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Early Comics Artist Janice Valleau Winkleman Dead at 90

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A week ago, one of the earliest female comics artists and one of the hundreds of people who left comics after the Senate hearings of the 1950s passed away in Florida at the age of 90Janice Valleau Winkleman, who was credited as Ginger Valleau, Janice Valleau, and Janice Winkleman throughout her career, began drawing comics in the late 1930s.  Winkleman got her first job drawing comics for the company that would become Archie Comics but also did a great deal of work for Quality Comics.  The character she was most associated with was the detective model Toni Gayle, but she also drew many other characters including Veronica and Betty.

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