The Associated Press reports that Harry Lampert, the illustrator who created DC Comics’ The Flash, died on Saturday at the age of 88.
Lampert, who had been suffering from cancer, died at Boca Raton Community Hospital, according to his family.
He began drawing professionally at 16, inking cartoons at Fleischer Studios in New York for characters such as Popeye, Betty Boop and KoKo the Clown.
Six years later, 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.
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Source: Associated Press