Artist Sam Glanzman and his family need your help. The longtime DC Comics and Charlton Comics artist is entering the first stages of hospice care. Glanzman’s deteriorating health and mounting medical bills are putting tremendous strain on him and his wife, Sue. Fellow artist and family friend and colleague Drew Ford has started a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money to assist Glanzman as he progresses through the advanced levels of hospice. Ford has also been instrumental in getting Glanzman’s out-of-print work back onto shelves and into bookstores.
The crowdfunding campaign will first go toward producing a tribute book, Sam Glanzman Forever, publishing lots of unpublished art, photos and letters from Glanzman’s personal collection, tributes from fellow comic creators and fans. It is meant as a celebration of his life and career. Glanzman’s runs on Sgt. Rock, Our Army at War, Weird War Tales and Haunted Tank, as well as his numerous works for Charlton Comics, including Hercules, are among the Golden and Silver Age era classics. Glanzman was never one to self-promote, and his impact is best understood by his peers. His career is one of the most underrated of this long-spanning cherished era of comics.
Part of Glanzman’s experience comes from serving for the U.S. military as a sailor on the U.S.S. Stevens during World War II in the Pacific theater, and that fed into his original works, like the 60-page biographical Sailor’s Story (Marvel Graphic Novel #30), in which he both wrote and drew about his World War II experience. Much of it reflected the horrors of war but also issues of race and homosexuality, which were groundbreaking when they were originally printed. The most recent published work of his art was for the Red Range graphic novel written by Joe R. Lansdale.
Some of the other higher rewards funders can get original art, T-shirts and signed Red Range graphic novels. The original goal of the campaign is $15,000 and is nearly two-thirds met just 10 days into the campaign, but let’s see just how much money we can raise for a prolific and undersung comic artist who also served this country proudly. Once the tribute book production and shipping costs are covered, everything else will go to Glanzman and his wife, who is also facing serious health concerns.
For those interested in funding the tribute book and helping Glanzman and his wife, head over to this GoFundMe campaign right now.