Hy Eisman’s 90th!

It’s Hy Eisman’s 90th Birthday! (Born March 27, 1927)

I had Hy as a teacher for my first year of the Joe Kubert School (circa 1986-87). Hy taught lettering; which in those days meant Ames guide, a B6 lettering nib and india ink.

Hy was the kind of teacher you’d bring assignments to you’d been working on from other classes. His critiques had straightforward advice, with a little bit of biting wit thrown in for good measure. And if you paid attention and followed his advice, it made you a better artist. The class was INVALUABLE and had a real world payoff years later when I was doing the Flash Gordon comic strip.

Hand lettered Flash Gordon Sunday page from November 23, 1997.

A National Cartoonists Society Award winning cartoonist, Hy has worked for many different publishers over the years (Charlton, Marvel and Harvey to name a few) and has also worked on such classic comic strip characters as the Katzenjammer Kids and Popeye.

I point out his Syndicate work as I coincidentally get to work on Hy’s artwork as colorist.
It’s been a privilege to be able to work on Hy’s comic strip work for all these years (Hy started on the Katzenjammer kids in 1986 – I’ve been colorist since 1989).

Color guide for September 4, 2016 Popeye strip.


To wrap up, here’s some links from around the web spotlighting Hy.
Hope you enjoy!

Spotlight on Hy Eisman – by Mark Squirek for Hogan’s Alley


Hy Eisman: A Life in Comics – teaser


Behind the Tracing Paper: Interview with Hy Eisman and Fernando Ruiz
Filmed at the Kubert School in 2016.


What’s more to be said than…

The preceding pic is for a wall of birthday greetings to be displayed at the Kubert School. It was hand lettered to show Hy I’m not slacking off after all these years.

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Update: Pictures from the Kubert School Facebook page.
Hy being shown the display of birthday wishes…

Hy Eisman

Display with illustrations wishing Hy a happy 90th.

Display with illustrations wishing Hy a happy 90th.

Examples of Hy’s work through the years.

Birthday cupcakes spelling Hy!

About Jim Keefe

Jim Keefe is the current artist of the Sally Forth comic strip, he is also the writer and artist of the Flash Gordon comic strip - both available at ComicsKingdom.com. A graduate of the Joe Kubert School, Keefe likewise teaches Comic Art. Teaching and speaking engagements include SVA in Manhattan, Hofstra’s UCCE Youth Programs, The University of Minnesota and most recently the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
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