•  

     

    Comic Capers 01 Comic Capers 02 Comic Capers 03 Comic Capers 04 Comic Capers 05

    Comic Capers 06

     

     

Click on each image to view larger
1 2 3
4 5 6

Comics missing:



Free web hostingWeb hosting

Comic Capers #1-6 (Sep. 1944 - June 1946).

Comic Capers #6

Irving, or Irv, Spector (July 11, 1914 – February 1977) Born in Oakland, CA but growing up in Los Angeles, he was suspended from high school in 1930 for arguing with his art teacher about the correct way to draw a hand holding a gun pointed straight at you. The next day he was at Disney Studios asking for a job, and was actually let in to see Walt himself. Walt told him to go back and finish school, and then there would always be job after that at Disney. Instead, he went over to the Mintz Studio and was given employment as a fledgling animator (slight chance this might have been with Lantz at Universal, but he was with Mintz quickly).

There he stayed for several years before moving over to Leon Schlesinger Studios, and eventually moved on to Fleischer, starting there not too long before their move to Miami.

In 1941, during WWII, Spector was an animator at Flesicher Studios in Miami, FL. At the time, many cartoonists were being drafted into, or enlisting in, the miltary. Knowing he would soon be one of them he left Florida and drove across the country back to Los Angeles — where he was already registered for the draft — to push up his induction. Like a lot of other cartoonists Irv was assigned to the animation unit of the Signal Corp, making training films and other industrials; in his case back at the east coast unit.

Since Irv Spector had an industry name most corners of the internet and many books about animation lead the casual observer to believe that from after WWII through the early 1960s he was strictly a Paramount-Famous guy. However, there is a very large body of non-Famous work during this stretch of his career.Irv Spector

Spector was an animation legend. He worked on iconic classics such as Popeye, Tarzan, Scooby-Doo, The Grinch, and the Pink Panther to name a few. He has a massive Filmography and spent the majority of his life working on animated projects but he has also done comic book art during the 1940s and 1950s.

He was present at Timely during the mid-1940s with cartoon and funny animal work, including the 'Little Lionel' feature in Krazy Krow or Comic Capers. He ghosted for Al Fago for a while, and was furthermore contributing to Better Publications' titles like 'Lucky Duck' and 'Supermouse'. Allen Bellman recalls in an interview:

"Irv Spector worked for Timely and then went over to Lev Gleason. I worked for Gleason when the Timely staff was disbanded. I then joined the Lev Gleason staff. Spector became the editor and later went on to Hollywood. I did quite a bit of freelance work for Irv at Lev Gleason also. I ended up doing some freelance work for Irv Spector at Lev Gleason but then they let their staff go also. Sometimes I wondered if there ever was really a "Lev Gleason" because in all the time I was there I never met him!"

Other credits include Charlton's 'Punchy the Black Crow', Croyden's 'Simple Seagull' and a variety of Trojan titles during the first half of the 1950s. From 1951 to 1954, he illustrated the syndicated 'Coogy' strip for the New York Herald-Tribune.

His art style has been called a cross between Milt Gross and Walt Kelly, which I see.  But I also agree with those who say it looks a bit like the Howard Post when he was drawing funny stuff.

From Lambiek Comiclopedia, michaelspornanimation.com, agni-animation.com and others.

Comic Capers #6