November 3, 1916|
|Died||November 13, 2004
Boca Raton, Florida
|Area(s)||Penciller, Inker, Adman, Bridge teacher and author|
Harry Lampert (November 3, 1916 – November 13, 2004) was an American cartoonist, bridge book author, and bridge teacher.
Born in New York, 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 character after drawing only five stories, gravitating towards his preference for humorous work. 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 Magazine, The New York Times, Esquire, and The Saturday Evening Post. He was also an instructor for the New York 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 sketches and autographs and speaking about his famous comic book creation.
- — (1978). Fun Way to Learn Serious Bridge. Roslyn, New York: Hardel Publishing. The second edition, published in 1980 and subsequently reprinted, was titled The Fun Way to Serious Bridge.
- — (1985). The Fun Way to Advanced Bridge. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-671-53066-6.
- — (1988). Declarer Play and Opening Leads, a Fun Way Bridge Book. Deerfield, IL: Private. OCLC isbn =.
- — (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.
- "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V355-V5Q : accessed 01 Mar 2013), Harry Lampert, 13 November 2004.
- So stated on the front and back covers of his book The Fun Way to Advanced Bridge.
- Washington Post obituary - 'The Flash' Creator Harry Lampert Dies. Sunday, November 14, 2004; Page C10
- Video - Harry Lampert's appearance on San Diego Comicon panel, 2000
- Harry Lampert Bio on Lambiek
- Harry Lampert's Droopy the Drew Field Mosquito Gallery of comics and the Drew Field Echoes newspaper in which it appeared