Tuesday, November 16, 2004

New York Times carries Lampert's obituary

The New York Times notes the passing of Harry Lampert, co-creator of the original Flash. Lampert, 88, died Saturday in Boca Raton, Fla.:
Bursting onto the comic-book scene in January 1940, the Flash was among the first superheroes of the genre's golden age. (Superman had appeared just two years earlier.) Written by Gardner Fox and drawn by Mr. Lampert, the character made his debut in the anthology Flash Comics, published by All-American Publications, an offshoot of DC Comics. Mr. Lampert received $150 for his work, The Washington Post reported in 1996.

... The character was an immediate success, but Mr. Lampert preferred drawing humorous subjects. (His gag cartoons appeared in Esquire, The Saturday Evening Post and elsewhere.) After two issues of the Flash, he was replaced. He went on to a second career as the owner of the Lampert Agency, an advertising concern, and a third as a bridge writer and teacher of contract bridge.