Died July 23 in San Francisco, Sid Jacobson was a veteran comic book writer and editor whose work took from the opulent Ritchie Rich world of fiction to the real-life terrorist attacks of 9/11. He was 92 years old.
His family said that his death, in a shelter, was caused by a stroke after contracting the Corona virus in the current situation.
From 1952 to 1982, when the company went out of business, Jacobson was a writer and editor for Harvey Comics in New York, which published the adventures of Casper the Friendly Ghost, Richie Rich, and Wendy the Good Little Witch, as well as crime, horror, and romance comics.
At Harvey he met artist Ernie Colon, who became a frequent collaborator. Mr. Jacobson said in an interview after death in 2019. “We were very close. We were like brothers.”
The two teamed up to tell a photocopy of the 9/11 Commission Report, which examined the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The report, which was the result of a government study headed by Thomas H. Keene, the former governor of New Jersey, became a bestseller, if dense, in 2004.9/11 Report: Graphical Adaptation‘published in 2006. Mr. Jacobson called these efforts ‘photojournalism’.
Julia Keeler pointed out in Review in the Chicago Tribune.
“Particularly remarkable is the point at which the authors have created a series of pages that trace the fate of the four planes, moment by moment, in a horizontal grid that makes the frantic pace of the suddenly unfolding horror understandable,” she added.
Mr. Jacobson and Mr. Colon continued to author illustrated non-fiction books: a book on America’s war on terror in 2008; Biographies of Che Guevara (2009) and Anne Frank (2010); And in 2017, “The Torture Report: Graphical Adaptation”, which presented the findings Senate Select Committee Investigation In the torture of suspected terrorists by the CIA.
Sydney Jacobson was born on October 20, 1929, in Brooklyn, one of two children of Robin and Beatrice (Edelman) Jacobson. His father worked in the clothing district of Manhattan, and his mother was a homemaker.
He is survived by his son Seth; His daughter, Kathy Potato. and three grandchildren.
Mr. Jacobson studied journalism at New York University and graduated in 1950. Two years later, his sister Shirley was dating someone who worked at Harvey Comics. He used the connection to get his foot in the door and eventually became the company’s chief editor.
“He was called Harvey Comics, but he pretty much ran the company,” said Angelo Desisari, a writer and artist who started at the company in 1978. “Everything flowed through it.”
Mr. Jacobson was involved in plotting and writing Ritchie Rich stories at the height of the character’s popularity, when he appeared in several different books.
“They went out with Ritchie Ritchie as if they were printing money,” said Johnny Harvey, grandson of Leon Harvey, who founded the company with his twin brother Alfred. (Leon their older brother, Robert, became CEO there.) He added, “They had to come up with a lot of gags about Ritchie involving money. Syed was working with the book and going back and forth. He was very collaborative.” (Johnny Harvey is the director of “Ghost Empire,” an upcoming Harvey Comics documentary.)
After folding Harvey Comics, Mr. Jacobson found work at Marvel, where he became the editor of Star Comics, an imprint of younger readers that began in 1984. Star has produced a mix of licensed characters, such as Ewoks and Muppet Babies, and original series such as Planet Terry, a spin-off space adventure. About a boy trying to reunite his parents, and Royal Roy, about a wealthy prince. But Harvey Comics felt that Royal Roy was too close to Richie Rich and filed a lawsuit. (The Royal Roy case ended after six cases, and the lawsuit was dropped.)
In addition to writing and editing comics, Mr. Jacobson has written novels and songs. “Streets of Gold,” a fictionalized version of the story of his family’s Jewish-Russian emigration, was published in 1985; Once more was published during the depression of 1989. He also wrote,razer house: The Rough-and-Tumble Career of the Perfect Ballplayer” (2004), a biography of one of the key players in the often-injured league of the 1940s and 1950s, who was best known for playing reckless abandon.
The writing of Mr. Jacobson’s songs held a special place in his heart. “He was so proud of the hit he called”the endMr. Desisar said. Mr. Jacobson once told him about being on a cruise ship when some passengers discovered he had written the lyrics to the song, which was released in 1958 as a ballad by Earl Grant.
“They all treated him like royalty,” said Mr. DeCesare.
Mr Jacobson’s children said he has written about 100 published songs, mostly love songs but also some new tunes, including “yen after– which they fondly remember hearing on the TV show ‘Captain Kangaroo’.