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I started a life long fascination with comics as a small child. In 1973 my Father purchased a copy of Flash #223 for me, it was drawn by Irv Novick. While I liked the comic I didn't realize how special it was at first. It was just a comic. My Father had the idea that I would enjoy Sunday School more if were went to 7-11 after and he buy a comic and a Slurpee for me. After a few weeks I decided I there was a difference between the comics, it was more then the heroes, the Flash had better art. In fact, I liked it so much that I spent all summer doing odd jobs at home and for the neighbors, for a nickel or a dime, trying to save to subscribe to the Flash so I couldn't miss an issue. Irv continued his run on Flash until #270 and I was there for every issue. I discovered the Shield in the pages of Flashback reprints, my Father found them in a used bookstore in Hollywood and wanted to read his childhood comics to me and my brother. I didn't immediately realize that the man who had drawn comics for my Father was also entertaining me with his art more then 30 years later. Irv created a link between my childhood and my Father's. While I enjoyed Irv's art work in Action Comics, Batman, DC Comics Presents, Detective Comics and the Joker, I will always remember the joy I felt reading that first Flash comic. Although I never met him, I miss Irv. My deepest sympathies go out to his wife, Sylvia and their children.

 

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Another great comic book artist of the medium's first generation has died. Irv Novick, seen in this 2002 photo with his loving wife Sylvia, passed away this morning following a long illness and a recent fall. He was 88 years old and had been drawing comics, pretty much without stopping, from 1939 until his retirement more than fifty years later. He was a graduate of the National Academy of Design. In '39, he worked briefly in the studio of Harry "A" Chesler, who paid low rates to young illustrators who cranked out pages in what Novick later called a "sweat shop atmosphere." Everyone told Novick he was good enough to get work on his own...and after a few months, he did. He went to work for MLJ (the company now known as Archie Comics) and his first-known work there was in Blue Ribbon Comics #2 (December, 1939) where his art introduced a new character, Bob Phantom, who stuck around for many years. The very next month, he did the cover and lead story of Pep Comics #1, which debuted The Shield, the first "patriotic" super-hero. Written by Harry Shorten, The Shield predated Captain America by a year, offering a similar premise and -- because both heroes wore the American flag -- similar costume.

Thereafter, Novick was MLJ's lead superhero artist, drawing all their major costumed characters at one time or another, including The Hangman and Steel Sterling, until they began cutting back on heroes and increasing their Archie titles around 1946. From '46 to '51, he worked on two syndicated strips -- Cynthia and The Scarlet Avenger -- neither of which achieved wide circulation. He also began working intermittently in advertising but that wasn't steady so he started drawing for DC, hired by editor Robert Kanigher, who had written many of the stories he'd drawn for MLJ. Kanigher was the DC war editor so Novick became a war artist, his work appearing in Our Army at War and all the DC combat titles, and occasionally in the romance books during the occasional periods when Kanigher worked on them. Kanigher had a reputation for being rough on artists but he loved Novick's work and, according to Irv, they never had a cross word in all their years of working together.

For many years, Novick drew for DC and also freelanced for Boys' Life magazine and for the Johnstone-Cushing advertising agency. In the mid-sixties, the agency offered him a full-time position and he briefly left comics. Novick was unhappy in the job and Kanigher was unhappy to lose one of his two favorite artists, Joe Kubert being the other. With Kanigher's intervention, Novick landed a then-unprecedented freelance contract with DC. It included many perks not available to other artists and guaranteed him the company's highest rate and steady work. When he finished one job, he had to immediately be given another. Kanigher had no trouble keeping him busy, though other artists complained that assignments promised to them would sometimes be suddenly diverted to Irv. After 1968 when Novick began working for other DC editors, there was sometimes a wild panic in the company's office: "We have to find a script to give Irv tomorrow!" The one story I wrote that Novick drew came about in part because editor Julius Schwartz needed something to keep Novick busy. (By that time, many artists had such contracts but for years, Novick was the only one.)

