Bob Lubbers

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Robert Bartow Bob Lubbers (born January 10, 1922 in Brooklyn , New York - † July 8, 2017 in Manhasset ) was an American comic artist . He gained particular fame through the comic series Tarzan and Long Sam .

life and work

Lubbers, who initially drew comics as a freelance artist , got a job at Fiction House in 1942, of which he was artistic director from 1945 to 1950. On July 24, 1950, Lubbers first took over Tarzan's daily strip , before taking over the Sunday page from Burne Hogarth on August 27 of the same year . He held both until 1954. In collaboration with Al Capp , who provided the lyrics and who was later replaced by his brother Elliot Caplin , the series Long Sam was created , which was published from 1954 to 1958. Under the pseudonym Bob Lewis, Lubbers drew the comic series Secret Agent X-9 from 1960 to 1967 . In the following years Lubbers often worked as a ghost draftsman. among others from 1970 to 1977 for Capps Li'l Abner . At the end of the 1970s he turned to advertising and did not draw comics again until 1989.

Lubbers was awarded the Yellow Kid at the 1998 Expo Cartoon Convention in Rome .


Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e Bob Lubbers on (Italian) , accessed on March 27, 2012.
  2. ^ Short autobiography by Bob Lubbers on (JPG file, English) , accessed on March 27, 2012.
  3. a b c d Bob Lubbers on (English) , accessed on March 27, 2012.
  4. Obituary of Robert Lubbers on, accessed July 12, 2017.
  5. a b c d e Andreas C. Knigge: Comic Lexikon . Ullstein Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, Berlin and Vienna 1988, ISBN 3-548-36554-X , p. 300.
  6. Douglas Martin: Elliot A. Caplin, 86, Writer Who Devised Comic Strip Plots at , accessed September 7, 2012.
  7. Paul Gravett: 15 Minutes Of Fame ( Memento from May 20, 2014 in the Internet Archive )