Sheldon “Shelly” Moldoff
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I've always been a bit curious about Moldoff's early SA ghosting on Batman. While his early work for DC was a little crude, by the time he was drawing horror for Fawcett, his stuff was more polished, then when he starts on Batman, his work evokes the crude early Batman art actually drawn by Kane back in the day. Was this at Kane's request? The guy had had no compunction about signing work clearly more polished than his own, and since he wasn't drawing anything by then, even keeping the fiction alive that he was still the main Batman artist wouldn't require Moldoff to draw in such a retro style. It always seemed short sighted to me, as I imagine by the early 60s, it was the old-fashioned look of the Batman comics that was hurting the sales most. I like this era for it's kitsch quality, but I think if I were a kid buying DC books back then, the more modern looking artwork of guys like Kane, Infantino and Anderson would have been more compelling. I gather it was intentional that the "new look" Batman stories by Moldoff had a more contemporary look. Did Schwartz tell Kane DC wasn't using anything out of his shop unless it looked more modern?

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Shelly Moldoff drew some incredible back up stories in Action Comics. These are from Action #23: "Black Pirate."

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Above average Shelly art on 'Clip Carson' from early Action Comics #23:

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I picked up this Moldoff concept for a Desert Prince series. Not sure if it ever went further than a pitch. Probably late 40's. The other three were recently sold. 

moldoff Desert Prince $37.jpg

Moldoff page went for $65.jpg

Moldoff three pages went for $100.jpg

Moldoff 11x14 page went for $112.jpg

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3 hours ago, Ameri said:

I picked up this Moldoff concept for a Desert Prince series. Not sure if it ever went further than a pitch. Probably late 40's. The other three were recently sold. 

moldoff Desert Prince $37.jpg

Moldoff page went for $65.jpg

Moldoff three pages went for $100.jpg

Moldoff 11x14 page went for $112.jpg

looks "special" :cloud9:

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