Wilson McCoy

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R.Wilson McCoy
Biographical information
Born: April 6, 1902
Died: July 20, 1961
Nationality: Mini usa.gif American
Occupation: Artist
Website: N/A


Robert Wilson McCoy (April 6th, 1902 – July 20th, 1961) was the second artist on The Phantom comic strip. He started out as Ray Moore's assistant, but when Moore retired from the strip after a war injury, McCoy gradually took over the entire strip and was solely responsible for the artwork by 1949.

Wilson McCoy was born in Troy, Missouri and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The American Academy, and Washington University's School of Fine Arts, where he later served on the faculty. Working as a commercial artist, he made paintings for Liberty Magazine covers, calendars, prints, pin-ups and advertisements for major companies. When his friend Ray Moore served in the military during World War II, McCoy took over the responsibilities of illustrating the syndicated newspaper strip, "The Phantom". His wife, Dorothy, did the lettering.

McCoy is well known for his unique, naive style of drawing. Unlike Ray Moore, he always drew with tremendous attention to details, and used photographic references for every drawing, having his family and friends pose for him and act out the different situations happening in the stories he worked on.

Like Phantom-creator Lee Falk, Wilson McCoy was a world traveler with an adventurous spirit. He frequently visited far off jungles, and visited several native tribes, among them the Ituri tribe, consisting of pygmies, much like the Bandar tribe in the Phantom strip.

McCoy died on July 20th, 1961 after a heart attack. He was survived by his wife Dorothy, and two children: Robert and Carol. The art on the Phantom strip was taken over by Bill Lignante for a short while, and then Sy Barry.