1968 was when artist Carmine Infantino was promoted into management at DC and charged with improving the look of the company's line. One of his first decisions was to rotate artists around, breaking up old editorial holds on certain talent. Novick stopped pencilling and inking war titles and became a full-time superhero penciller. His immediate tasks were Batman and Lois Lane but he eventually drew most of the top DC titles, including a long stint on The Flash. He only cut back as his eyes failed him in the late nineties.

I was honored and frustrated to interview Irv on several convention panels over the years -- an impossible task, for in front of an audience and microphone, he claimed to remember very little of his career and to have absolutely no fondness for any job or character over any other. Apart from a mild preference for working with his friend and neighbor, Bob Kanigher, he insisted it didn't matter. "I just drew what they gave me to draw," he'd say. "If it was Batman or Captain Storm or Flash...I didn't care." Some of his contemporaries would chide him for saying such things, for they'd seen the care and effort that went into Novick's pages...and in private, talking one-on-one with the man, you wouldn't get quite such a noncommittal attitude. And of course, you'd know it wasn't true when you looked at his art. I'm going to miss seeing him at conventions and trying with no success to get a decent answer out of the guy. He leaves behind an amazing body of top-notch comic illustration.

 

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    I am trying to contact as many web sites as possible on behalf of Irv Novick's daughter, Leslie. It is with much sadness I am writing to you to inform you of Irv Novick's (Batman artist among others)death today at the age of 88 years old.

    If you are interested, while you and others know of Irv Novick's talent, on a personal note - he was quite a guy! He and his wife Sylvia were married for 64 years, but had been together since childhood - over 72 years!

    Please help us get the word out on the passing of a true comic book legend.
    Thank you.

     

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    Thanks for the message, Eileen. I have to say that I remember Mr. Novick's work from when I was young, and really enjoyed it. He had a really 'clean' art style, and drew what was pretty much the definitive Batman of the '70's.

    Sorry to hear that he's passed. He truly was a comic legend, and I wish his family well.

     

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    Irv Novick, Rest In Peace

    Mr. Novick, a long-time cartoonist, perhaps best known for drawing BATMAN, THE FLASH, and many other characters for DC Comics, passed away today at the age of 88, following a long illness.
    Irv co-created THE SHIELD, the first patriotically-themed comic book super hero, for MLJ, the early incarnation of what is now called ARCHIE COMICS PUBLICATIONS.
    Irv was also responsible for helping to re-mold DC Comics' THE BATMAN character into a more mysterious feature, closer to what he had originally been developed as, following the cancellation of the 20th Century Fox television series BATMAN, for ABC TV, that was such a huge fad the world over from 1966 through 1968.
    Mr. Novick is survived by his wife, Sylvia.
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    I can not tell you the amount of sadness I feel.

     

 

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I'm having a hard time confirming this but it it was posted on one of my Yahoo groups. I hope it's wrong but I doubt it...

"Irv Novick, Rest In Peace

Mr. Novick, a long-time cartoonist, perhaps best known for drawing BATMAN, THE FLASH, and many other characters for DC Comics, passed away today at the age of 88, following a long illness.
Irv co-created THE SHIELD, the first patriotically-themed comic book super hero, for MLJ, the early incarnation of what is now called ARCHIE COMICS PUBLICATIONS.
Irv was also responsible for helping to re-mold DC Comics' THE BATMAN character into a more mysterious feature, closer to what he had originally been developed as, following the cancellation of the 20th Century Fox television series BATMAN, for ABC TV, that was such a huge fad the world over from 1966 through 1968.
Mr. Novick is survived by his wife, Sylvia.
--steve cohen"


This is very sad news and makes Rik's gift from not that long ago an even more prized possession. I didn't think that was possible.

Thank-you Mr. Novick for all the joy you gave us fans. You will be missed.

