Joseph “Joe” Maneely
(February 18, 1926 – June 7, 1958)
was an American comic book artist best known for his work at Marvel Comics’ 1950s predecessor, Atlas Comics, where he co-created the Marvel characters the Black Knight, the Ringo Kid, the Yellow Claw, and Jimmy Woo.
An exquisite draftsman whose delicate yet solid, fine-line figures made his work both distinctive and well-suited to the medium, Maneely was one of the relative stars of Atlas, along with such soon-to-blossom talents as Steve Ditko and John Romita, Sr.. Writer/editor Stan Lee commented that “Joe Maneely to me would have been the next Jack Kirby. He also could draw anything, make anything look exciting, and I actually think he was even faster than Jack.” Talented and well-respected, he died in a commuter-train accident shortly before Marvel’s ascendancy into a commercial and pop-cultural conglomerate.