This Sunday, one of the last living Golden Age cartoonists, Creig Flessel will be presented with the Sparky Award at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, 142 Throckmorton Avenue. Andrew Farrago writes:

On Sunday, October 28, Creig Flessel is receiving the Cartoon Art Museum’s Sparky Award at a ceremony in Mill Valley, CA. The Northern California branch of the National Cartoonists Society should be pretty well-represented there, and Jeannie Schulz plans to attend, as well. I’ll be conducting a brief interview session with Creig before the award ceremony.

Flessel is 95, and has a long career as a cartoonist and illustrator behind him. How far back does he go? He drew the covers of DETECTIVE before there was a Batman.

More info in the jump.

Sparky Awards 2007

Sunday, October 28, 2007, 2:00-4:00pm

Reception in honor of 2007 Sparky Award recipient Creig Flessel

This event is free and open to the public.

Please join the Cartoon Art Museum as we present the 2007 Sparky Award to comic artist and illustrator Creig Flessel. The award ceremony will be held on Sunday, October 28, 2007 at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, 142 Throckmorton Avenue. Please visit http://www.142throckmortontheatre.com or call (415) 383-9600 for more information about the venue.

Cartoon Art Museum Gallery Manager Andrew Farago will moderate a conversation with Mr. Flessel at 2pm, with the presentation of the Sparky Award to follow at 2:30pm. Light refreshments will be served in the lobby following the award presentation, allowing guests the opportunity to chat with Mr. Flessel and other special guests until 4pm.

About Creig Flessel:

Creig Flessel (born February 2, 1912, in Huntington, Long Island, New York) began his cartooning career with DC Comics in 1936, and was a prolific cover artist in the earliest days of the medium, including work on the seminal titles Detective Comics and More Fun Comics. After his tenure at DC Comics, he spent many years illustrating ads for the Johnstone and Cushing Advertising Company. In the following decades, Flessel’s work appeared in such diverse publications as Boys’ Life, Clues Detective Stories and Playboy, as well as the syndicated comic strip feature David Crane.

In 2000, Flessel and his wife Marie moved from the East Coast to Mill Valley, California, where he continues to create art for local events and talent shows. Among his many achievements, Flessel received a Comic-Con International Inkpot Award in 1991, and was honored with the 1992 National Cartoonists Society Silver T-Square Award for Extraordinary Service.

About the Sparky Award:

The Sparky Award is named in honor of Charles “Sparky” Schulz, the creator of the beloved comic strip Peanuts (Schulz was nicknamed “Sparky” after the horse “Sparkplug,” a popular character in Billy De Beck’s classic comic strip Barney Google).

The Sparky Awards were established in 1998 to celebrate the significant contributions of cartoon artists who reside in the western United States and who embody the talent, innovation and humanity of Schulz.

Past winners include Phil Frank (Farley), Sergio Aragones (Mad Magazine), Gus Arriola (Gordo), Carl Barks (Uncle $crooge), Will Eisner (The Spirit), Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes), Ward Kimball (Disney), John Lasseter (Pixar), Stan Lee (Marvel Comics), Bill Melendez (Peanuts animation), Dale Messick (Brenda Starr), John Severin (EC, Marvel and DC Comics, Cracked Magazine) and Morrie Turner (Wee Pals).

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