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So many great covers, such a productive life. He will be missed.

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I hope the industry pays him the tribute he deserves. I mean a true tribute and not one that tries to make a buck off of him. As fas as MLJ superheroes go, he was the man. Look again at Pep 20, Pep 1 and Zip 20,26 and 22. The guy was amazing.

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I'd agree with Pokey that the comics industry should pay the late Mr. Novick the tribute he deserves. After all; he was not only one of the finest artists to put a pencil to bristol board, he was also one of the true pioneers of early comics. He was one of those artists who without whom, there wouldn't be a history of comics to even write about.

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I just got in and heard the bad news. Irv Novick's artwork is what inspired me to create this site, specifically Pep Comics covers 1-32 and more.

Very sorry to hear he's gone, and I'm sure he's in a much better place now.

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Artist Irv Novick has died at age 88. More information @ The Beat.

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UNConventional, a movie about the Chiller Theatre Expo horror con reviewed, and the usual gossip, rumros and news bits you won't read anywhere else.

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Noooo!!

Damn, that sucks!

I'm just now beginning to collect alot of older Batman issues and his run was quite impressive.

Thanks for making me excited about Batman again!

Rest in Peace.

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I liked Irv's work a lot.

What's everyone's favorite Irv comic?

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Irv was one of THE Batman artists when I started reading comics as a kid.

Of course, he started out at Archie, this cover is from 1940:

(note that he was one of a few artists to sign (most of) his covers back then.

And he never really went away for the next 50 years, did he?

I'm really sad to hear of his passing. He's underrated: He was one of the pillars of the silver age, and a conduit from the Golden Age to modern times. Rest in Peace, Irv.

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His Batman stuff was great.

I love the 'Robin goes to college' issue Irv drew.

Let's not forget his long run on the Flash.

Godspeed Irv.

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The only series of Mr. Novick's that really drew me in was his run on Flash. I enjoyed all of his work, but I felt that his tall, lean anatomical style was well suited for the Flash. Of course, the fact that his Flash run covered my young, golden age of comics adds something to my opinion.

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Novick was actually the first penciller who I ever really "noticed" enough to remember his name. It was for his work on Batman around 1979-81. I still consider his Batman to be equally as definitive of the eighties as Aparo's. A trade collecting the Batman-Catwoman-Ra's storyline would be cool. Have you seen how hard it is to find some of those early eighties Bat-comics are these days???

My favorite Novick work is definitely is Flash run, which I began collecting in back issues from friends in the early eightis and completed when I grew up. Infantino is obviously "the" Flash artist, but of all the guys who had runs between Infantino's beginning and end of that series, I like Novick's the best. The "Death of Iris Allen" arc was probably the riskiest storyline any publisher did in the late seventies in shaking up the status quo, but somehow it's forgotten today. That story was WAY ahead of it's time. The Novick illustratiosns of an out-of-control Flash hunting down his wife's killer are as vivid today in my mind as the day I first read them. How about a trade DC? This was an amazing storyline!

In the last ten years, I've discovered MLJ comics. It surprised me at the time that Irv Novick illustrated the Shield. Upon learning this, I felt like I had been let in on a well-kept secret. This was before the Archie Shield TPB came out a few years back, and I heartily recommend that volume! Novick's work there was VERY raw at times, but you can see the basics of what he later became right there at the beginning.

I guess the last Novick story I remember was the Invasion! Batman story. Not sure if that was his last DC story or not. It was clear that he had slipped a bit, be it from rust or from infirmity, but the nostalgia alone made the read a good one. And even a diminished Novick had better fundamentals than a lot of the new guys that were popping up in the nineties!

RIP Irv Novick.

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Irv Novick dead at 88

Mark Evanier is reporting that Golden Age artist Irv Novick has passed away at the age of 88.
As reported in The Pulse, Novick had been ailing for some time after a fall.

