George Tuska was not Jack Kirby. George Tuska was not Will Eisner. George Tuska was not Siegel & Shuster. George Tuska was George Tuska. He was simply a talented artist who worked in comic books almost since its infancy. He contributed artwork for countless publishers on countless titles for decades. I'd be surprised if there were more than a small handful of artists who pencilled as many comic book pages as Tuska. His art was easily identifiable - very vibrant and subtlety powerful. Although many people I know who grew up in the 70s and 80s felt that his work was substandard - I've always thought the he was a very engaging storyteller who drew handsome men and lovely women. There was something very 'classic' about his artwork, and I probably could have (or should have) guessed that he was from a different generation than many of the artists I was raised on in the late 70s and early 80s.
It's not a crime not to be Jack Kirby, but many people tend to be overly critical of the non-Kirbys in funnybook land. This is unfair to those who served in the trenches, producing quality work in a timely manner year after year. I'll lump Tuska in with Dick Dillin, Don Heck and Mike Sekowsky here: artists that never really get their due, even though they helped to form the backbone of the industry. Tuska designed wonderful covers, he knew how to lay out a page, he kept the reader's eye moving and could tackle any and every genre. These are the things that we tend to forget as being the real artistry of comic book art. He was a handsome man who live and full and long life and, from everything I've heard, he was a true gentleman. From the jungles of Fiction House to the newspaper strip action of World's Greatest Super Heroes, George Tuska made a lasting contribution to the world of comic books. He should be celebrated and remembered fondly for that. In addition, the man drew my favourite cover of all-time (at left). Thanks for everything, Mr. Tuska.