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Graves Gladney

Graves Gladney

Real Name
James Francis Graves Gladney
Graves Gladney



First "Shadow" publication

Place of Birth
St. Louis , Missouri , United States of America

Date of Birth
Date of Death

December 11, 1907
March 24, 1976

Professional History

Graves Gladney was a pulp magazine artist who illustrated several covers for Street & Smith magazines, such as The Avenger, Crime Busters, Mystery and most notably The Shadow, for which he painted seventy covers.

He replaced The Shadow's cover artist George Rozen in 1939 and gave the magazine a more realistic and modern look throughout the 1940's. Unlike Rozen's "poster-style" covers, Gladney depicted actual scenes that Walter B. Gibson had written in the stories featured inside.

Gladney was never happy working in the pulps, and eventually left them altogether. He later become a teacher at Washington University School of Fine Arts while continuing his artistic passion as an accomplished portrait artist.

He died on March 24, 1976.

Work History

Images Attributed to Graves Gladney


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See Also

  • Gallery of Graves Gladney's pictures

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