- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Harry Lampert, 88, cartoonist

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Harry Lampert, the illustrator who created the DC Comics superhero “The Flash” and later became known for his instructional books on bridge, died of cancer on Saturday at Boca Raton Community Hospital. He was 88.

He began drawing professionally at age 16, inking cartoons at Fleischer Studios in New York for characters such as Popeye, Betty Boop and KoKo the Clown.

Mr. Lampert created the DC Comics original “Flash Comics 1” in 1940, collaborating with writer Gardner Fox. The first edition featuring the physics-defying superhero has become a classic among comic book collectors.

“Up to the last week, he was redrawing ‘The Flash’ and selling it to people,” his daughter said.

Mr. Lampert spent much of his life as a cartoonist, and he taught at the New York School of Visual Arts. He also started an advertising agency in New York, which won several awards, including the Golden Lion at the Cannes festival in France.

After retiring in Florida, he became known as an avid bridge player. He became president of the American Bridge Teachers’ Association and wrote several books on the subject, including “The Fun Way to Serious Bridge.”

He is survived by his wife, Adele Lampert; a daughter, Karen Lampert Akavan; and two grandsons.

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