Frank Springer (Marvel G1) has died

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  1. TRANSJAZZ

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    Newsday.com is reporting that comic's artist Frank Springer passed away April 5th at the age of 79. Springer is known to Transformers fans as the artist behind the first four issues of the Marvel Comics series and the Headmasters mini-series.

    Here is awards Mr. Springer won:
    National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award — Comic Books (Story): 1973, 1977, 1981
    Inkpot Award: 2004

    Here is the associated Press aicle of Mr. Springer's passing:

    BY JENNIFER BARRIOS | jennifer.barrios@newsday.com 9:13 PM EDT, April 5, 2009 Frank Springer, a longtime Long Islander who was a prolific comics artist for such strips as "Terry and the Pirates" and "Rex Morgan, M.D.," died Thursday at his home in Damariscotta, Maine, of prostate cancer. He was 79.

    Springer was a gregarious and practical man who labored for hours a day in his backyard studio, said his son, Jon Springer of Brooklyn. "He'd be out there basically all day long, morning until dinnertime."

    The artist would listen to jazz and opera while he worked, and he never got too high-minded about his outstanding talent, his son said. "He was a normal, conservative kind of guy," Jon Springer said.

    Frank Springer drew for a wide variety of companies, including DC Comics and Marvel. He also illustrated an adult-themed satire, "The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist," a comic that Springer considered one of his best works.


    "Very few people could surpass him as an artist, as a gentleman, and as a true gentleman in my field," said Stan Goldberg, who draws the "Archie" comics. "When you see a Frank Springer job, you know it's going to be the best job in the world."

    Frank Springer was born Dec. 6, 1929, in Jamaica, Queens. After earning a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Syracuse University, he joined the Army during the Korean War and drew maps at Fort Dix, N.J. He and his wife, Barbara, lived in Lynbrook, Massapequa Park and Greenlawn before moving to Maine in 1995.

    Barbara Springer said her husband loved Long Island, and the couple had planned to move to the North Fork before his cancer suddenly progressed.

    Frank Springer was past president of the National Cartoonists Society, and a founding member of the Berndt Toast Gang, the society's Long Island chapter. He won the society's Reuben Award three times.

    Adrian Sinnott, chairman of the Berndt Toast Gang, said Springer was known as much for his draftsmanship as for his personality. "Frank was a character in the industry," Sinnott said.

    Mort Drucker, a fellow artist who has drawn many Mad Magazine covers, said Springer will be missed.

    "He was a handsome guy, he was talented, and he was very social," Drucker said. "A very, very talented artist."

    Besides his wife of 52 years and his son Jon, Springer is survived by four children: Barbara Edwards of Asheville, N.C.; Bill Springer of Fairfax, Va.; Jennifer Dills of Fairfax, Va.; and Christopher Springer of White Plains; and seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister.

    A memorial service is planned for later this spring on Long Island.
     
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    I remember a many notebook and textbook doodles in gradeschool copying what I read and reread in Transformers #1.

    And lars573, a LITTLE more couth maybe?
     
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    I loved the first four issues, some of my favorite of all time. RIP Frank Springer, and thank you.
     
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    RIP, Frank.
    Mods, can we change the title of this thread from 'past' to 'passed?'
     
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    Yes thanks for your contribution Frank.
     
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    Not necessarily.

    Anyway, sad to hear the news. Criticism from other posts aside, this guy was an OG for the fandom. Sad to hear he's gone.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up...that was new to me!
     
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    I'll have to go back and read them as I've never read the first four issues, I didn't get into the TF comics till probably issue #30 or so and not regularly till issue #50.

    Rest In Peace Frank.
     
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    I guess Springer didn't have anything better to do that night.
     
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    RIP, good sir.
     
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    My heart and prayers go out to him and his family.....Rest in peace Frank.
     
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    I posted this thread to celebrate the life of a great artist. Frank led the way for the people that started Dreamwave and all the other comic artists since. RIP Frank. Thanks for all the great memories in the form of your comics.
     
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    I'm sorry to hear this... I must have read those first four issues a thousand times as a kid, carefully examining every frame and every word.

    I never cared that the designs weren't always just right, and when someone was misdrawn or miscolored, I imagined they were simply another character that we hadn't met yet. Seems we had better imaginations when we were wee ones.

    Those early issues are a HUGE part of TF history. Thanks for your contribution, Frank.
     
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    Suck :( 

    RIP Mr. Springer
     
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    Yup. I'll be re-reading my original Marvel run tonight as a mark of respect.
    (plus, I love the old marvel G1 run most out of all the G1 comics we've had)
    RIP Frank, and thank you.
     
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    Frank Springer was a great artist IMO. His strong contributions to the transformers universe were epitomized by his amazing & dynamic transformers covers and smooth storytelling in the headmaster mini-series.

    Rest In Peace.
     
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    Holy crap. That was so hilarious and bad at the same time.

    RIP Frank. My condolences to your family.
     
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    I'm with Draven on this, time to dig out those old issues. RIP Frank
     
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    Rest in Peace, Frank. Thank you for the memories.
     

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