Frank Springer

(Francis Hollidge, Bob Monhegan)

(6/12/1929 - 2/4/2009, USA)

Phoebe Zeit-Geist, by Frank Springer
After earning an art degree from Syracuse University in 1952, Frank Springer served a tour in the U.S. Army. From 1955 to 1960, he was assistant to George Wunder on 'Terry and the Pirates'. As a freelance cartoonist, Springer has drawn a wide variety of action and adventure comic books. However, his most lasting fame was for drawing 'The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist', written by Michael O'Donoghue and published in Evergreen Review in 1965-66. Sexy cartoon albums were not new in Europe, but 'Phoebe Zeit-Geist' was a sensation in the United States. Also for the Evergreen Review, he made 'Frank Fleet' in 1969-70. Springer passed away in April 2009 at the age of 79.
Brainboy, by Frank Springer (1963)
He was present at Dell Publications throughout the 1960s, where he drew for comic books like 'Big Valley', 'Brain Boy', 'Charlie Chan', 'Ghost Stories', 'Knights of the Round Table', 'Toka, Jungle King', and many others. From the late 1960s to the late 1980s, he was present as an inker on several titles and as a penciller on 'Dial H for Hero', 'Elongated Man', 'Our Army at War', 'The Shadow' and 'House of Mystery'.
Dracula, by Frank Springer
From the late 1960s, he also drew for Marvel, contributing movie adaptations and having regular runs on 'Spider-Man', 'Spider-Woman' and the initial 'The Transformers' miniseries. He additionally did artwork for companies like Seaboard Comics ('The Cougar', 'Luke Malone'), Charlton ('Haunted') and Continuity ('Armor').
Transformers, by Frank Springer
He also returned to newspaper comics in the 1970s, working on the syndicated titles 'Rex Morgan, M.D.', 'Incredible Hulk' and 'Virtue of Vera Valiant'. In the 1990s, he worked on the newspaper strip 'The Adventures of Hedley Kase'. He has drawn cartoons and features for the New York Daily News and Muppets Magazine. Between 1971 and 1988, he was a regular contributor to the National Lampoon, using pen names like Francis Hollidge and Bob Monhegan.
Phoebe Zeit-Geist, by Frank Springer