Robert K. "Bob" LeRose
, New York City
, New York
- August 30
, Elmont, New York
) was an American advertising artist
and a comic book colorist
for DC Comics
, who provided the color for hundreds of stories featuring Batman
, and other major characters.
Early life and career
Raised in the Richmond Hill
neighborhood of Queens
, New York City, Bob LeRose was drated
into the U.S. Army
in 1942. Following his discharge three years later, he attended Phoenix Art School in New York City on the G.I. Bill
. He spent more than two decades as an office manager and a watercolor
artist for the advertising agency Johnstone and Cushing
, which created custom comics for Boys' Life
magazine and such corporations
, General Motors
, and B.F. Goodrich
. In 1962, when art director Al Stenzel
took the Boy's Life
account, without which the agency could not survive, LeRose followed Stenzel to the newly formed Stenzel Productions.
In 1976, comic-book artist Neal Adams
, who had worked with LeRose at Johnstone and Cushing, recommended him to DC. LeRose's first recorded credits include Batman Family
#11 (June 1977), DC Special
#28 (July 1977) and DC Special Series
LeRose colored across genres, from superheroes (Action Comics, Detective Comics, Justice League America, Legion of Super-Heroes Robin, World's Finest Comics) to the supernatural (Secrets of Haunted House), from war comics (G.I. Combat) to Westerns (Weird Western Tales). In addition, he was among the handful who handled the multi-issue Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe in 1985, and also recolored the hardcover Golden Age of Comic Books reprint series Superman Archives and Batman: The Dark Knight Archives'' in the 1990s.
From 1986 to 1993, he was, variously, the cover artist or the colorist of Mayfair Games' "DC Heroes" line of roleplaying games, including An Element of Danger, The Green Lantern Corps Sourcebook, Who's Who in the DC Universe, Superman: The Man of Steel Sourcebook, and DC Heroes Role-Playing Game, 3rd Edition.
LeRose semi-retired in 1996, continuing to work at DC one day a week, initially in the office and eventually, due to emphysema
, at home. He died of complications from that disease. He was predeceased by his first wife, Alice, with whom he had three children and who died in 1992. He remarried in 2002, to second wife Veronica.