by Aaron Einhorn
Golden Age artist legend Sheldon Moldoff passed away on February 29, 2012. Although you may not know Moldoff’s name, you know his work. Moldoff was one of Bob Kane’s “ghost artists” on Batman, and is credited as co-creating Poison Ivy, Mister Freeze, Clayface (Matt Hagen), Bat-Mite, Bat-Girl, Batwoman, and Ace the Bat Hound.
His designs on Hawkman and Hawkgirl set the tone for those heroes.
DC Co-Publisher’s Dan DiDio and Jim Lee released the following statement on his passing:
When you think of the Golden Age of comics, you think of the work of Sheldon Moldoff. His early drawings of Green Lantern, Flash and most especially Hawkman set the tone for these bold new heroes. Throughout his career, Sheldon Moldoff made a lasting contribution to the comic book industry and what would later become the DC universe. We salute the career and legacy of one of the greats.
Moldoff is survived by his sons Richard Moldoff and Kenneth Moldoff, and daughter Ellen Moldoff Stein. We send our sympathies and best thoughts to his family.