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Hy Fleishman – RIP

Comic book artist Hy Fleishman has passed away.


Herman (Hy) Fleishman
November 18, 1927 – April 1, 2020

 

comic book artist, restaurateur

Sadly, one of our Senior Strippers has passed on.

From the obituary:

He attended City College of New York and the Cartoonist and Illustrators School of Art in Manhattan and became an accomplished Comic Book artist. He moved to Connecticut in 1964 where he opened the Howdy Beef Burger restaurant in East Hartford…in 1976 [Hy] opened The Dandy Lion restaurants in West Hartford and East Granby and Fleishman’s Luncheonette in West Hartford.

During the first half of the 1950s Hy drew all types of comic book stories – humor, romance, scifi, war.


 

He naturally contributed to the infamous horror comics of those days.

 

In 2008 Hy’s daughter recalled his comic book days:

He attended the Cartoonists and Illustrators School, co-founded by Burne Hogarth, after his service in the US Navy. My father explained that Hogarth was his instructor at the school and was famous at the time for his Tarzan comic strip in the Sunday Mirror. Hy Fleishman worked for numerous comic book publishers, illustrating stories and covers, colors and inks. My own remembrance of those years was waking up many mornings finding my father at his drawing table where he had been working all night to meet a deadline. His comment today was: “It was all a part of the work” he remembered nostalgically.

In the late 1950’s he was offered a job of illustrating a book a week for thirteen weeks for the IGA grocery stores … But after the 13 week contract was up, IGA did not renew the contract since the book was not selling at their stores and it was discontinued. His old job was taken and he never returned full-time to comic book illustration. Hy Fleishman said that “I really enjoyed the work, but it was another lifetime ago.”

 

Mr Karswell has a nice sampling of Hy’s horror and sci-fi comics. Including:

The fabled Hy comic book story that contributed to the crack down of Horror Comics in Scotland.

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