July 9, 2013
Louis Glanzman, 1922-2013
, the golden age comics artist turned mid-20th Century illustrator and the brother of iconic industry stalwart Sam Glanzman, has passed away according to reports on a list group in which the surviving Glanzman participates.
Glanzman was born in 1922 and raised in Virginia. Like many artists in the early days of comic book, Glanzman found work in comic books as a teenager, placing his first freelance gig in one of the new industry's publications at the age of 16. Glanzman's major run of most visible work was probably a series of features and covers for the Amazing Man character at Centaur. It was that company with whom Glanzman helped secure occasional freelance gigs for his younger brother.
In the 1940s Glanzman became an illustrator for the magazine published by the US Air Force. In the 1950s he moved into children's book illustration, with his most famous gig coming with the Pippi Longstocking character. By this time he had developed a rich client list as a freelance artist. That list over the decades would include Readers Digest
, the New Yorker
and National Lampoon
. He eventually moved into painting and portraiture, including a run of art used by Time
. He was for a short time a court reporter at Life
In the 1970s, Glanzman's career flourished even further when he was commissioned to make historical art based on the country's bicentennial celebrations. This led to a series of gigs doing portraiture series. He was displayed in any number of museums throughout North America.
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