Mort Meskin was one of the really great old school American comic book artists born May 30, 1916 in Brooklyn, New York. He is today best known for his work on a number of Golden and Silver Age comic books and characters roughly dating from the 1940s to the 1960s. Although his influence on various artists like Jack Kirby remains unquestioned, he never received as much approval as his famous colleagues – probably because he never got involved in any of the really big projects. Today his name is still mostly unknown. As a youth Meskin had been a fan of pulp magazines, especially "The Shadow", which soon turned him into the art editor of his high school newspaper and determined his future path: In 1938 he graduated from Art Students League of New York and Brooklyn's Pratt Institute and went to work for the famous Eisner & Iger Studios where he started pencilling for "Sheena, Queen of the Jungle" (Jumbo Comics). From late 1939 up until 1965 he continually worked for various studios and publishers like Simon & Kirby, National Comics, Marvel, DC and Gleason & Nedor as well as advertidsing agengcies. For a brief period of time he even formed a studio with his Nedor-coworker and artist Jerry Robinson (1944–1946). In the beginning of the 1940s his artistic style was heavily influenced by features of films like Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" (1941). Thus his 40s work is full of action, interesting sound effect techniques and great splash pages whereas in the 1960s it had developed into a much simpler and more focused style that concentrated more on the storytelling part rather than on dynamic panels. In 1965, Meskin finally left the comics world and became a commercial illustrator and storyboard artist in the advertising industry, working at BBD&O until his retirement in 1982. After that he spent 13 years as a volunteer at St. Josephs Nursing Home in Yonkers until he died March 29, 1995, aged 78.