Arnold Drake passes away
Mark Evanier posted the sad news that Arnold Drake passed away this morning.
Drake was a prolific writer for comics, prose and film, refusing to be typecast. In the early 1950s he wrote It Rhymes with Lust which can be argued as America’s first graphic novel (readers can judge for themselves when Dark Horse reissues this later in 2007).
While best known today for creating Deadman, Drake also wrote a wide variety of titles, mostly for DC Comics featuring the Doom Patrol, Space Ranger and Tommy Tomorrow. Given his versatility, he also handled Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis and the delightful Stanley and his Monster.
For film, he may be best remembered for The Flesh Eaters.
Drake was outspoken about the changes he saw happening to comics in the 1960s, as Stan Lee and his Marvel cohorts rewrote the rules. As a result, he was in the forefront at demanding improved working conditions and tried to wake DC’s editors up that there was finally some serious competition for readers.
The efforts led to his removal from DC assignments although he would return to write now and then into the 1980s.
His last effort, a proposed Doom Patrol graphic novel, was in the works at the time of his death.