Remembering Cartoonist Mell Lazarus on his Birthday Today too, May 3, 1927 – May 24, 2016.
"Mell started his first hit strip, MISS PEACH, in 1957, the strip was developed in response to a contest for new comics sponsored by United Features Syndicate. “I scanned the papers, and there was nothing about schools, so I invented MISS PEACH,” Lazarus said. While he did not win the UFS contest, MISS PEACH went on to become an enormous success. The comic strip appeared in 300 newspapers worldwide until Lazarus ended it in 2002."-
"Momma", his second strip was was created in 1970 and was based partly on Mell’s mother, Frances. When Lazarus first showed the comic strip to his mother, she replied, “You caught Aunt Helen to-a-tee!”
While his own mother was influential, however, Lazarus points out that MOMMA reflects everyone’s mother.
Mell's first novel, The Boss Is Crazy, Too, was influenced by his experiences as an editor at Toby Press, whose owners included Al Capp, creator of LI’L ABNER. His second novel, The Neighborhood Watch, is the story of a financially strapped writer in Brooklyn who steals from his wealthy neighbors."-creators.com
Over the years I had the chance to photograph Mell a few times, but this is the shot that I used in the first "Artist Within" Book!
A nice quote from Mell: The secret of life is to skip having children and go directly to grandchildren, lol!
Mell had 3 daughters.
If you enjoy portraits of artists in their studios, you can see more on our website here: https://sampselprestonphotography.com/the-artist-within-boo…
And both books are available for purchase on The Sideshow Collectables website here: https://www.sideshow.com/manufa…/sampsel-preston-photography
art© Mell Lazarus