The Comic Art Of Billy Graham

The Comic Art Of Billy Graham

Billy Graham was a Black comic-book artist best known for his work on the Marvel Comics series Luke Cage, Hero for Hire, and Jungle Action featuring Black Panther. In this post The Museum of UnCut Funk exhibits some of Graham’s other work like Vampirella , Eerie #31 and Journey in to Mystery #2.

Billy started at Warren Magazines, with a story in the legendary first issue of Vampirella dated September, 1969. “Death Boat!” was written by Don McGregor.

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Graham also took some side-trips into Marvel’s supernatural mags, like Journey into Mystery, Haunt of Horror, Vampire Tales and Monsters Unleashed. Check out The Alien Plague! from Eerie #31 dated January, 1970. Also another cool find is More Than Blood, written by George Alec Effinger, from Journey Into Mystery #2 September, 1972.

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  1. gordon scott manley
    August 20, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    t apprecia his was afellow who never failed to entertain me.billy gave his all each time out.beiieveme itwas greattly

  2. shawnna
    February 10, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Love this article. Billy Graham was my grandfather. Although I never got the opportunity to meet him in person, his life’s work tells his stories 🙂

  3. George Crum (Not That George Crum)
    December 5, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    I first met Billy Graham at Henry st. Settlement, I was introducted to him by Mrs Alma Johns. She told him I was an artist, so he gave me a project to do. He gave me a cartoon picture of the Fat lady looking for Henry who was caught between her butt cheeks. He told me to make it poster size. I took it back to him at Henry st., I was so happy to have completed it. He look at it for about 5 min. and told me there’s not much I can teach you you already have the gift. use it! I think about him often. He was a great inspiration at a time when not many were doing black comics. I also studied under Al Hollingswoth at Art & Design, one of the first well know black comic artist, 2 truely great
    men!!

    • March 8, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      Does anyone by chance know if Mr. Graham did any paintings? I found a painting at a thrift store of a Black grandfather giving his granddaughter a birthday gift! I bought it because I became immediately attached to it once I saw it. It’s signed by “Billy Graham”. It’s signed by “Billy Graham”. I tried researching it on the Internet but as yet have not been able to come up with anything about the painting. The painting style is similar to Norman Rockwell’s. It doesn’t matter if it was done by Mr. Graham the comic book artist or Billy Graham from down the street. I love painting anyway. I’m just curious.

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  5. Andrew Johnson
    April 21, 2017 at 12:52 am

    I’m a 58 year old comic book collector/retailer. Glad to have discovered your blog. The great late Billy Graham has always been my favorite comic book artist since the 1960’s. I’m pretty aware of Mr.Graham’s comic book work & have a very extensive collection of his comic book work, & some nice early fanzines, & a few men’s magazine(such as Players) with some of his stupendous pin-up artwork. I was wondering if you might happen to have a list of of any of his art work outside of comic books, especially in men’s magazines?

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