Frank was a journeyman cartoonist, with his work seen by millions.
Just looking at his resume (and this is a partial list) —
Terry and the Pirates— it's easy to see that pretty much everyone experienced his inky lines.
New York Daily News
comic books (DC, Marvel, Western Publishing)
The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist
The Heart of Juliet Jones
Of his freelance career, he once said
"There were some raggedy times, but I always had work, raised five kids, bought some houses, bought some cars...I've been lucky."I'm quoting Mark Evanier's blog (link below), and I agree with Mark's opinion: luck had little to do with it; talent and drive was his secret of success. (Drive was a big part of his life. The number of times he had biked RAGBRAI, an annual 7 day, 472 bike ride thru Iowa, was in the double digits.)
Mark is also right about the NCS. Frank was a much loved guy amongst the members. To a lot of people (including me), Frank exemplified the NCS.
I was fortunate to know Frank and his wife Barbara. Frank, a past National Cartoonists Society president, advised me about NCS issues. When I rang, he always picked up the phone and, treating me like an equal, gave me his opinion. I shall miss him.
My heartfelt condolences to Barbara, and the Springer children and grandchildren. Frank shall be missed and he'll be remembered.
NY Newsday obituary
Mark Evanier remembers
Dan Best interviews Frank from January 10, 2008
ComicBookCollectorsBlog: In Memoriam... Frank Springer
John Kovaleski: Cartoonists I Dig - Frank Springer
Above: Frank draws caricatures at the Manhattan Savings Bank's 1987 NCS show.
Above: Grand Ballroom, The Plaza, New York City, April 21, 1970.
Frank's bio page from the NCS Album, revised edition, 1972, compiled by Mort Walker.
Above: a November 20, 2005 photo of Frank and Ashley Smith-Piraro. Behind him is the Overlook Lounge cartoon mural in progress. You can see the head of Phoebe Zeit-Geist bottom left.