November 16, 2004 by

Harry Lampert


Categories: Artists, Writers/Editors

In collaboration with writer Gardner Fox, Harry Lampert created the first incarnation of The Flash.
Inspired by Hermes, the fleet-footed messenger of the Greek gods, Lambert drew the DC Comics superhero wearing a metal helmet with wings on it. The Golden Age Flash was born out of a lab experiment with hard water fumes and heralded in print as the “fastest man alive.” In 1940, “Flash Comics #1” sold for only 10 cents; a copy in very good condition is now worth thousands.
Lambert dedicated much of his life to art. The native New Yorker was just a teenager when he began drawing professionally. At 24, he inked Popeye and Betty Boop cartoons at the Max Fleischer animation studio. Although Lambert eventually drew other comic book characters, such as The King and Red, White and Blue, his favorite illustrations were the gag cartoons he sold to Time, Esquire and the Saturday Evening Post.
From 1947 to 1951, Lambert taught at the New York School of Visual Arts. He later founded the Lambert Agency, a New York advertising firm that produced ads for Hanes Hosiery and Seagram.
Lambert retired from cartooning in 1976 and moved down to Florida. There he became a bridge instructor and the author of four gaming books. A former president of the American Bridge Teachers Association, he received the ABTA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.
Lampert died on Nov. 13 of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 88.

2 Responses to Harry Lampert

  1. Matt

    Comic book fans will greatly miss Harry Lampert, who co-created the original (or “Golden Age”) Flash, Jay Garrick. Most people think of Barry Allen (the “Silver Age” version, created in 1956)or Wally West (formerly Kid Flash, now the current Flash) when the Flash is mentioned, but Jay has never been forgotten. His popularity remains very strong through the years, and he still fights the good fight, mostly in the hit comic book, “JSA.” I hope Harry knew that and how much his creation helped change the face of comics. God bless.

  2. Beautiful

    May he rest in peace. And may he go to a better place. We are all going to miss him, even though some of us never met him. We are all fans of him and he has a made a wonderful progress in making a very important part of an eighth graders life, comics. Thankyou Mr.Harry Lampert for giving us a great opportunity for getting to know a true artist. May God bless you, your family, and all of your fans.

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