October 02, 2015 at 12:17AM
She's one of the best of us.
Fradon entered cartooning just after graduating from the Parsons School of Design. Comic book letterer George Ward, a friend of her husband (New Yorker cartoonist Dana Fradon), asked her for samples of her artwork to pitch for job openings. She landed her first assignment on the DC Comics feature Shining Knight. Her first regular assignment was illustrating an Adventure Comics backup feature starring Aquaman, for which she co-created the sidekick Aqualad.
Following her time with Aquaman, and taking a break to have her daughter, Fradon returned to co-create Metamorpho, drawing four issues of the series. She returned briefly to design a few covers for the title.
From 1965 to 1972, Fradon left comics to raise her daughter. In 1972, she returned to DC, with assignments drawing Superman, Batman, and Plastic Man. Her other work includes Freedom Fighters and Super Friends (which she penciled for almost its entire run). She also worked for Marvel Comics during this period, but left after only two assignments: a fill-in issue of Fantastic Four, and the never-published fifth issue of The Cat.
In 1980, Dale Messick retired from drawing the newspaper strip Brenda Starr, and Fradon became the artist for it, until her own retirement in 1995.
Fradon was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2006.
She contributed pencils to the 2010 graphic novel The Adventures of Unemployed Man, the 2012 graphic novel The Dinosaur That Got Tired of Being Extinct, and the collection The Art of Ramona Fradon.
Ramona Fradon in the Grand Comics Database: