Sid Jacobson

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Sid Jacobson
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Sidney Jacobson
BornSidney Jacobson
(1929-10-20) October 20, 1929 (age 89)
Brooklyn, New York[1]
Notable works
Richie Rich
Hot Stuff
Casper the Friendly Ghost
The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation
AwardsInkpot Award, 2003

Sid Jacobson (born October 20,[2] 1929)[1] is an American writer who has worked in the fields of children's comic books, popular music, fiction, biography, and non-fiction comics. He was managing editor and editor in chief for Harvey Comics. Jacobson is also known for his late-career collaborations with artist Ernie Colón, including such nonfiction graphic novels as The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation and Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography.


Sid Jacobson graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School and then New York University, where he majored in journalism. His first jobs out of school were at the New York tabloid The Compass and the horse racing paper The Morning Telegraph.[1]

In the 1950s and 1960s, while working at Harvey Comics, Jacobson wrote songs for such pop acts as Frankie Avalon ("A Boy Without a Girl"), Earl Grant ("(At) The End (of a Rainbow)"), Dion and the Belmonts, and Johnny Mathis—despite the fact that Jacobson did not read music.[1] It was at Harvey that Jacobson met artist Ernie Colón, whose work he edited for many years both there and at Star Comics.

After his long stint at Harvey, Jacobson became an executive editor at Marvel Comics, where he helped create the children's imprint Star Comics.[3] In addition to editing the entire Star line, Jacobson contributed scripts to some of the titles such as Wally the Wizard and Top Dog.[4] He wrote comics adaptations of the films Santa Claus: The Movie (1985),[5] Labyrinth (1986), Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night (1987), and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988).[4]

During this period, Jacobson published the novel Streets of Gold (Pocket Books, 1985), a fictionalized history of his family's immigration journey from the shtetls of Russia to the United States.[1]

Jacobson returned to Harvey Comics in the early 1990s, among other things creating a line of Hanna-Barbera comics, original stories based on the animated TV series characters.

In 2006, Jacobson and his old Harvey colleague Ernie Colón teamed up as writer and illustrator to create a graphic novel version of the 9/11 Commission Report titled The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation. In 2008, they released a 160-page follow-up: After 9/11: America's War on Terror. Subsequent collaborations with Colón include A Graphic Biography: Che, released in 2009; and Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography, published in 2010 by Hill & Wang in the U.S. and Uitgeverij Luitingh in the Netherlands.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Jacobson has two children, Seth and Kathy.[7] He lives in Los Angeles.[1]


Sid Jacobson received an Inkpot Award in 2003.[8]


  • The Ultimate Casper the Friendly Ghost ISBN 1-4165-0797-3
  • The Ultimate Casper Comics Collection ISBN 1-59687-823-1
  • The Ultimate Hot Stuff ISBN 1-4165-0835-X
  • Streets of Gold (as "Sidney Jacobson") (Pocket Books, 1985) ISBN 0-671-44214-7
  • Pete Reiser: The Rough-and-Tumble Career of the Perfect Ballplayer (McFarland & Company, 2004) ISBN 0-7864-1876-1
  • The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation with Ernie Colón (Hill & Wang, 2006) ISBN 1-4177-5788-4
  • After 9/11: America's War on Terror (2001- ) with Ernie Colón (2007) ISBN 0-8090-2370-9
  • A Graphic Biography: Che (2009) with Ernie Colón ISBN 978-0-8090-9492-9
  • Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography with Ernie Colón (Hill & Wang, 2010)


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Author Interview: Sid Jacobson—From Richie Rich to Anne Frank". Hadassah Magazine. April 2011. Archived from the original on June 6, 2013.
  2. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  3. ^ DeFalco, Tom; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1980s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 220. ISBN 978-0756641238. Marvel decided to go ahead with its own children's line under [Tom] DeFalco and Jacobson. Marvel created new characters and licensed the rights to other popular properties under the name of Star Comics.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ a b Sid Jacobson at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^ Friedt, Stephan (December 2015). "Santa Claus: The Movie". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (85): 62–64.
  6. ^ Armstrong, Paul (July 9, 2010). "Graphic Account of Anne Frank Story Set for Debut". CNN. Archived from the original on December 4, 2011.
  7. ^ Jacobson, Sid. "Dedications," Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography (Hill & Wang, 2010).
  8. ^ "Inkpot Award Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on July 9, 2012.

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