illustrations ©1996 Vincent Fago

 

VINCENT FAGO

Born in Yonkers, N.Y. in 1914, Vincent Fago began his career as an animator for Fleischer Paramount Studios. He worked on Popeye, Betty Boop and Superman cartoons and the two Fleischer films Gulliver’s Travels and Mr. Bug Goes to Town. In l942, he joined Stan Lee at Timely Comics, which later became Marvel Comics, and served as editor-in-chief at Marvel for four years. When he left Marvel he began independent comic book production and later wrote and illustrated children's books for Golden Press. He succeeded Harrison Cady on the New York Herald Tribune syndicate’s Peter Rabbit in 1948, and wrote and illustrated the half-page Sunday cartoon strip for ten years. During the 1970s Fago produced over one hundred illustrated literary classics for the Pendulum Illustrated Classics Series. He collaborated with his friend Nestor Redondo on 22 of the volumes, including The Great Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, which is the source of the story reprinted in the first edition of Graphic Classics: Arthur Conan Doyle. Mr. Fago worked for ten years with a musician, Julie Albright, on a continuing series of books teaching music theory to children, The Rabbit Man Music Books, published by Diversity Press, Bethel, VT.

Vincent Fago passed away in Summer, 2002. He was a friend and inspiration to Graphic Classics and is sadly missed.