Novick had a long career that spanned from Archie to Robert Kanigher's DC war comics, to a stint redesigning Batman and other superheroes in the '60s. He is also known for creating The Shield.

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Aw, geez. That's a shame.

Irv Novick drew a run (ho-ho) of FLASH comics in the early 1970s—the first comics I ever remember reading, when I was a wee sprat. There was a full-page spread of the Flash running a gantlet of his united Rogue's Gallery, using their powers and weapons one against the other—just a model of dynamic storytelling. I can see it now, if I close my eyes; i's imprinted on my brain, not just my earliest comics-reading memory, but one of my earliest and clearest childhood memories, period.

Rest in peace, Irv. And thanks.

Posted by: Jack Fear at October 15, 2004 02:49 PM

Ah, darn.

Irv Novick drew some of my favorite issues of Batman and Flash over the years. He had the thankless task of taking over Batman after Neal Adams had left his powerful mark on the title, and Irv managed to keep the momentum going with his dynamic and charming pencils (most ably inked by Dick Giordano).

You know, Novick had a small but pleasant run on the Superman feature in Action Comics in the mid-Eighties, and I just happened to be rereading them last week as a direct result of Chris Reeve passing away, and now Irv goes too.

Darn.

Just darn.

But 88 years is a good run. Thanks for all the smiles and inspiration Irv, the world was made a better place by your being in it.

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Posted by: Ty Templeton at October 15, 2004 09:27 PM

Man how sad...the first Batman comic I ever purchased was a beautiful IRV NOVICK issue! I can't honestly remember the issue or who wrote it, but it still one of fondest memories of comics in the 1970's. His fluid lines, I loved the thinnest of his characters and have a soft spot for his take on GORDON.

Sadly, another giant has passed! Hopefully if any good comes of this, like finally having him get the recognization he deserves. A craftsman in the comic book genre. Thank you Mr. Novick, I will fondly remember your art for many years to come.

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Posted by: Neil at October 15, 2004 10:04 PM

We've lost so many of my heros this year and last.
Irv and Gill Fox had so much in common. Both true PROS.
May Irv rest in peace. May all God's grace comfort his family.

Posted by: Guy Gilchrist at October 15, 2004 11:12 PM

I had the pleasure to interview Mr. Novick for COMICS BOOK MARKETPLACE a few years back.

As a child of the 1970s Novick *THE* Flash artist in my eyes, as well as his stunning and under-rated Batman.

Rest in peace...

Posted by: John Coates at October 16, 2004 09:39 PM

I was hitting my comic-book reading prime when Novick was drawing Batman and Flash--it was truly, for me, the Golden Age. Rest in peace, Mr Novick.

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IRV NOVICK DIES

Comics legend Irv Novik died this morning following a long illness. He was 88 years old.

Novick began his career in comics in 1939 at MLJ (now Archie), drawing many of the company’s superhero characters. Novick’s art graced the debut of Pep Comics #1, which also served as the first appearance of The Shield. Years after, Novick moved to DC thanks to Robert Kanigher, and illustrated several of the publisher’s war comics.

Novick moved in and out of comics throughout the years, but eventually returned to DC, where he worked freelance. Novick became known for his distinctive style on nearly all of DC’s superheroes, only stopping work – reluctantly – in the late ‘90s as his eyesight deteriorated.

Most recently, Novick had suffered a fall in 2001 and had been confined to a wheelchair. Despite this, Novick and his wife Sylvia attended the 2002 San Diego Comic Con. In 2003, Novick entered a physical rehabilitation facility.

DC Publisher and President said of Novick: "Irv was one of the stalwart heroes of the DC universe for decades, moving his deft pencil from title to title, and genre to genre. I'll miss his crisp wit and intelligence as much as his sharp lines, which I (among so many others) had the pleasure of watching bring my stories to life."

Donation in Irv's honor may be made to:

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Mark Evanier has written a tribute to Novick that can be found here.

