Art Spiegelman

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Art Spiegelman (2007)

Art Spiegelman (* 15. February 1948 in Stockholm ) is an award-winning American cartoonist and comic - author .


Spiegelman is the son of Władysław "Władek" Spiegelman and Andzia Spiegelman, née Zylberberg. Both parents survived the concentration camp in Auschwitz and other concentration camps, while their first son Rysio and most of their relatives and friends were murdered. The Spiegelman family emigrated to the USA in 1951 and settled in New York , where Władysław Spiegelman, now William Spiegelman, made wealth as a diamond dealer.

At the age of seven, Art discovered the picture wit of the comic magazine Mad . At the age of twelve he began to be interested in the EC Comics ( Entertaining Comics ) and to trace them. In the course of time he then realized his own ideas, which were soon printed in a school newspaper.

At 15, Spiegelman drew cartoons for the Long Island Post before entering the High School of Art and Design in 1965. Two years later he met Wallace Wood . Spiegelman broke off his studies, worked for Woods magazine Witzend , a little later for the erotic magazines Cavalier , Dude , Gent and Nugget .

In May 1968, his mother committed suicide without leaving a suicide note. Spiegelman processed the events in the four-page story Prisoner on the Hell Planet (" Prisoner on the Hell Planet ").

In 1976 he met his future wife, the French architecture student Françoise Mouly, with whom he published the soon-to-be-acclaimed large-format comic avant-garde magazine RAW from 1980 to 1991 . In the magazine, in addition to foreign artists and new American talents such as Charles Burns and Gary Panter, they also published Spiegelman's first major work, Mouse - The Story of a Survivor from Issue Two onwards, his story of his father's memories of the Shoah .

Shortly after the attacks on September 11, 2001 , he quit the famous The New Yorker , for which he had drawn some sensational covers, in protest against the opportunism of the American media for the so-called " War on Terror " of the Bush administration:

“Well, the press is a fearful creature here. It's not that brave. "

“Well, the press is a scary thing here. She is not very brave. "

In 2002, the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit published his ten-part comic series In the Shadow of No Towers ("In the shadow of no towers"). The series describes Spiegelman's processing of September 11th and gives an idea of ​​the trauma that the attack left on Spiegelman. The ten episodes of the series, each consisting of a large-size side and are full of references to comic strips from the early days of the medium, published in the period from 2002 to 2003. In 2004 was published the series as a book.

In June 2006 he dealt with the controversy surrounding the cartoon The Face of Muhammad in a cover story for Harper's Magazine . Art Spiegelman published the comic card series "Garbage Pail Kids" in March 2012 together with John Pound.

Spiegelman has been married to Françoise Mouly, who now works as Art Director at the weekly magazine The New Yorker, since 1977 , and they have children Nadja and Dashiell with her . Today he works as an independent draftsman and author and has lived in SoHo , Manhattan, New York since 1977 .

Awards (selection)



  • Comix. Art Spiegelman - The mirror of history. Documentation, France, 2004, 26 min., Director: Benoît Peeters, first broadcast: January 15, 2005, summary by arte.
  • Art Spiegelman - comic artist. Documentary, France, 2009, 44 min., Written and directed: Clara Kuperberg, Joëlle Oosterlinck, production: arte , summary by arte.

Works (selection)

Lettering of his short story from 1972


Web links

Commons : Art Spiegelman  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ "Prisoner on the Planet Hell" in: Short Order Comix # 1 1972 (Head Press) or Spiegelman, A .: "Maus", Reinbek 1989, p. 100 ff.
  2. “Mouse and Mask. The American comic author Art Spiegelman " ( RTF ; 217 kB), p. 37 resp.
  3. Review of In the shadow of no towers : "Drawn in the shadow" , Deutsche Welle , September 6, 2002
  4. Author talks “GARBAGE PAIL KIDS” book , Fangoria from March 28, 2012. - Archived version ( Memento from April 15, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) from April 15, 2012.
  5. Special Awards and Citations
  6. Book of Members 1780 – present, Chapter S. (PDF; 1.4 MB) In: American Academy of Arts and Sciences ( Retrieved January 22, 2019 .
  7. of June 11, 2012
  8. 2015 Newly Elected Members - American Academy of Arts and Letters. Retrieved December 28, 2018 (American English).
  9. ^ In the Crossfire of World Religions in FAZ of September 25, 2012, page 29