Happy Thursday!!! Today, Remembering Cartoonist/Comic Book Artist Irwin Hasen on his Birthday, July 8, 1918 – March 13, 2015. You probably know that Irwin Hasen was the creator of “Dondi”, the comic strip that prior to it's end in 1986, had been syndicated in over 250 newspapers, and ran for over 30 years. Voted “Best narrative comic strip of 1961-1962 by the National Cartoonists Society, “Dondi was made into a motion picture in 1961 and starred David Janssen, Patti Page, and Walter Winchell .
He created the comic book character “Wildcat”, Illustrated covers for “Wonder Woman" comic books, and drew the comic strip “The Goldbergs” that was adapted from the successful radio and television series.
For over twenty-five years Mr. Hasen was an instructor at the “Joe Kubert School of Cartoon & Graphic art, Inc. and he also taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York City."-The Artist Within
Here's a nice quote from Irwin about working in comics in those early years, "You worked around the clock, but you were young enough not to know that you worked around the clock. I sat in a room where I lived with my parents, my grandmother and grandfather. They put me in one room, I had a little desk with my drawing board and a radio. I listened to all the radio stations. I did my work and listened to the shows, the ballgames. We all did that. We Sat alone in a room. At 9:, 9:30, I'd leave the apartment, my parents were sleeping, and I got in a cab, I'd get downtown, to an elegant bar, and I'd go sit at the bar alone; I was a loner. I just wanted to get the hell out of the house. I didn't get drunk, I'd just go there to sit at the bar."
I had the honor of photographing Irwin in his apt. in Manhattan for "The Artist Within: Book 2".
Here's that shot, one of my favorites, enjoy.
art © Irwin Hasen
photo © Greg Preston
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