JACK KAMEN Biography - Other artists & entretainers


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Name: Jack Kamen                                                                           
Born: 29 May 1920                                                                         
Jack Kamen is an illustrator who was born May 29, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York.             
His first professional job was as an assistant to a sculptor doing work for the           
Texas Centennial. He studied sculpture with Agop Agopoff and was a student of             
Harvey Dunn, George Bridgman and William C. McNulty. When Kamen attended classes           
at the Art Students League and the Grand Central Art School, he paid for his               
studies by painting theatrical scenery, decorating fashion mannequins and                 
creating sculptures.                                                                       
He was beginning a career as an illustrator for Western and detective pulp                 
magazines when he was called into the Army in 1942. After World War II, he                 
started drawing comic books for Fiction House and Iger Associates, eventually             
getting assignments from EC Comics to do romance comics. He became one of the             
most prolific EC artists, drawing crime, horror, humor, suspense and science               
fiction stories, and was known for his drawings of pretty women.                           
After EC, he did Sunday supplement illustrations and created advertising art for           
a wide variety of clients: Esquire Shoe Polish, Mack Trucks, Pan American                 
Airlines, Playtex, RCA, Smith Corona, Sylvania. He also did all the comic book             
artwork for Stephen King and George A. Romero's 1982 horror anthology film, "Creepshow"   
- King and Romero's homage to the EC horror comics. Although the bulk of the               
artwork for the graphic novel adaptation of the film was done by acclaimed                 
macabre artist Berni Wrightson (along with his daughter who did some of the               
coloring), Jack Kamen illustrated the cover.                                               
Kamen's son Dean Kamen is the inventor of the Segway and the iBOT Mobility                 
System. His son Barton is Director of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at The                 
Cancer Institute of New Jersey as well as a Professor of Pediatrics and                   
Pharmacology at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.