Monday, April 6, 2009

In Memorium: Frank Springer

Frank Springer, a longtime Long Islander who was a prolific comics artist for such strips as "Terry and the Pirates" and "Rex Morgan, M.D.," died Thursday at his home in Maine of prostate cancer. He was 79.

Frank Springer drew for a wide variety of companies, including DC Comics and Marvel. He also illustrated an adult-themed satire, "The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist," a comic that Springer considered one of his best works.

Frank Springer was born Dec. 6, 1929, in Jamaica, Queens. After earning a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Syracuse University, he joined the Army during the Korean War and drew maps at Fort Dix, N.J.

Springer was past president of the National Cartoonists Society, and a founding member of the the society's Long Island chapter. He won the society's Reuben Award three times.

Condolences go out to his family, friends and thousands of fans.

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