|Fletcher Hanks, Sr.|
|Born||December 1, 1887|
|Died||February 1976 (aged 88–89)
Manhattan, New York
Fletcher Hanks, Sr. (December 1, 1887 – February 1976, in New York City) was a cartoonist from the Golden Age of Comic Books, who wrote and drew stories detailing the adventures of all-powerful, supernatural heroes and their elaborate punishments of transgressors. In addition to his birth name, Hanks worked under a number of pen names, including "Henry Fletcher", "Barclay Flagg", "Bob Jordan", and "Hank Christy". Hanks was active in comic books from 1939 to 1941.
Life and career
Little is known of the life of Fletcher Hanks. He was born on December 1, 1887 and grew up in Oxford, Maryland. His father, William Hanks, was a Methodist minister, and his mother, Alice Fletcher Hanks, was daughter of English immigrants; they married c. 1885. Fletcher himself married Margaret c. 1912. In 1910, his mother paid for her son to take the W. L. Evans correspondance course in cartooning; as early as 1911 he described himself as a cartoonist
Hanks had four children: William, Fletcher Jr., Alma, and Douglas.Cite error: A
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- Karasik 2009, Introduction 1.
- Social Security Death Index entry no. 051-22-1426 New York from FamilySearch.org
- 1900 U.S census return for Allegheny County, Pennsylvania from FamilySearch.org
- 1930 U.S census return for Trappe District, Talbot County, Maryland from FamilySearch.org
- Manifest of Passengers for S.S. Oceana, arriving New York May 1st 1911 from FamilySearch.org, with detailed manifest available at www.ellisisland.org
- Karasik, Paul, ed. (2009). You Shall Die by Your Own Evil Creation!. Fantagraphics Books. ISBN 978-1-60699-160-2.
- Paul Karasik, ed. (2007). I Shall Destroy All The Civilized Planets!. Seattle, WA: Fantagraphics Books. ISBN 1-56097-839-2.
Work appearing elsewhere
- Jones, Gerard (2005). Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book. New York, NY: Basic Books. ISBN 978-0-465-03657-8. (appearing on the dust jacket only)
- Nadel, Dan (2006). Art Out Of Time. New York, NY: Abrams Books. ISBN 0-8109-5838-4.
- Sadowski, Greg (2009). Supermen!: The First Wave Of Comic Book Heroes 1939-1941. Seattle, WA: Fantagraphics Books. ISBN 1-56097-971-2.
- Website devoted to Fletcher Hanks
- Lambiek.net biography with links to Tabu, Stardust, and Space Smith stories
- Fantomah vs. giant spiders[dead link]
- Fantomah vs. hopped up gorillas
- World's best supervillain origin
- Profile of his son, Fletcher Hanks Jr, who talks about childhood with his father
- News article about his son, Fletcher Hanks Jr[dead link]
- Leopard Women of Venus, a role-playing game inspired by the works of Fletcher Hanks