Nancy by Mark Lasky

Mark Lasky was an American writer for comic books and newspaper strips, as well as an editor and artist with the United Feature Syndicate. worked for the United Feature Syndicate. He graduated from the University of Bridgeport and also studied at the Art Students League of New York. Early in his career he was a scriptwriter for comic books by Western Publishing based on popular animated cartoon characters, like Paul Terry's 'Mighty Mouse' and Jay Ward's 'Rocky & Bullwinkle' and 'Underdog'. He also made contributions to newspaper comics like Charles M. Schulz' 'Peanuts' and Mell Lazarus' 'Miss Peach' and 'Momma' in the early 1970s. Lasky also penned scripts for Creepy's horror comics, which were illustrated by artists like Walt Simonson and Klaus Janson.


Killer Claw from Creepy #102 (1978), written by Lasky and drawn by Simonson & Janson

Yet Lasky also took up the pencil himself. He drew a syndicated panel, 'Antennas' and was editor on Ernie Bushmiller's 'Nancy' for United Feature Syndicate in the final years of the creator's career. When Bushmiller passed away in 1982, Lasky continued the daily 'Nancy' strip, while Al Plastino took over the Sunday strip. Lasky perfectly mimicked the overall style and tone of the original. Unfortunately his era didn't last long. 11 months after his master's untimely passing, Lasky died too. He suffered from cancer and was only 29. 'Nancy' was passed on to Jerry Scott who'd continue it until 1995, when Guy Gilchrist took over.

United Media and Parsons The New School for Design launched the Mark Lasky Memorial Internship in 1984.

Nancy by Mark Lasky

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