Reynold Brown Early Years: Tailspin Tommy Comics, North American Aviation Aircraft: 1932 - 1946

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Reynold Brown was born in Los Angeles, California on October 18, 1917. He grew up in San Gabriel and went to Alhambra High School, in Alhambra, CA. With his father's death due to cancer in 1936 Reynold found himself with a mother and two sisters to support. He took on a number of small art jobs before meeting Hal Forrest of the comic strip "Tailspin Tommy." He joined Forrest as an inker, the person who adds the ink to the penciled drawings. Forrest quickly recognized Brown's talent and soon Brown was doing all the drawings also. Brown worked with Forrest until 1941 when, at the advice of illustrator Norman Rockwell) he quit doing comic strip art and began looking for other work, eventually joining North American Aviation.

These links take you to work done before Reynold Brown began his illustration and movie poster career. Tailspin Tommy was a comic strip Brown worked on after leaving high school. He left the strip shortly after World War II started and joined North American Aviation. There he worked in the engineering department. The colored links are now accessible.

While working at North American Brown produced a poster, "Killing Time." While the poster was controversial it never-the-less showed strong design elements.

Tailspin Tommy

World War II

"Killing Time"

Early Poster work

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