 

 

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Mr. Novick was and is my favorite Batman artist ever, and I am sad to hear of his passing. He was a fantastic artist.

 

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Sad sad news. Novick was a great, and often underappreciated artist. He will be missed.

 

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Mr. Novick, you will be missed. Your art on the Flash will always be my favorite. My sympathies to the family....
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Unhappy Rest in peace, Irv...

Back in the day, Irv Novick was working on THE FLASH when I became completely hooked on the character. Needless to say, I have always had a deep fondness for his work, especially his talent for facial expressions.

I was fortunate enough to meet him, briefly, at his San Diego Comic Con appearance in 2002 and despite his frailness at the time, he generously signed my copies of THE GREATEST FLASH STORIES EVER TOLD and Les Daniels' DC COMICS anniversary book. I wish DC Comics would issue some trade paperback collections of Irv Novick's period on THE FLASH, so that younger people could see more from this great, great artist.

 

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Unhappy Sad news...

When I first started collecting comics seriously, Irv Novick was the artist on Batman and The Flash. I thought his style suited both books very well.

I'm sorry to hear he's gone.

 

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Irv was one of the first artists whose work was instantly recognizable to me. His run on the Flash is classic and I'm sad to hear about this loss.

Sympathies to his family.

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Irv Novick was one of my all-time favorite comic book artists. His versions of the Joker and Catwoman are still my favorite versions of those characters.

He was a master of his craft.

 

 

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I'm ashamed to admit that I didn't recognize Irv Novick's name, but I have read some of the Batman stories with his art in it. He really was a great Batman artist (looks like his Flash stuff was really great too)............... this has always been one of my favorites, and I'm at least glad I now can put a name to the art.

I am really sorry to hear about his passing.

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The bulk of my early Flash collection was with Novick art. Sorry to hear of his passing.

 

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Umm, Matt?

Are you sure that Flash cover is a Novick job? It's either very heavily inked, or it wasn't done by Novick (Alex Saviuk, maybe....)

My apologies if I'm wrong here.

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quote:


Originally posted by RDFozz
Are you sure that Flash cover is a Novick job? It's either very heavily inked, or it wasn't done by Novick (Alex Saviuk, maybe....)




It's Rich Buckler, inked by Frank Giacoia. Novick drew the interior story, though.

I don't think Novick drew any FLASH covers during his run as main artist on the book.

Here's some Novick:



I only worked with Irv once, on a WONDER WOMAN fill-in, but he did a dandy job. I've been re-reading his FLASH run of late and enjoying it immensely.

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As a little kid, I got hooked on the Flash when he was drawing it. I lost all of my back issues while moving, but I found a few issues from that run at a comic convention this year. He had a great way of using shadow and line weight to enhance the speed effects. He'll definitely be missed.

 

 

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This is turning out to be the year from Hell for comic fans. First Julie Schwarts then Chris Reeve now Irv Novick. All the great ones are going....and we're going to be left with the likes of Talent Caldwell and Michael Turner. I weep for the future, I really do.

 

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Instead

of the pathetic mentality of using this thread to take shots at artists I don't like I just want to say that he lived a great productive life if his work was any indication. I was a huge fan of his linework and layouts.

 

 

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Re: Rest in peace, Irv...

quote:


[i] I wish DC Comics would issue some trade paperback collections of Irv Novick's period on THE FLASH, so that younger people could see more from this great, great artist. [/B]




agreed. I only know his artwork because my first comic books read were at an older uncle's house. His son who had long since moved out had left a bunch of comics in the garage and since I was bored my uncle told me to dig through his son's old comics, those flash books along with the iron man "alcoholic" volumes were the first comics I ever read.

 

 

 

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As reported by Mark Evanier: "Irv Novick ... passed away this morning [October 15] following a long illness and a recent fall. He was 88 years old and had been drawing comic books, pretty much without stopping, from 1940 when he went to work for MLJ (the publisher now known as Archie Comics) until his retirement more than fifty years later."

