the inking was whoever could finish on time. ---->>>

Biography

Name: Gil Kane
Nationality: American
Born: 04-06, 1926
Birthplace:
Die: 01-31, 2000
Occupation: Artist
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Gil Kane (/dʒɪl keɪn/; born Eli Katz /ˈiːlaɪ kæts/; April 6, 1926 – January 31, 2000) was a Latvian-born American comic book artist whose career spanned the 1940s to the 1990s and every major comics company and character. Kane co-created the modern-day versions of the superheroes Green Lantern and the Atom for DC Comics, and co-created Iron Fist with Roy Thomas for Marvel Comics (wikipedia)