Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Cartoonist Leonard Starr, best known for creating "Mary Perkins, On Stage," relaunching "Little Orphan Annie," and creating the animated TV series "ThunderCats" died June 30, 2015 in Connecticut. He was 89 years old.
(Above: Starr inks Frank Bolle in this pretty much forgotten series from Crown Comics. See the whole thing over at Ger Apeldoorn's blog.)
A native New Yorker, he graduated from the High School of Music and Art, and then Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. While an art student, Mr. Starr freelanced for a variety of comic book companies, including Timely (later Marvel) and DC. He drew the Human Torch and Sub-Mariner.
After years of working in advertising, he created "Mary Perkins, On Stage" for the Chicago Tribune-Daily News Syndicate. He wrote and illustrated the popular feature until 1979, when he helmed the revival of the late Harold Gray's "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip. It was later retitled "Annie." He continued to work on the strip until his retirement in 2000.
In the early 1980s, he teamed with fellow cartoonist Stan Drake to create "Kelly Green;" a series of graphic novels for Dargaud Publishing about a sexy female action hero. (It's scheduled to be reprinted by Classic Comics Press this December.)
In 1984, Mr. Starr was creator and head writer for the animated TV series "ThunderCats."
He had been awarded with the top prize from the National Cartoonists Society, the Reuben Award, in 1965. He had won the NCS Best Story Comic Strip Division Award in 1960 and 1963.
Mr. Starr has his home in Westport, CT and is survived by his wife Bobbie.
Truly one of the giants in his field; a man with superlative ink line, respected by his peers. He created comics and cartoons that touched fans for decades.
Lo Spazio Bianco obituary (in Italian)
Posted by Mike Lynch at 8:38 AM