Bay Area Spotlight
February 2 - June 8, 2008
The Cartoon Art Museum is honored to celebrate the life and work of cartoonist Creig Flessel with a special exhibition opening on Flessel's 96th birthday, February 2, 2008. The exhibition will include over 30 examples from Flessel’s long creative career, including original comic book artwork from the 1930s, newspaper advertisements from the 1950s, comic strips from the 1960s, Playboy cartoons from the 1980s and recent commissioned artwork from the 1990s onward.
A panel discussion honoring Flessel will take place at the upcoming WonderCon comic and popular culture convention which will be held February 22-24, 2008 at San Francisco's Moscone Center. For more information on this event, please visit Comic-Con International's official website, Comic-con.org.
About Creig Flessel:
Creig Flessel (born February 2, 1912, in Huntington, Long Island, New York) began his cartooning career with DC Comics in 1935, 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 National Cartoonists Society Silver T-Square Award for Extraordinary Service in 1992. In October 2007, Flessel received the Sparky Award from the Cartoon Art Museum and the Charles M. Schulz Museum.