Questions and Answers
Here are questions posed to Nick Cardy and Nick's answers.
Questions may have been edited.
Where can I send comics for Nick Cardy to sign?
Sorry, we cannot accept comics for signatures.
Is Nick related to Chris Viscardi, creator of the incredible "Adventures
of Pete and Pete" TV show?
Nick says he doesn't know of any relation. If fact, outside of his family
he doesn't know anyone else with the Viscardi surname.
Did many other DC silver age artists like yourself draw differently
when they did a job for Julius Schwartz or Mort Weisinger than when they
worked for Jack Schiff or George Kashdan? Ramona Fradon, Jim Mooney,
Gil Kane, you... to me, the work of the same artists looks very different
under different editors, even when the work is all fairly contemporaneous.
Would you dispute or support this?
Nick says over the years we worked for Murray Boltinoff on Legends of
Daniel Boone, Gangbusters and Aquaman his style evolved.
Nick says he never really thought he had a style until one day Gil Kane said
to him, "Oh Nick, I can always recognize your work." It's not that Nick was
told how to draw but that his style was always changing and he was always
experimenting. As for his own styles. Nick says his later Teen Titans
work is looser than in the earlier issues.
On Bat Lash, Nick says his style was even more looser. In the B&B stories
with the Teen Titans and Black Canary, Nick went back to the traditional
"old type" style. In Teen Titans 13 he says he "broke the mold". Nick was
going to quit DC after this story so he wanted to show them what they
would be missing.
I have never seen an artist switch gears as beautifully as Cardy, when
his Aquaman covers (and interiors too) shifted from a very crisp
bold-yet-sophisticated style to a much more fine-line romantic style.
This happened around 1967-68.
Subsequent covers were his absolute masterpieces! I don't know issue
#s, but the prime example of this gorgeous poster-style is a cover depicting
Aquaman dead on the beach with a reward note pinned on his costume by the
My question is whether this huge mood shift in the drawing style was a
personal artistic statement by Nick, an outgrowth of the shift in story tone,
or a request from newly installed Artistic Director/later Publisher Carmine
Infantino (I understand he was doing all the cover layouts then?). Possibly
the shift was inspired by new editor Dick Giordano? Whoever motivated the
change isn't as important as Nick's incredible success in portraying it.
Classic, brilliant work.
Nick says he got several cover layouts from Carmine Infantino. For example
the Superman covers with kids were usually laid out by Infantino.
Nick says that Julius Schwartz tells this story about one day
when Nick brought in a cover and Carmine says "This isn't the layout I
gave you!". Nick says "No, it's better". Nick credits Infantino with
giving him a lot of artistic freedom.
I have an idea for a comic book but no ideas how to bring it to
fruition. I have found possible artists but I don't know what a
customary relationship would be between myself, who would just write
copy, and a artist who would do the real work. Any ideas for budding
Writers and artists have different dynamics. A writer won't work the
same way with different artists and vice versa. According to Nick,
he worked from full scripts from writers like Bob Haney and George Kashdan.
These scripts would tell Nick what to draw. Nick says he never embellished
the plot but sometimes he would do the storytelling differently but
wouldn't change the story.