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Dondi Creator Irwin Hasen  (July 8, 1918 – March 13, 2015)

Wildcat and Dondi Creator Irwin Hasen Passes Away

Comic artist Irwin Hasen, who co-created Dondi and Wildcat, died Friday morning, the New York Daily News reports.

He was 96.

"He was DC's last surviving artist from World War II," comics historian and writer Michael Uslan told the News. "So DC’s ‘Golden Age of Comics’ has come to a close, 77 years after it began."

He started his career in the Harry A Chesler shop before heading off to World War II, during which time he drew things like The Green Hornet, The Flash and The Fox. After the War, he returned home to work at DC.

During his DC career, he drew Green Lantern, The Flash, Johnny Thunder and Justice Society of America. Wildcat, co-created with Batman's uncredited co-creator Bill Finger, remained a major part of the DC Comics Universe for years and currently appears on Arrow.

His strip Dondi, created with Gus Edson and following the titular wide-eyed orphan, ran in more than a hundred newspapers from 1955 to 1986, making the character one of comics' best-known and longest-running orphans (along with Annie, obviously).


http://comicbook.com/2015/03/15/wildcat-and-dondi-creator-irwin-hasen-passes-away/



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DC Comic artist Irwin Hasen, creator of Dondi and the Wildcat, is dead at 96 

Comic artist Irwin Hasen, who helped father one of pop culture's most famous orphans, Dondi, died Friday morning.

He was 96.

Born in Manhattan and raised in Brooklyn, Hasen fell into cartooning as a 19-year-old largely because the National Academy of Design was across the street from his apartment, the artist told the New York Times in 2011.

It was the start of the Golden Age of comics, and Hasen quickly found work first at Harry Chesler's studio (working on the likes of "The Green Hornet") and then National Comics, the precursor to DC Comics. While there, he teamed with writer Bill Finger to create a superhero, Wildcat, that was so important a character that he’s been incorporated into the current television series, "Arrow."


"(Hasen) was DC's last surviving artist from World War II," comic historian Michael Uslan told the News. "So DC’s ‘Golden Age of Comics’ has come to a close, 77 years after it began."

Hasen's greatest creation, however, was Dondi, the wide-eyed kid who straddled the line between laughs and tears.

The strip, co-written with Gus Edson, ran in more than 100 newspapers from 1955 to 1986.


http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/theater-arts/dondi-creator-irwin-hasen-dead-article-1.2148313








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