11 Facts About Russ Manning


Russell George Manning was an American comic book artist who created the series Magnus, Robot Fighter and illustrated such newspaper comic strips as Tarzan and Star Wars.


Russ Manning was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2006.


Russ Manning created Gold Key's Magnus, Robot Fighter and The Aliens in 1963 and drew the first 21 issues, through 1968.


From 1965 to 1969, Russ Manning drew Gold Key's Tarzan series.


Russ Manning's remaining adaptations, not reprinted by Dark Horse, were Tarzan and the Golden Lion, Tarzan and the Ant Men and Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle.


Russ Manning did not do the finished art on the latter, but provided lay-outs for parts of the story.


Russ Manning drew the Korak stories in the first 11 issues of Gold Key's Korak comic.


Russ Manning created four original Tarzan graphic novels for European publication.


Magnus, his and Gold Key's best-known heroic-adventure series, was set in the year 4000, which Russ Manning depicted as clean, airy city scapes populated by shiny robots, handsome men, and beautiful women.


Russ Manning died of cancer on December 1,1981, while still living in California where he was born.


The Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award, which is presented annually at Comic-Con International during the Eisner Awards, is named after him.