‘Shadow’ illustrator Cartier dies at 94

Artists' work appeared in several sci-fi novels

RAMSEY, N.J. (AP) — Edward D. Cartier, whose illustrations graced “The Shadow” and numerous other science fiction and mystery publications in a career that spanned several decades, has died at 94.

Cartier died Dec. 25 at his home in Ramsey, according to his son, Dean Cartier. The elder Cartier had suffered from Parkinson’s disease in recent years, his son said.

Cartier’s artwork appeared in works by authors such as Robert A. Heinlein and Isaac Asimov, but he is perhaps best known for the hundreds of illustrations he did for “The Shadow” in the 1930s and 1940s.

Written by Walter B. Gibson, “The Shadow” novels appeared in pulp magazines and detailed the exploits of a mysterious, black-attired crime fighter.

Cartier began doing illustrations for the novels in 1936. Not long after that, he turned down an offer to be an assistant to Norman Rockwell, according to Anthony Tollin, editor of “The Shadow & Doc Savage” reprint trade paperbacks.

In addition to more than 800 illustrations for “The Shadow,” Cartier drew hundreds of illustrations for numerous other science fiction magazines. He also was the premier artist for the Fantasy Press and Gnome Press book publishing houses in the 1950s.

Dean Cartier said his father created a Christmas card that he sent to family and friends each year starting in the late 1970s. The last one, drawn in 2005, depicted Santa Claus handing “The Shadow” a gift.