Dick Sprang

28 Jul 1915
10 May 2000
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Richard W. “Dick” Sprang (July 28, 1915 – May 10, 2000)was an American comic book artist and penciller, best known for his work on the superhero Batman during the period fans and historians call Golden Age of Comic Books. Sprang was responsible for the 1950 redesign of the Batmobile and the original design of the Riddler, who has appeared in film, television and other media adaptations. Sprang’s Batman was notable for his square chin, expressive face and barrel chest.

Sprang was also a notable explorer in Arizona, Utah, and Colorado, whose discoveries included the “Defiance House” of the Anasazi ruins, and whose correspondence and records are stored with the Utah Historical Society.

Interior pencil work includes:

Street & Smith (pulps)

  • Top-Notch, February, April 1937

Standard (pulps)

  • Exciting Western, June 1943
  • Popular Detective, April 1938
  • Popular Western, August 1937
  • Texas Rangers, March, June 1937
  • Thrilling Ranch Stories, June 1937
  • Thrilling Western, March, June, July 1937; January 1938

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