Newsday reports the death last week of veteran artist Frank Springer at age 79.
Springer was a gregarious and practical man who labored for hours a day in his backyard studio, said his son, Jon Springer of Brooklyn. “He’d be out there basically all day long, morning until dinnertime.”
The artist would listen to jazz and opera while he worked, and he never got too high-minded about his outstanding talent, his son said. “He was a normal, conservative kind of guy,” Jon Springer said.
Frank Springer drew for a wide variety of companies, including DC Comics and Marvel. He also illustrated an adult-themed satire, “The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist,” a comic that Springer considered one of his best works.
Springer worked on Nick Fury, the Dazzler, Batman, and may other characters of the Silver and Bronze Ages. He worked on comics strips and creator-owned comics and did it all with style and craftsmanship. For more on his work and life, there’s this fairly recent interview, the Mark Evanier obit, and Springer’s Wikipedia entry..