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Michael Jantze Remembers Creig Flessel (1912-2008)
posted July 21, 2008

Creig had a great life and was always willing to share it with members of the NCS. He was truly a gentlemen and always full of the joy of life, making it all the harder to say goodbye to someone so animated.

Creig and his wife Marie moved from the East Coast to Marin County five years back to be closer to his son and family. I had the pleasure of driving Creig to numerous NCS events over the past few years and having a series of private one-on-one conversations about comics with him. What struck me most was Creig was bridge back to the beginnings of comics in the US. He told me stories about being the new kid in the NCS and sitting next to comic strips greats Otto Soglow and Rube Goldberg. He was one of the founding artists in comic books working on some of the seminal titles. He worked in post-war advertising in the 50s, comic strips in the 60s and Playboy in the 70s. Creig literally worked in every discipline of cartoon art (except for greeting cards and editorial cartoons, but who's counting).