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Irwin Hasen: A Legacy Portfolio, 2005
10 prints (0.1 linear foot)
Collection number: MS 744

Abstract:
A noted comic illustrator, Irwin Hasen enjoyed a career spanning over five decades, including work as staff artist for a number of classic comic book titles. He is perhaps best remembered as the artist behind Dondi, a strip about a war orphan co-authored with Don Edson, that ran nationally from 1955 to 1986.

Hasen's Legacy Portfolio includes ten hand-pulled serigraphs signed and numbered by the artist, reflecting artwork from throughout his career. The SCUA portfolio is number 16 of 35 sets in the limited edition, with each print hand separated and printed in collaboration with the master printer Gary Lichtenstein.

Terms of Access and Use: Restrictions on use:

Copyright is retained by the artist.

Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

Biographical Note
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Best known as the artist behind Dondi, a long running comic strip co-authored with Don Edson, Irwin Hasen was born in New York City on July 8, 1918 and grew up on West 110th Street, fascinated with art from a young age. After studying at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League, Hasen worked for a time as a sports artist before being drafted into the army during the Second World War. Too short for combat duty, he was assigned to Fort Dix, N.J., and worked as editor of the camp newspaper, the Fort Dix Gazette.

Upon returning to civilian life, Hasen resumed his work in advertising illustration and comic books, becoming a staff artist for some of the major series of the day, including The Green Lantern, Wildcat, Wonder Woman, and Detective Comics, along with a host of other publications from DC Comics, Fawcett, and Bert Whitman Associates. As a member of the National Cartoonists Society in 1955, he was touring Korea on a USO-sponsored trip when he met Gus Edson and the two immediately hit it off. Edson proposed the idea of comic strip based on a war orphan, and Hasen soon agreed. For the next 31 years, Hasen drew Dondi, originally described as a World War II orphan, later as an orphan of the Korean War or Vietnam, with Edson writing the story until his death in 1966, followed by Bob Oksner. A daily strip, Dondi reached its peak circulation in the early 1960s and continued until cancellation in 1986.

Hasen received numerous awards for his illustration, including recognition by the National Cartoonists Society as the best newspaper story strip in 1961 and 1962 and the Silver T-Square Award in 1969 for "outstanding dedication or service to the Society or the profession." At the San Diego Comicon in 1999, he received the Inkpot Award for lifetime achievement.

Scope and contents of the collection

Irwin Hasen's Legacy Portfolio includes ten hand-pulled serigraphs signed and numbered by the artist, reflecting artwork from throughout his career. The SCUA portfolio is number 16 of 35 sets in the limited edition, with each print hand separated and printed in collaboration with the master printer Gary Lichtenstein.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on use:

Copyright is retained by the artist.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Irwin Hasen: A Legacy Portfolio (MS 744). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

History of the Collection

Gift of Irwin Hasen, 2012 (2012-078).

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, June 2012.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Special Collections and University Archives
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Phone: (413) 545-2780
Fax: (413) 577-1399
Link to SCUA
Language
English
Related Materials

The Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University houses over 3,500 pieces of original artwork from Irwin Hasen as well as the papers of Gus Edson.


Contents List
Hasen, Irwin, Wildcat
1941
1p.
1
Hasen, Irwin, Sergeant Route -- Step O'Malley of the Fort Dix Reception Center Gazette
1944
1p.
2
Hasen, Irwin, Canvas of crime
1947
1p.
3
Hasen, Irwin, The revenge of Solomon Grundy
1947
1p.
4
Hasen, Irwin, Dondi the war orphan
1955
1p.
5
Hasen, Irwin, I'm looking for my buddies
1955
1p.
6
Hasen, Irwin, Dondi plays baseball
1974
1p.
7
Hasen, Irwin, L'apres d'amour
1974
1p.
8
Hasen, Irwin, Goodbye Dondi
1985
1p.
9
Hasen, Irwin, The joy, the laughter, and the tears
2005
1p.
10

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Subjects
  • Cartoons and comics.

Contributors
  • Hasen, Irwin, 1918- .
  • Lichtenstein, Gary.

Genre terms
  • Cartoons (Humorous images).
  • Comic strips.
  • Prints (Visual works).
  • Screen prints.


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