A. EDWARD FURNESS AOCA

(1911-2005)
Oil on Canvas - ca. 1980
Signed by the Artist
Titled Verso: "Country Roads in Winter - sketched near Alton, painted in Toronto"
h: 14 in. by w: 18 in.
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Edward Furness

 

Edward Furness

 

FURNESS, A. Edward AOCA

 

Ed was born in 1911 in England and emigrated with his family to Canada as a child. He had a propensity for cartoon illustration and demonstrated this aptitude by graduating from the Ontario College of Art in 1933. Ed was instrumental in developing Freelance in 1941, a popular comic superhero for Canadian and American children during the Second World War.


Furness also drew Commander Steele for Grand Slam Comics from 1941 together with many other comic books stories. He eventually became the led artist for Anglo American Publishing. The Canadian comics industry came to an end in 1946 and Ed finally closed the doors at Anglo American Publishing in 1956 and went on to do commercial art and landscape painting. He was an Associate of the Ontario College of Art.


Ed Furness, along with fellow Canadian artist Adrian Dingle, was inducted into the Canadian Comic Book Creators Hall of Fame in 2005. Ed died in 2005.

 

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