Stanley Pitt Australia

Born
2 March 1925 in Australia
Died
2 April 2002 in Australia
Age
77 years
Credited for

art

Also known as

Stanley John Joseph Pitt

Safone Jais (pen name)

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Biography

Pitt's first published comic was Anthony Fury (~1942), followed by the serial 'Universal Conquest' in Star Pocket Comics (Frank Johnson). In 1945, Pitt also drew comic strip advertisements for Colgate-Palmolive.

With author Frank Ashley, Pitt developed a concept for a full-colour comic, 'Nelson Power Conquers the Universe' in 1945. A minor character lager became 'Silver Starr', published as a full-colour strip in the Sunday Sun and Guardian from 24 November 1946. Following disagreement with Associated Newspapers about reduced space for the strip, Pitt resigned in 1948 and converted his creation into Silver Starr Super Comic (Young's).

With author Gerry Brown, Pitt created 'Captain Power', which first appeared in the Sunday Herald on 6 March 1949 and was reprinted in the one-shot Captain Power (Ayers and James). In 1950, Pitt created Yarmak—Jungle King Comic (Young's) with artistic assistance from his brother Reginald Pitt and scripts by Frank Ashley. In 1956, Pitt created a further full-colour issue of Silver Starr (Cleveland).

During the 1950s, Pitt largely abandoned comics to paint cover illustrations for publishers such as Malian, Horwitz and H. John Edwards. From 1956, he became the main cover artist for Cleveland for the rest of his career, creating more than 3,000 illustrations.

In 1964, with his brother Reginald, Pitt began adapting Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination for the US market. While Pitt abandoned this project ('Gully Foyle') in 1968 due to problems with the rights, it drew US interest. Stanley and Reginald Pitt secured work from US publishers—DC's The Witching Hour #14 and #38, Western's Twilight Zone #48 and Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery #33. Pitt also ghosted for Al Williamson on the Secret Agent Corrigan newspaper strip in 1969 and 1972.

After suffering a stroke, Pitt retired 1985/86.

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Anthony Fury (Consolidated Press, 1942?) (1942)
Untitled (Anthony Fury)
Comic: Cover
Anthony Fury (Consolidated Press, 1942?) (1942)
Untitled (Anthony Fury)
Comic: Comic story
The New Big Hit Comics (Frank Johnson, 1945?) (1945)
Jim Atlas
Comic: Comic story
The New Cracker (Frank Johnson, 1945 series) #1 (1945)
Jim Atlas
Comic: Comic story
The New Corker (Frank Johnson, 1945?) (1945)
Universal Conquest
Comic: Comic story
The New Terrific Comics (Frank Johnson, 1945?) (1945)
Untitled (Larry Flynn Private Detective)
Comic: Comic story
Yarmak Jungle King Comic (Youngs, 1949 series) #1 (November 1949)
Untitled (Yarmak)
Comic: Cover
Yarmak Jungle King Comic (Youngs, 1949 series) #1 (November 1949)
Untitled (Silver Starr)
Comic: Comic story
Yarmak Jungle King Comic (Youngs, 1949 series) #2 (December 1949)
The Tomb of Icacius (Yarmak)
Comic: Cover
Yarmak Jungle King Comic (Youngs, 1949 series) #3 (January 1950)
The Isle of the Living Dead (Yarmak Jungle King)
Comic: Cover

Status

Created

  • 6 Jan 2018

Last updated

  • 21 Oct 2019