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A superhero in comic book art, Gil Kane, dies

Gil Kane, the comic book artist who spent more than half a century sketching such memorable characters as the Atom, Green Lantern, the Hulk, Captain Marvel and Spider-Man, has died. He was 73.

Mr. Kane died Monday in Miami of cancer, said his Los Angeles representative, Harris M. Miller.

A self-taught artist, Mr. Kane worked steadily from the age of 16 until he recently became ill. He was known for his dynamic figures and innovative fight scenes of superheroes.

Fans and collectors revered the work Mr. Kane did from 1956 to 1969. During that period, he redesigned the costume of Green Lantern and helped make the old superhero familiar to new generations of readers.

Born Eli Katz in Latvia on April 6, 1926, Mr. Kane emigrated to New York with his family when he was 3. He grew up reading comics and pulp novels, and as a teenager worked as an inker as his first job in the comic field.

Mr. Kane worked extensively for DC Comics and Marvel amd freelanced for other producers. But he didn't became famous until the late 1950s when DC revived Green Lantern and Mr. Kane took over its illustration. He soon added a revival of the Atom.

Moving to Marvel, Mr. Kane drew the Hulk, Conan the Barbarian, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, Captain America, the Avengers and others and became a model for new comic artists who studied his style.

In the 1980s Mr. Kane spent about five years in Los Angeles, working on animation concepts for Hanna-Barbera and Ruby-Spears. But he returned to comics.

Mr. Kane is survived by his wife, Elaine; a son, Scott; and two stepchildren, Eric and Beverly.