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ISSUE NO. 865
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50 Shades of Gray

XGray Morrow was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He moved to New York City in 1955, where he met Al Williamson, Angelo Torres, and Wally Wood. A year later, Morrow was drafted into the U.S. Army, and stationed at Incheon and Wolmido Island, South Korea.

Morrow's soft, subtle work was unsuited for in-your-face superhero comics, but his style worked perfectly in westerns. The artist loved comic book since childhood, and had no patience for those who suggested they had negative influence on children, or anyone else.

The artist once joked, "I grew up on all of that stuff -- the Lone Ranger, Batman, Superman. I don't have a criminal record. I haven't shot anybody lately. I don't beat my wife."

Over the course of his career, Morrow did numerous westerns, but he was one of those artists who drew everything in painstaking detail, and he worked fairly slowly, admitting that the rate of "eight pages a day was as fast as I've ever been able to go."

Morrow was living in Kunkletown, Pennsylvania, when he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Rather than endure the ravages of the incurable disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that severely affects movement, Morrow chose to commit suicide on November 6, 2001.

He left behind legions of fans (including Robby Reed), and a substantial body of work, both in comics and other publications. In this issue of DIAL B for BLOG, we take a look at some of morrow's sumptuous original art for Vig.

from ADVENTURE COMICS #417
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from WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #245
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from WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #248
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BONUS ART BY GRAY MORROW
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Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's
BOYS' RANCH
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