Harvey Eisenberg

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Harvey Eisenberg
Born (1911-02-11)February 11, 1911
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died April 22, 1965(1965-04-22) (aged 54)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Myocardial infarction
Nationality American
  • Comic book artist
  • animator
Years active c.1938–1965

Harvey Eisenberg (February 11, 1912 – April 22, 1965)[1] was an American animator and comic book artist. Best known for his work with William Hanna and Joseph Barbera at MGM and later at their own Hanna-Barbera Productions, Eisenberg illustrated a large number of comic book stories and comic strips starring characters such as Tom and Jerry, Yogi Bear, and The Flintstones, while also working as an animation layout artist and character designer on the cartoons themselves.[2]

Eisenberg was a native of Brooklyn, New York City, New York of German descent, where as an adult he met another cartoonist, Joseph Barbera. Barbera later got Eisenberg a job at the MGM cartoon studio in the late 1930s, where Eisenberg worked in Barbera and William Hanna's unit doing layouts for Tom and Jerry cartoons. From 1946 to 1951, Eisenberg and Joseph Barbera were partners in Dearfield Publishing, a comic book company with titles such as "Red" Rabbit Comics, Foxy Fagan, and Junie Prom.[3][4]

Eisenberg went into comic book illustration full-time from the late 1940s on, and illustrated many issues of Tom and Jerry and later Hanna-Barbera related comic books and children's books. His prolific career as an illustrator of Hanna-Barbera comics has drawn comparison to the work Carl Barks did for Walt Disney Productions.[5]

Eisenberg's son Jerry Eisenberg became a storyboard artist, layout artist, and character designer for Hanna-Barbera in the late 1950s, and later also worked for Ruby-Spears Productions as well.[2] Following a series of heart attacks, Harvey Eisenberg died on April 22, 1965.


  1. ^ "Jerry Eisenberg, Part Six, Final". YOWP: Stuff About Early Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. Retrieved 2013-05-12. 
  2. ^ a b Shostak, Stu (03-11-2011). "Interview with Jerry Eisenberg, Scott Shaw!, and Earl Kress". Stu's Show. Retrieved 03-18-2013. Jerry Eisenberg, Scott Shaw!, and Earl Kress were all former employees of Hanna-Barbera over the years, and relate the history of the studio to hot Stu Shostak
  3. ^ Blake, Corey; Shaw!, Scott (2012-11-14). "Thank You, Comic Books!". The Comics Observer. Retrieved 2013-05-12. 
  4. ^ "Dearfield Publishing". Grand Comics Database. Retrieved 2013-05-12. 
  5. ^ Sporn, Michael (2012-11-13). "Eisneberg's Mickey!". Michael Sporn Animation. Retrieved 2013-05-12.