As always (and fortunately), Evanier has insight into Novick's career that is well worth reading. We at SBC extend our condolences to the Novick family. If you've never had the pleasure to see any of Novick's work, be sure to seek it out ... his body of work is vast and well worth the time.

 

 

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Irv Novick, Rest In Peace



Irv Novick, a long-time cartoonist, perhaps best known for drawing BATMAN, THE FLASH, and many other characters for DC Comics, passed away today at the age of 88, following a long illness.

Irv co-created THE SHIELD, the first patriotically-themed comic book super hero, for MLJ, the early incarnation of what is now called ARCHIE COMICS PUBLICATIONS.

Irv was also responsible for helping to re-mold DC Comics' THE BATMAN character into a more mysterious feature, closer to what he had originally been developed as, following the cancellation of the 20th Century Fox television series BATMAN, for ABC TV, that was such a huge fad the world over from 1966 through 1968.

Mr. Novick is survived by his wife, Sylvia. Funeral arrangements not announced.

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Wow -- he wasn't as well known as Kirby or Infantino or Gil Kane, but it's always painful to lose one of the Old Guard.

 

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I received an unconfirmed report that comic artist Irv Novick recently passed away at the age of 88.  Irv is probably most well known for his work on many late 60s era Batman and 70s era comics of The Flash (example pictured to the right), and he's credited for helping Batman become more serious after the campy 60s TV show made the comic take a similar silly direction, before Neal Adams even came on board.  One of my favorite books of Irv's was a bizarre offering from DC Comics in the 70s, called The Joker, which featured Batman's main villain in his own short lived series.  Irv also co-created a patriotic superhero in 1940 called The Sheild for the company that eventually became Archie Comics.  Comic book accomplishments aside, I give this guy an amazing high five for being happily married to his wife Sylvia for 64 years (and had been dating her since he was 16).  Thanks for the adventure, Irv!

 

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We lost IRV NOVICK a few days ago. Following a long illness, the veteran artist passed away on Friday. I didn't know Novick - never met him at the DC offices or at the San Diego convention he attended a few years back - but I certainly knew his work.

He was a top artist for MLJ (now Archie Comics), drawing most of their top super-heroes at one time or another. When MLJ moved away from the adventure stuff, he worked on a couple of syndicated strips and in advertising. Then he was back in comics, drawing the war comics edited and often written by his former MLJ collaborator, friend, and neighbor Robert Kanigher.

From the war comics (and the Kanigher-edited romance comics), Novick would go on to draw most of DC's big guns as well. He was especially known for his Batman tales, but he also drew the Flash, Lois Lane, and Superman. On his NEWS FROM ME blog, Mark Evanier offers more information and insight on Novick's movements at DC and how the company respected and valued his work. You can read Mark's comments at:

www.newsfromme.com

When I think of Novick, the first image that always comes to mind is the cover of CAPTAIN STORM #1 [May-June, 1964]. Storm was, naturally, a Kanigher creation. On his first command, a PT boat in the Pacific, Storm was ambushed by a blood-red Japanese submarine. Wounded and thrown from the boat, Storm watched helplessly as the sub sank his ship and slaughtered his crew. Only he survived, but, as a result of his wounds, his left leg was amputated at the knee. The Navy gave him a wooden leg and, as I recall, tried to put him behind a desk.

Storm fought his way back to active duty, showing courage and determination above and beyond the call of duty. I have this vague memory that he tracked down, fought, and perhaps even sunk the sub which killed his first crew. I think he might have done this more than once.

Kanigher was a brilliant, fast, and fiery writer. In the grip of creativity, I don't think he always paid attention to what had gone before. In lesser writers, this disdain of continuity would have bothered me. In RK's case, I happily went along for the ride. The man had power to spare.

