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Earl Mayan

Real Name
Earl Mayan

First "Shadow" publication

Place of Birth
Long Island , New York , United States of America

Date of Birth
Date of Death

June 19, 1916
December 12, 2009

Professional History

Earl Mayan was an American illustrator who's best known for his hyper-realist style.

During 1933-1936, Mayan studied at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. There he met Edd Cartier, and the two were encouraged to illustrate for the pulps. It should be noted that when they both graduated, he and Cartier shared an art studio and Cartier was just hired to illustrate for The Shadow Magazine.

In 1940, Mayan was hired by Street & Smith to illustrate The Shadow, as he replaced his friend, Cartier, who had resigned after working for the publication for the last four years.

Mayan's Shadow stint was quite short due to being drafted into WWII a year later.

After the war, he continued as a pulp illustrator, but soon found better work when he became a freelance illustrator for the glossier "slick" magazines.

Later in life, he worked as a cover artist for paperback books and illustrated for several men's adventure magazines. He also became a teacher at the Art Students League of New York and began to write his memoirs and poetry while continuing his artistic focus on landscapes, portraits and abstracts.

Earl Mayan died on December 12, 2009 at the age of ninety-three.

Work History

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