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"Homer" is the name given to the author or authors of the ancient
Greek epic poems "Iliad" and "Odyssey", and could represent a
single man who lived sometime between 800 and 900 B.C., or it could
represent a group of poets who collaborated on these major works.
After his family moved from Hungary to the USA, ALEX BLUM studied
at the National Academy of Design in New York. He eventually joined
the Eisner-Iger shop, and in 1939, he started illustrating 'Samson'
and 'Eagle' for Fox. In 1940 he illustrated 'Purple Trio', 'Neon'
and 'Strange Twins' for Quality Comics. In the same year, Blum
started contributing to Fiction House, illustrating 'Red Comet',
'Kaanga', 'Midnight' and 'Greasemonkey Griffin' among others. He
was presumably also the artist behind the pseudonym Armand Budd,
that also drew for Fiction House.
Alex Blum was a top artist for the Classics Illustrated series from the early issues. He illustrated over 25 Classics and stood out for his use of theatrical dramatics, which is probably why he illustrated three of the five Shakespeare Classics. Alex Anthony Blum retired in 1961 and died in 1969. Harley M. Griffiths was an American comic book artist during the 1940s and 50s. He was one of the earlier illustrators for Gilberton's Classics Illustrated series, and drew several titles for that line.