The team here at downthetubes were very sad to learn of the passing of the influential comics American comic creator Sam Glanzman, whose work we have highlighted on several occasions.
Here, his son Thom Glanzman pays tribute to his father…
Samuel (Sam) Joseph Glanzman of Maryland, New York, passed away Wednesday 12th July 2017, at 2.30am, of natural causes.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, 5th December 1924, to Gustave and Florence Glanzman, Sam was a professional illustrator and writer. Self-taught, Sam did freelance work for comic book companies and other publishing entities including DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Charlton Comics, Outdoor Life magazine, and many others.
Titles he worked on throughout his more than 65-year career included G.I. Combat, Sgt. Rock, Hercules, Jonah Hex, Fightin’ Army and Kona – Monarch of Monster Isle.
His most recent work, published in 2016, USS Stevens – The Collected Stories, was nominated for the prestigious Eisner Award, the US comics’ industry equivalent of the Oscar Awards.
Sam was a Navy veteran serving on the destroyer USS Stevens during World War Two from 1942-1946. He would later use his memories and experiences during this time as inspiration for two graphic novels and dozens of short stories.
In addition to his comic creative prowess, Sam was an accomplished carpenter and furniture maker throughout his life. He had a great love for nature and never lost his passion for boating and camping. A dog owner throughout his life, his canine friends would often make appearances in his published works.
He was also an avid motorcycle enthusiast and loved to explore the back roads of his beloved upstate New York countryside.
Sam is survived by his wife, Susan Ann; his daughter Bonnie Pewterbaugh; his sons, Steven Glanzman and Thom Glanzman; his grandchildren, Kimberly Glanzman, Josiah Pewterbaugh, Benjamin Pewterbaugh, Ian Glanzman and Alex Glanzman; in-laws, friends, and hundreds of fans and colleagues.
In lieu of sending cards and flowers, his wife Sue asks that his fans please consider make contributions to the GoFundMe page set up to create a tribute book for Mr. Glanzman, and help pay some bills.
• The GoFundMe Page is here: www.gofundme.com/samglanzman
The team at downthetubes extend our sympathies to Sam’s family and friends at this sad time
Our thanks to Thom for providing this tribute and Drew for organising it