Works by McCoy

Daily stories

# Title Writer Artist Start End
1 "The Inexorables" Falk Moore, McCoy 2 Feb 1942 9 Jan 1943
2 "Bent Beak Broder" Falk McCoy 11 Jan 1943 22 May 1943
3 "The Phantom's Engagement" Falk McCoy 24 May 1943 24 Jul 1943
4 "High Seas Highjacker" Falk McCoy 26 Jul 1943 26 Feb 1944
5 "Diana" Falk McCoy 28 Feb 1944 20 May 1944
6 "The Crooner" Falk McCoy 22 May 1944 26 Aug 1944
7 "The Maharajah's Daughter" Falk McCoy 28 Aug 1944 24 Mar 1945
8 "The Blue Gang" Falk McCoy 26 Mar 1945 26 May 1945
9 "Lago the Lake God" Falk McCoy 28 May 1945 11 Aug 1945
10 "The Wild Girl" Falk McCoy 13 Aug 1945 10 Nov 1945
11 "Princess Valerie" Falk Moore, McCoy 18 Feb 1946 13 Jul 1946
12 "Queen Asta of Trondelay" Falk McCoy 15 Jul 1946 26 Oct 1946
13 "Mister Hog" Falk McCoy 28 Oct 1946 29 Mar 1947
14 "Romance" Falk McCoy 31 Mar 1947 29 Nov 1947
15 "The Devil Road" Falk McCoy 1 Dec 1947 22 May 1948
16 "The Girls" Falk McCoy 24 May 1948 30 Oct 1948
17 "The Masked Marvel" Falk McCoy 1 Nov 1948 19 Feb 1949
18 "Fathers and Sons" Falk McCoy 21 Feb 1949 23 Apr 1949
19 "The Flirtatious Princess" Falk McCoy 25 Apr 1949 20 Aug 1949
20 "The Thuggees" Falk McCoy 22 Aug 1949 25 Feb 1950
21 "The Ape Idol of the Durugu" Falk McCoy 27 Feb 1950 6 May 1950
22 "The Movie Stars" Falk McCoy 8 May 1950 9 Sep 1950
23 "The White Monkey" Falk McCoy 11 Sep 1950 2 Dec 1950
24 "The Gray Gang" Falk McCoy 4 Dec 1950 24 Mar 1951
25 "Whirlpool Channel" Falk McCoy 26 Mar 1951 16 Jun 1951
26 "The Tiger Girl" Falk McCoy 18 Jun 1951 15 Sep 1951
27 "The Governor's Family" Falk McCoy 17 Sep 1951 1 Dec 1951
28 "The Professor" Falk McCoy 3 Dec 1951 15 Mar 1952
29 "The Jungle Patrol" Falk McCoy 17 Mar 1952 31 May 1952
30 "Bobo the Toy Dog" Falk McCoy 2 Jun 1952 19 Jul 1952
31 "The Great Ajax" Falk McCoy 21 Jul 1952 11 Oct 1952
32 "The Toad Men" Falk McCoy 13 Oct 1952 28 Feb 1953
33 "The Lady from Nowhere" Falk McCoy 2 Mar 1953 20 Jun 1953
34 "The Matchmaker" Falk McCoy 22 Jun 1953 10 Oct 1953
35 "The Super Apes" Falk McCoy 12 Oct 1953 30 Jan 1954
36 "Ragon's Game" Falk McCoy 1 Feb 1954 5 Jun 1954
37 "The Mob" Falk McCoy 7 Jun 1954 11 Sep 1954
38 "The Wrestling Tourney" Falk McCoy 13 Sep 1954 18 Dec 1954
39 "Aboard the SS Gay" Falk McCoy 20 Dec 1954 12 Mar 1955
40 "The Slimming of Prince Tagon" Falk McCoy 14 Mar 1955 21 May 1955
41 "Captain Kidder's Treasure" Falk McCoy 23 May 1955 30 Jul 1955
42 "Dr Axel and the Witchmen" Falk McCoy 1 Aug 1955 8 Oct 1955
43 "Queen Sansamor and the Sixth Man" Falk McCoy 10 Oct 1955 21 Jan 1956
44 "The Wisdom of Solomon" Falk McCoy 23 Jan 1956 25 Feb 1956
45 "U-Town" Falk McCoy 27 Feb 1956 19 May 1956
46 "The Grove of the Sleeping Giant" Falk McCoy 21 May 1956 1 Sep 1956
47 "The Shoplifters" Falk McCoy 3 Sep 1956 17 Nov 1956
48 "The Heavyweight Champion" Falk McCoy 19 Nov 1956 12 Jan 1957
49 "Wambo the Gambler" Falk McCoy 14 Jan 1957 30 Mar 1957
50 "The White Princess" Falk McCoy 1 Apr 1957 29 Jun 1957
51 "The Valley of No Return" Falk McCoy 1 Jul 1957 21 Sep 1957
52 "The Crown Jewels of Corba" Falk McCoy 23 Sep 1957 21 Dec 1957
53 "The Scorpia" Falk McCoy 23 Dec 1957 3 May 1958
54 "The Two Signs" Falk McCoy 5 May 1958 23 Aug 1958
55 "The Crybaby" Falk McCoy 25 Aug 1958 1 Nov 1958
56 "The Underwater Diamond Thieves" Falk McCoy 3 Nov 1958 7 Mar 1959
57 "The Betrothal" Falk McCoy 9 Mar 1959 13 Jun 1959
58 "The Swamp Rats" Falk McCoy 15 Jun 1959 3 Oct 1959
59 "The Flying Horse" Falk McCoy 5 Oct 1959 16 Jan 1960
60 "The Reporter" Falk McCoy 18 Jan 1960 2 Apr 1960
61 "The Monkey Mail" Falk McCoy 4 Apr 1960 6 Aug 1960
62 "The Jungle Olympics" Falk McCoy 8 Aug 1960 29 Oct 1960
63 "The 50th Wife" Falk McCoy 31 Oct 1960 25 Feb 1961
64 "The Iron Dragon" Falk McCoy 27 Feb 1961 13 May 1961
65 "The Werewolf" Falk McCoy 15 May 1961 19 Aug 1961