For some odd reason, I have always associated Novick with the Captain Storm character. His artistic style, which is, of course, all I really knew of the man, had a gutsy and tough quality to it. It was full-speed-ahead from start to finish, even when applied to Lois Lane tales. I don't know if Novick the man was anything like Novick's art, but, in his feisty responses (or non-responses) to an interview Evanier conducted with him at the San Diego convention, I get a sense that my long-distance analysis of his character was not very far off.

Novick retired from the comics when his eyesight began to fail him in the late 1990's. In 2001, he suffered a fall which put him in a wheelchair, but which didn't stop him from attending the 2002 Comic-Con International. He moved into a physical rehabilitation facility last year. I'd like to think of him as fighting his way back to active service at the time of his passing.

NEWSARAMA [www.newsarama.com] is reporting that donations in Novick's honor can be made to:

Alzheimer's Association
225 N. Michigan Ave.
Ste. 1700
Chicago, IL 60601

We lost Irv Novick a few days ago, but, in truth, he's still with us. For fifty years, he drew terrific comics and that work is and will be cherished for many years to come.

 

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Whenever comicdom loses someone like Irv Novick, I think the comics publishers - with as much help from comics readers as the publishers are willing to accept - should produce some sort of book to honor such creators. As a comics professional, I'd be honored to assist in the creation of THE BEST OF IRV NOVICK or THE BEST OF ROBERT KANIGHER or THE BEST OF any number of other talented artists and writers and editors. As a comics fan, I would be waiting with open wallet to purchase such books, especially if the profits from same were earmarked for a charitable cause chosen by the surviving family of the creators.

I am far from being a leading comics historian and my personal resources are limited. However, here and now, I offer my services to any comics publisher with the ability and desire to honor their creators in this manner.

You need an introduction or other text material? Consider me on call for you.

You need help selecting the stories? I'll offer suggestions and solicit suggestions from my readers.

You need editing or proofreading. If I can work from my home, you've got me.

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If we want to be taken seriously as an art form and as popular culture, and I think we do, we need to embrace and honor the many talented creators who have entertained and inspired us throughout comics history. It's time to celebrate our heritage on a dedicated and ongoing basis.

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The longtime artist of The Flash, Batman, and countless war stories for DC
Comics and other publishers, and of special note to us GI Joe fans for his
illustrations of the "Andy and George" ads for GI Joe, has passed away.  

Heres's the obituary from Newsarama, you should also check out Evanier's site:

IRV NOVICK DIES 
Comics legend Irv Novik died this morning following a long illness. He was 88
years old. 

Novick began his career in comics in 1939 at MLJ (now Archie), drawing many of
the company’s superhero characters. Novick’s art graced the debut of Pep
Comics #1, which also served as the first appearance of The Shield. Years
after, Novick moved to DC thanks to Robert Kanigher, and illustrated several of
the publisher’s war comics. 

Novick moved in and out of comics throughout the years, but eventually returned
to DC, where he worked freelance. Novick became known for his distinctive style
on nearly all of DC’s superheroes, only stopping work – reluctantly – in
the late ‘90s as his eyesight deteriorated. 

Most recently, Novick had suffered a fall in 2001 and had been confined to a
wheelchair. Despite this, Novick and his wife Sylvia attended the 2002 San
Diego Comic Con. In 2003, Novick entered a physical rehabilitation facility.

DC Publisher and President said of Novick: "Irv was one of the stalwart heroes
of the DC universe for decades, moving his deft pencil from title to title, and
genre to genre. I'll miss his crisp wit and intelligence as much as his sharp
lines, which I (among so many others) had the pleasure of watching bring my
stories to life."

Mark Evanier has written a tribute to Novick that can be found here.

http://www.newsfromme.com/

So long to Irv, he was one of the great ones. 

later, Rudy 

From: Susan Dickerson (sddickerson@earthlink.net)
Subject: Re: Irv Novick RIP
 

Newsgroups: alt.toys.gi-joe
Date: 2004-10-15 16:26:23 PST
 

Just heard. Just damn. I know he's an unknown guy to most of you but when
almost ANYONE thinks about The Joker the image they see is Irv's. His was
the definitive Joker... Great artist, great facial expressions, very fluid
poses, top talent.

