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Comics Artist Jack Kamen Dies at 88
August 7, 2008 5:26 PM   Subscribe

EC Comics great Jack Kamen (probably best known today as the father of inventor Dean Kamen) has died at 88.

(Partial) interview from The Comics Journal #240

Kamen's poster for George Romero's film Creepshow

A small cover gallery

LOTS of story samples

An EC Comics retrospective by Richard Corliss
posted by kittens for breakfast (11 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

A dot is not enough!
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 5:53 PM on August 7, 2008

A little more Kamen stuff here.

RIP Jack Kamen.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:12 PM on August 7, 2008

And I had no idea he was Dean Kamen's father!
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 6:19 PM on August 7, 2008

Having met Dean twice, this is sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with the Kamen family

posted by JoeXIII007 at 6:49 PM on August 7, 2008

I didn't realize he was still alive, and I'm sorry for it.

Thank you, Jack Kamen, for all the comics.
posted by interrobang at 7:28 PM on August 7, 2008

He's really dead? Now I'm scared!
posted by humannaire at 7:38 PM on August 7, 2008

posted by Mblue at 10:12 PM on August 7, 2008

Despite the fact that they were published decades before I was born, my love for EC comics can never be overstated.


(I never cared about Dean Kamen until I learned he was Jack's son.)

(Oh, and I'll toss in a "Good Lord! *choke*" for good measure.)
posted by Faint of Butt at 4:24 AM on August 8, 2008

Please imagine that the following dot is dripping with blood:


Anyone who is interested in the comics scare of the 50s should pick up The Ten Cent Plague. It's chock full of EC goodness, you can make a whole bucket load of parallels between the "Think of the Children!" reaction to gore comics of yesteryear and the similar reactions to the videogames of today.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 4:54 AM on August 8, 2008

Oh, no. I've met him once or twice (always in conjunction with Dean's FIRST program). He was a really funny guy and he was lots of fun to talk to. And Dean's house is covered with framed prints of his work. How sad :(
posted by olinerd at 6:21 AM on August 8, 2008

I didn't know Jack Kamen was Dean's father either. What sad news of his passing. I only recently began developing an interest in old horror comics and EC immediately popped into my head.
posted by rthgreen at 12:11 PM on August 8, 2008

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