The Flash, by Harry Lampert

Harry Lampert began his career at age 16, working at the Fleischer studios. There, he inked cartoons with 'Popeye', 'Betty Boop' and 'KoKo the Clown'. He worked as an artist for National (DC) in the 1930s and 1940s. He is best remembered as the creator of 'The Flash', about a college student who, after an accident in a chemical lab, found he had blinding speed and used it to fight crime. The feature first appeared in 1940, and Lampert worked on it for only five episodes. He has also worked on such early DC's titles as 'Red, White and Blue' and 'The King'. While stationed with the U.S. Army in Tampa during World War II, Lampert lifted morale through his 'Droopy the Drew Field Mosquito' cartoons. Other humor comic books he did were 'Cotton Top Katy', 'Winky Blinky' and 'Ton O' Fun'. He was also active as a gag cartoonist. His cartoons appeared in such periodicals as Time, Esquire, The New York Times, Saturday Evening Post and Saturday Review. Lampert was a teacher at the School of Visual Arts, and the founder of Lampert Agency, a New York based advertising firm, whose work included spots for Olympic Airways, Hanes Hosiery, Seagrams, the Netherlands and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Harry Lampert retired in 1976. Lampert was a big fan of bridge, and even wrote some books about the game after his retirement.

The Flash, by Harry Lampert

Last updated: 2006-11-15

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