Norman Nodel (1922-2000) was born Nochem Yeshaya as the son of an Orthodox rabbi. Nodel served as a field artist in the US Army where he drew military maps during World War II.
In the 1940s, Nodel worked as an assistant to George Marcoux, the newspaper artist who became known for creating Supersnipe, and he started making comics for True Comics and Sun Publications.
In Classics Illustrated, which began in 1941 and presented versions of literary classics, he illustrated many titles, such as Ivanhoe, Faust, Lion of the North, Les Miserables, and the Invisible Man.
That same year, Nodel worked on Illustrated Classics' revised version of The Man who Laughs, where his version showed a Gwynplaine far more frightening than the character's appearance in the 1928 movie release or the original Classics 1950 edition.
In 1988, Nodel began working for the Tzivos Hashem organization and The Moshiach Times, a Jewish children's magazine that created comics for the Jewish-American market, such as Labels for Laibel for Hachai Publishing.