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Eli Katz was born in Latvia on April 6 1926 His family emigrated to New York in 1929 while he was still 3 years old An avid reader of comics and pulps gil broke into the comic field in 1941 as an assistant in the Jack Binder shop erasing pencils and eventually became an inker and penciler while still there Also during this time he began drawing comics for MLJ the publishers of Archie He drew the Scarlet Avenger for almost two years at MLJ and at the same time free-lanced at Street and Smith Quality Holyoke and then Timely Comics as well He worked for Joe Simon and Jack Kirby during 1943-44 and here he said he learned many things from KirbyThen he made a career move that would mark his future in comics and inextricably tie his name to the field Thatmove was to begin working for DC National shortly before going into the army in 1944 When he returned home he went back to DC illustrating whatever characters they gave him He drew Wildcat andthe Sandman and still he free-lanced at other companies as well There was barely a company that didnt benefitfrom his services during this period click the art to see a larger image of this panelAll through the fifties Gil continued to free-lance work but through out this time he maintained a steady paycheckworking at DC illustrating everything from mysteries and science fiction to Rex the Wonder Dog and his favorites
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