Paul Norris, “last of the great creators of Golden Age DC super-heroes” RIP

It is with sadness that I read Mark Evanier’s reporting that Paul Norris, Aquaman‘s designer and first illustrator, has died at the age of 93.

Evanier noted that:

I think I oughta point out that he was the last of the great creators of Golden Age DC super-heroes. The guys who created Superman, Batman, Flash, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman are all gone…and now we’ve lost the guy who designed and first drew Aquaman.

Norris, as mentioned was Aquaman’s co-creator, but he also worked on the Sandman feature whilst Simon and Kirby were otherwise occupied. He and writing partner Mort Weisinger were responsible for the Sandman’s shift into the pure super-hero and they created his side-kick, Sandy Hawkes, the current JSA’s Sandman.