Sunday stories

# Title Writer Artist Start End
1 "Castle in the Clouds" Falk Moore, McCoy 18 Oct 1942 18 Apr 1943
2 "The Ismani Cannibals" Falk McCoy 25 Apr 1943 4 Jul 1943
3 "Hamid the Terrible" Falk McCoy 11 Jul 1943 25 Jun 1944
4 "The Childhood of the Phantom" Falk McCoy 2 Jul 1944 7 Jan 1945
5 "The Golden Princess" Falk McCoy 14 Jan 1945 24 Jun 1945
6 "The Strange Fisherman" Falk McCoy 1 Jul 1945 2 Dec 1945
7 "The Scarlet Sorceress" Falk Moore, McCoy 11 Aug 1946 22 Dec 1946
8 "The 12 Tasks" Falk Moore, McCoy 29 Dec 1946 29 Jun 1947
9 "The Marshall Sisters" Falk Moore, McCoy 23 Nov 1947 16 May 1948
10 "The Haunted Castle" Falk Moore, McCoy 12 Sep 1948 13 Feb 1949
11 "Fathers and Sons" Falk McCoy 20 Feb 1949 24 Apr 1949
12 "The Flirtatious Princess" Falk McCoy 1 May 1949 21 Aug 1949
13 "The Thuggees" Falk McCoy 28 Aug 1949 19 Feb 1950
14 "The Ape Idol of the Durugu" Falk McCoy 26 Feb 1950 7 May 1950
15 "The Mysterious Passenger" Falk McCoy 14 May 1950 16 Jul 1950
16 "Jungle King" Falk McCoy 23 Jul 1950 22 Oct 1950
17 "The Phantom's Ring" Falk McCoy 29 Oct 1950 10 Jun 1951
18 "The Rope People" Falk McCoy 17 Jun 1951 4 Nov 1951
19 "Tale of Devil" Falk McCoy 11 Nov 1951 23 Mar 1952
20 "The 'Copter Pirates" Falk McCoy 30 Mar 1952 13 Jul 1952
21 "The Female Phantom" Falk McCoy 20 Jul 1952 12 Oct 1952
22 "Diana and the Bank Robbers" Falk McCoy 19 Oct 1952 1 Feb 1953
23 "The Chain" Falk McCoy 8 Feb 1953 24 May 1953
24 "Madcap Miriam" Falk McCoy 31 May 1953 18 Oct 1953
25 "The Imaginary Playmate" Falk McCoy 25 Oct 1953 31 Jan 1954
26 "The Belt" Falk McCoy 7 Feb 1954 6 Jun 1954
27 "The Master Spy" Falk McCoy 13 Jun 1954 10 Oct 1954
28 "Alexander's Cup" Falk McCoy 17 Oct 1954 27 Feb 1955
29 "The Gibs Brothers" Falk McCoy 6 Mar 1955 3 Apr 1955
30 "The Crescent Cult" Falk McCoy 10 Apr 1955 7 Aug 1955
31 "The Horned Star Demons" Falk McCoy 14 Aug 1955 6 Nov 1955
32 "A Proper Husband" Falk McCoy 13 Nov 1955 12 Feb 1956
33 "The Jungle Tourneys" Falk McCoy 19 Feb 1956 20 May 1956
34 "Pirate Day" Falk McCoy 27 May 1956 19 Aug 1956
35 "The Rattle" Falk McCoy 26 Aug 1956 13 Jan 1957
36 "Danglor, International Bank Thief" Falk McCoy 20 Jan 1957 7 Apr 1957
37 "A Lesson for Prince Orq" Falk McCoy 14 Apr 1957 18 Aug 1957
38 "The Frameup" Falk McCoy 25 Aug 1957 22 Dec 1957
39 "The Monster of Green Valley" Falk McCoy 29 Dec 1957 27 Jul 1958
40 "The Plant God of the Massau" Falk McCoy 3 Aug 1958 21 Dec 1958
41 "A Tale of the Good Mark" Falk McCoy 28 Dec 1958 14 Jun 1959
42 "The Childhood of the Phantom" Falk McCoy 21 Jun 1959 3 Jan 1960
43 "The River Gang" Falk McCoy 10 Jan 1960 22 May 1960
44 "The Honeymooners" Falk McCoy 29 May 1960 23 Oct 1960
45 "The Goggle-Eye Pirates" Falk McCoy 30 Oct 1960 26 Mar 1961
46 "Fluffy" Falk McCoy 2 Apr 1961 13 Aug 1961
47 "The Limper" Falk McCoy, Infantino, Lignante 20 Aug 1961 29 Oct 1961


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