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 Jack “Jack” Kamen

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Jack “Jack” Kamen

  • Birth 29 May 1920 Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
  • Death 5 Aug 2008 Florida, USA
  • Burial Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA
  • Memorial ID 29783772

Obit:
"Kamen, Jack, 88, of Boca Raton a reknowned illustrator and comic book artist died Tuesday evening, August 5, at his home in Boca Raton Florida . A native of Brooklyn, New York, after serving in the Pacific Theater in World War II he became a comic book artist well known for his contributions to EC comics during the early 1950's. He then had a long career in commercial illustration and advertising on Madison Avenue. He was a loving husband, a great father and a wonderful grandfather. He is survived by Evelyn, his wife of 62 years; 4 children, Bart, Dean and the twins Mitch and Terri and his granddaughter, Libby. Memorial Services will be held Friday, August 8, 2008 at 11 AM. The Gardens Memorial Park 4103 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, Arrangements entrusted to Sinai Memorial Chapels, 561-865-1747
Published in the Sun-Sentinel on 8/7/2008"
"On August 6, 2008, Golden Age (comic) artist Jack Kamen - best known for EC Comics - passed away at age 88.
Born in New York on May 29, 1920, Kamen showed his adeptness as an illustrator while taking lessions at the National Academy and Art Student's League in the 1930's, following which he found employment at Standard Publications, the Harry Chesler Shop and then in 1941 at the Jerry Iger Shop, providing work for its Fiction House line, while also freelancing for Timely/ Marvel Comics before being drafted into the Army during World War II. During his four years in the service, Jack illustrated training manuals and visual aids for soldiers going overseas before being re-assigned to the Signal Corps and going there himself to fight in New Guinea and the Philippines.
After his homecoming, Kamen returned to the Iger Shop, partnering with fellow artist Matt Baker to generate covers and interiors during a time when super-hero comics were being replaced by crime, romance and jungle titles. After marrying his high-school sweetheart and begining a family, Kamen continued to work for the Iger Shop while also taking lessions in painting and illustration under Harvey Dunn at the Grand Central School of Art in Manhattan. He also worked on a daily newspaper strip called "Inspector Dayton" that was distributed overseas through Iger's Pheonix Features Limited and freelanced for other companies such as Avon and Harvey.
In 1950, he was hired by Entertaining Comics' (EC Comics') Bill Gaines and Al Feldstein to work for their romance books before moving on to the company's crime and horror titles. Eventually he had worked on all the EC "New Trend" titles with the exception of MAD, Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat.
When EC's horror and crime books came to an end in 1955, Jack worked on Gaines' "New Direction" titles, followed by EC's "Picto-Fiction" comic magazines. In 1955, Kamen worked on a new Confessions Illustrated title, producing what many consider the best romance art of his career.
When EC folded their Picto-Fiction titles in 1956, Kamen found work providing illustrations and advertising art for several companies. All told, he had produced over 160 stories and 11 covers for EC Comics. During the coming years he produced art for numerous clients, including The Vick's Company, U.S. Steel and Reynolds Aluminum. In 1961 he took on the job of art director for an illustrated children's encyclopedia to be published by Harwyn Picture Encyclopedia, hiring many EC artists to help provide drawings for each entry.
After working in advertising for many years, Jack went into semi-retirement, continuing to work for his son's various companies, and doing an occasional outside job. He leaves behind his wife Evelyn, three sons and a daughter."
(from Dialogue, Sept 2008, a publication of Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc.)


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  • Created by: Raymond Bossinger
  • Added: 13 Sep 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29783772
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jack “Jack” Kamen (29 May 1920–5 Aug 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29783772, citing Gardens Memorial Park, Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Raymond Bossinger (contributor 46549255) .