GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Names CAPTAIN AMERICA Alum As Oldest Cover Artist

Contest of Champions #2 variant
Credit: Ken Bald (Marvel Comics)
Credit: Guinness World Records

Ken Bald has been named as the "oldest artist to illustrate a comic book cover" by Guinness World Records for his 2015 Contest of Champions #2 variant for Marvel Comics at the age of 95, breaking the record previously held by the late Joe Simon. This is now 96-year-old artist's second Guinness honor, following a previous record as "oldest comic book artist."

“At 96 years old, you’d never think you’d be setting any world records, let alone setting two," Bald said. "Both records have been a great thrill for me.”

Born August 1, 1920 in New York City, Ken Bald is best known for illustrating the comic strips Dark Shadows and Dr. Kildare. His earliest confirmed published work, however, is 1943's Captain America Comics #32. Bald also co-created Namora and Sun Girl for Marvel.

“It is an honor to present Ken with this tremendous achievement that is a testament to his passion to the comic book industry and his skills in illustrating timeless and beloved comic book stories," said Guiness World Records adjudicator Alex Angert.

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