The National Cartoonists Society has announced that Russ Heath will receive The Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award at this years Rueben awards.
Russ Heath may be best known for his stunningly authentic work in DC Comics? war titles such as G.I. Combat, Our Army at War, and Star Spangled War Stories, but the versatile artist has worked in an amazingly wide range of genres over the past seven decades.
Heath began his career in comics at age sixteen when he inked a story entitled Hammerhead Hawley for the April 1944 issue of Captain Aero Comics. In 1946 he joined Timely Comics (now known as Marvel), mostly illustrating western characters such as ?Two-Gun Kid? and ?Kid Colt.?
The award recognizes “a lifetime of outstanding and accomplished work to a cartoonist who has not previously won the organization?s highest honor, the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year.”