We still have his work, at least and he lived a long life...


Joe

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Subject: Re: Irv Novick RIP
 

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Date: 2004-10-15 18:06:35 PST
 

one of the highlights of my joe career was spending a lot of time talking to
Irv about his career, and spacifically his "Andy and George" work for Hasbro in
DC comics.  Lanny and I did a conferance call panel with him at the national
con a few years back, and Irv was gracious and patient with us.  The father of
Andy and George rests...

From: just ruth (irving@clownsrevil.net)
Subject: RIP Irv Novick
 

Newsgroups: alt.comics.batman
Date: 2004-10-15 09:48:54 PST
 

My close friend lost his dad this morning in Dobbs Ferry New York.

I will never forget being 18 and dating one of the Novick boys and 
sitting and watching Irv draw Batman and thinking "this is the coolest 
thing ever"

And Irv Novick was the coolest guy ever.

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just ruth wrote:
> My close friend lost his dad this morning in Dobbs Ferry New York.
>
> I will never forget being 18 and dating one of the Novick boys and
> sitting and watching Irv draw Batman and thinking "this is the coolest
> thing ever"
>
> And Irv Novick was the coolest guy ever.

My sympathies to your friend, I was reading one of Irv's old Batman comics
just last night, the man drew a VERY cool Batman and Robin.

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On Fri, 15 Oct 2004 16:48:54 GMT, just ruth <irving@clownsrevil.net>
wrote:

>My close friend lost his dad this morning in Dobbs Ferry New York.
>
>I will never forget being 18 and dating one of the Novick boys and 
>sitting and watching Irv draw Batman and thinking "this is the coolest 
>thing ever"
>
>And Irv Novick was the coolest guy ever.
>
>-- 

Please pass along my sympathies to his family as well. Irv was a true
talent and even though my comic reading days are (mostly) long behind
me, I can still recall panels of Novick's Batman, and  I'm sure those
images will be with me for many years to come. 
--just another sad fan

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"just ruth" <> wrote in message
> Any long time old Batman comics readers might recognize the above name.
> Novick drew Batman and The Flash and had a long career with DC comics.
> He was also the father of a very good and very old friend of mine. I
> remember being 18 and hanging at the Novick household watching Irv draw
> Batman and thinking "This is the coolest thing ever".
>
> Irv died this morning in Dobbs Ferry New York. He was the coolest guy
> ever.


Ah, Ruth -- I'm so sorry.

Prayers for the family....


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Date: 2004-10-15 18:44:16 PST
 

I'm sitting here looking at an old page of original artwork, drawn by Irv 
and inked by Dick Giordano, from Detective Comics, back in 1967, one of the 
prizes of my collection.

Irv did beautiful work. His pencils marked the transition of Batman from a 
cartoony, kitschy character into a creature of mystery and psychological 
drama, a precursor to Neal Adams' and, finally, Frank Miller's Dark Night.

I didn't know Irv, but I knew his work, and he'll be missed.

Rick

From: Mark Evanier (mark@povonline.com)
Subject: Irv Novick, R.I.P.
 

Newsgroups: rec.arts.comics.dc.universe
Date: 2004-10-15 10:53:43 PST
 

Another of comics' first artists has left us.

I have some information up at my website, www.newsfromme.com


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Subject: Re: Irv Novick, R.I.P.
 

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Date: 2004-10-15 15:40:13 PST
 

Mark Evanier wrote:
> Another of comics' first artists has left us.
>
> I have some information up at my website, www.newsfromme.com

Damn, I was just reading one of the old Batman's he drew last night, damn
good stuff.

Another sad loss, but he's left a rich body of work to remember him by...



 

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