Arthur Spiegelman was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and immigrated to the United States with his parents in his early childhood. Spiegelman studied cartooning in high school and started drawing professionally at age sixteen. Despite his parents wanting him to become a dentist, Art Spiegelman majored in art and philosophy at Harpur College. After leaving college in 1968, he joined the underground comix movement.
The following decade, Spiegelman became a regular contributor to various underground publications, including Real Pulp, Young Lust and Bizarre Sex. Under a variety of pseudonyms like Joe Cutrate, Skeeter Grant and Al Flooglebuckle he drew creations such as 'Ace Hole, Midget Detective', 'Nervous Rex', 'Douglas Comics' and 'Cracking Jokes'. In 1975, he and Bill Griffith co-founded Arcade, an influential comix revue with artists like Robert Crumb, S. Clay Wilson and Justin Green.
Besides his cartooning career, Art Spiegelman edited several comix magazines. In 1980, he started the magazine Raw with his wife Françoise Mouly. In the pages of Raw, Spiegelman helped reveal important American talents like Mark Beyer, Chris Ware, Dan Clowes, Charles Burns, David Mazzuchelli, J. Otto Seibold, Kaz and Jerry Moriarty, as well as artists from foreign shores such as Ever Meulen, Pascal Doury, Jacques Tardi and Joost Swarte, among others.
With the publication of 'Maus' in Funny Animals in 1972, Spiegelman's career really took flight. 'Maus' was based on the experiences of his parents as concentration-camp survivors. He expanded this premise into a full-blown graphic novel, which he drew from 1980 to 1986, with the Jews presented as mice and the Germans as cats (the Katzies). The book 'Maus: A Survivor's Tale', earned Spiegelman fame. He completed the tale in 1991 with 'Maus II: From Mauschwitz to the Catskills'. Art Spiegelman received the Pullitzer Prize in 1992.
In the 1990s, besides his illustration work for books such as 'The Wild Party' and covers for The New Yorker, Spiegelman has used his editorial skills to put together the children's magazine 'Little Lit', containing comics for children and adults. Apart from the contributing members from Raw, this series contains work by artists outside the comics field, such as William Joyce, Maurice Sendak, Ian Falconer, Marc Rosenthal, Claude Ponti, David Macaulay, Barbara McClintock and Harry Bliss. In the wake of the disaster of 11 September 2001, which happened around the corner from where he lives (Greenstreet/Canalstreet), Spiegelman has made a Sunday page format story about the terrorist assault on the World Trade Center in New York, called 'In the Shadow of No Towers'.
Art Spiegelman has been of great importance for the re-appraisal of the comics genre as an adult artform.
Date of Birth:
February 15th, 1948
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- 1996 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Hall of Fame
- 1997 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Hall of Fame
- 1998 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Hall of Fame
- 1999 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Winner - Hall of Fame: (Voter's choice)
City of Glass, The Graphic Novel (2004)
Gli squali (1995)
Little Lit (2000)
Lynd Ward: Gods' Man, Madman's Drum, Wild Pilgrimage (2010)
HC vol. 01 Lynd Ward: Prelude to a Million Years, Song Without Words, Vertigo (2010)
- 'Lynd Ward: Gods' Man, Madman's Drum, Wild Pilgrimage'
HC vol. 02 Lynd Ward: Six Novels In Woodcuts (2010)
- 'Lynd Ward: Prelude to a Million Years, Song Without Words, Vertigo'
#1 The Narrative Corpse (1995)
- 'Introduction and Chapter One: The Sheik'#2
- 'Chapter Two: The Honeymoon'#3
- 'Chapter Three: Prisoner of War'#4
- 'Chapter Four: The Noose Tightens'#5
- 'Chapter Five: Mouse Holes'#6
- 'Chapter Six: Mouse Trap'#7
- 'Chapter Seven: Mauschwitz'
OGN SC Neon Lit: Barry Gifford's Perdita Durango (1995)
Neon Lit: Paul Auster's City of Glass (1994)
Raw Book (1987)
- 'The Narrative Corpse'
OGN 01 Raw One-Shot (1981)
- 'Agony'OGN 02
- 'Jimbo: Adventures in Paradise'OGN 03
- 'Hard-Boiled Defective Stories'OGN 04
- 'Cheap Novelties: The Pleasures of Urban Decay, with Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer'
#1 Red Flowers (1985)
Short Order Comix (1973)
The Toon Treasury of Classic Children's Comics (2009)
- 'How to Commit Suicide in South Africa'#3
- 'Jack Survives'#4
- 'Invasion of the Elvis Zombies'#4 (Spanish Version)
- 'Invasion de los Elvis Zombies'#5
- 'Big Baby: Curse of the Molemen'#6
HC Two-Fisted Painters (1980)
- 'The Toon Treasury of Classic Children's Comics'