Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Sometimes there are comic strips and cartoonists that never get the recognition they deserve.
Creig Flessel, who was a comic book artist before superheroes were on the scene, was a journeyman cartoonist. (He studied in New York City, where his classmate was Charles Addams.) While at DC Comics, he became known for characters like The Sandman and The Shining Knight.
The son of a blacksmith, Creig went on to have a successful career in advertising and comic strips. He was also chair of the Berndt Toast Gang, the Long Island chapter of the National Cartoonists Society. Perhaps he is best known as a cartoonist's cartoonist; revered among his peers, but not as well known as the big names.
My friend Ger Apeldoorn seeks to shine the spotlight on Creig by showing us some gorgeous DAVID CRANE Sunday comic strips from the early 1960s.
I agree with Ger: there is a loose, confident, illustrative ink line at play. Well worth savoring.
Posted by Mike Lynch at 9:47 AM