Milton Caniff drew this promotional poster in for the Dayton Ohio Journal Herald, his hometown paper. Dragon Lady from Terry and the Pirates-- one of Vampira's inspirations! Here's a character print featuring Steve Canyon. Milton Caniff would sign and color prints like this for fans who requested artwork. Milton Caniff.
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Milton Caniff was one of the grandmasters of American comics, and one of the pioneers in character-driven comic stories. His creations 'Terry and the Pirates' and 'Steve Canyon' are both landmarks in newspaper comics. Although he wrote and drew the latter for nearly 40 years, it is Terry who had the biggest impact on comics history. Caniff was the first to craft truly realistic and multi-layered comic characters, whose personalities evolved as the years progressed. His comics are renowned for their exciting, action-packed stories which often take place in exotic locations. But he never lost sight of the human element, which helped his series gather a massive fanbase. With his effective use of black-and-white ink effects and well-balanced emotions he most rightly earned the nickname "Rembrandt of the Comic Strip".
Unable to pursue his desire to join the military due to a medical condition, Caniff also used his artistic talents to contribute to the morale of U. While a student at Stivers High School, he created cartoons for local newspapers. It was also at Stivers where he met his future wife, Ester Parsons.
Caniff was born in Hillsboro, Ohio. Graduating in , Caniff began at the Columbus Dispatch where he worked with the noted cartoonists Billy Ireland and Dudley Fisher , but Caniff's position was eliminated during the Great Depression. Caniff related later that he had been uncertain of whether to pursue acting or cartooning as a career and that Ireland said, "Stick to your inkpots, kid, actors don't eat regularly.