Edward D. Cartier, 94; Illustrated 'The Shadow'

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Edward D. Cartier, 94, whose illustrations graced "The Shadow" and numerous other science fiction and mystery publications, died Dec. 25 at his home in Ramsey, N.J. He had Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Cartier's artwork appeared in works by authors including Robert A. Heinlein and Isaac Asimov, but he was perhaps best known for the hundreds of illustrations he did for "The Shadow" in the 1930s and 1940s.

Written by Walter B. Gibson, "The Shadow" novels appeared in pulp magazines and detailed the exploits of a mysterious, black-attired crime fighter.

Mr. Cartier began doing illustrations for the novels in 1936. Not long after, he turned down an offer to be an assistant to Norman Rockwell, according to Anthony Tollin, editor of "The Shadow & Doc Savage" reprint trade paperbacks.

In addition to more than 800 illustrations for "The Shadow," Mr. Cartier drew hundreds of illustrations for numerous other science fiction magazines. He also was the premier artist for the Fantasy Press and Gnome Press book publishing houses in the 1950s.

-- Associated Press

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