November 3, 1916|
New York City, New York
|Died||November 13, 2004
Boca Raton, Florida, USA
|Area(s)||Penciller, Inker, Adman, Bridge teacher and writer|
Harry Lampert (November 3, 1916 – November 13, 2004) was an American cartoonist and bridge teacher and writer.
Born in New York City, Lampert began cartooning when he was sixteen years old, and worked for the legendary Max Fleischer, inking and helping produce Betty Boop, Popeye, and Koko the Clown cartoons. While stationed at Drew Field in Tampa, FL, he created Droopy the Drew Field Mosquito which ran in the Drew Field Echoes from 1942-1944. He began drawing comic books and he is best known in that field for being the artistic co-creator of the DC Comics superhero The Flash. Created in collaboration with writer Gardner Fox, the hero first appeared in Flash Comics #1 in 1940, but Lampert left "The Flash" after drawing only five stories, gravitating towards his preference for humorous work. (After he discovered his fame in the comics world 50 years later, Lampert observed that he didn't own any " 'original' originals", not even a Flash comic book. "It was too expensive.") He also drew the comic book characters "The King", "Red, White and Blue" and "The Atom". Lampert later went on to draw gag cartoons for TIME, The New York Times, Esquire, and The Saturday Evening Post. He was also an instructor for the New York City School of Visual Arts and founded the Lampert Agency, an advertising company which produced award-winning ads for clients such as Olympic Airways, Seagram, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
After his retirement in 1976, Lampert went on to write many instructional books on contract bridge. A Life Master and bridge teacher licensed by the American Contract Bridge League, Lampert spent years giving classes and working the cruise ship circuit teaching bridge to players. In the mid-1990s, Lampert became active in the comic book convention circuit, selling new sketches and autographs and speaking about his famous comic book creation.
- — (1978). Fun Way to Learn Serious Bridge. Roslyn, New York: Hardel Publishing. LCCN 78066744. Second edition 1980, The Fun Way to Serious Bridge; reprinted 1986, Simon & Schuster Fireside Books. LCCN 86-6657.
- — (1985). The Fun Way to Advanced Bridge. New York: Simon & Schuster Fireside Books. ISBN 0-671-53066-6. LCCN 84028802.
- — (1988). Declarer Play and Opening Leads, a Fun Way Bridge Book. Deerfield, IL: Private.
- — (1988). Teacher's Guide for Lesson Plans in Conjunction with Declarer Play and Opening Leads, a Fun Way Bridge Book. Deerfield, IL: Private.
- — (2002). Harry's Hands/Over 100 Funway Bridge Hands. Deerfield, IL: Private.
- — (2002). The Fun Way to Better Bridge. Louisville, KY: Devyn Press.
- "Harry Lampert: United States Social Security Death Index". FamilySearch (familysearch.org). Citing US SSA Death Master File. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
- "The Flash Creator Harry Lampert Dies". Patricia Sullivan. The Washington Post. November 14, 2004; Page C10. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- So stated on the front and back covers of his book The Fun Way to Advanced Bridge.
- Appearance on San Diego Comicon panel, 2000 (video)[dead link]
- Biography at Lambiek Comiclopedia
- Droopy the Drew Field Mosquito (scroll down) with gallery at Comics Collection, University of Florida
- Harry Lampert at Library of Congress Authorities, with 3 catalog records