Happy Birthday

Today would have been my Dad’s 80th birthday. Frank Springer was a freelance cartoonist whose work appeared in comic books and strips, magazines including Playboy, Sports Illustrated for Kids and National Lampoon, and newspapers including the long-defunct Suffolk Sun, which employed him to draw sports cartoons in 1969. After retiring from the commerecial art world in the 1990s he took up oil painting and was doing some terrific work, including the above, until he passed away this April. Born in Queens and raised there and in Lynbook, he grew up a Dodgers fan and then, an original Mets fan. He raised five blue-and-orange kids including at least one obsessive one, and had seven grandchildren who are Met fans too.

The short video here shows many of his baseball works, plus other stuff. Happy birthday Dad!

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One comment

  1. Jon Springer says:

    Submitted by Sharon (not verified) on Sun, 12/06/2009 – 1:00pm.
    Happy Birthday to your dad – he was a great talent!

    Happy Birthday

    Submitted by Dave Mackey (not verified) on Mon, 12/07/2009 – 10:34pm.
    Frank’s cartoons in National Lampoon always made me chuckle. Happy birthday indeed!


    Submitted by Jon Springer on Mon, 12/07/2009 – 11:24pm.
    Thanks guys!
    I agree the old natlamp was a classic!

    Happy Birthday

    Submitted by ejp (not verified) on Thu, 12/10/2009 – 11:05am.
    Great video !

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