Sunday, November 14, 2004

Harry Lampert, co-creator of Golden Age Flash, dies

Harry Lampert, the illustrator who created the original Flash with Gardner Fox, died Saturday at Boca Raton Community Hospital in Florida. He was 88. The Associated Press carries Lampert's obituary:
"He based it on the character in mythology (Hermes) ... the wings on his feet," said daughter Karen Lampert Akavan. "He had no idea how big it would be."

Lampert received a steady stream of fan mail and requests for his early 'Flash' drawings. But his favorite illustrations were gag cartoons, which appeared in publications including Time, Esquire, The New York Times, Saturday Evening Post and Saturday Review.

"Up to the last week he was redrawing 'The Flash' and selling it to people," his daughter said.
He is survived by his wife, Adele, his daughter, and two grandsons.

Mark Evanier also notes Lampert's passing, with some background on the Flash Comics collaboration.