A BIRTHDAY SALUTE to the late comics stalwart, who was born 108 years ago, on April 11, 1916…

Pretty much every time I mention Irv Novick, it’s in the context of Batman. That makes sense, of course, but it’s not fair to the late Mr. Novick, who had a long career well outside of Gotham.

It’s also not fair to Bronze Age Flash fans, who also claim the artist as their own.

So for his birthday — he was born 108 years ago, on April 11, 1916 — here are 13 REASONS IRV NOVICK’S FLASH WAS SO GROOVY — a collection of pages and panels from the early 1970s:

The Flash #203

The Flash #207

The Flash #209, by Cary Bates, Novick and Dick Giordano

The Flash #220

The Flash #219

The Flash #215

The Flash #211

The Flash #210, by Bates, Novick and Giordano

The Flash #223

The Flash #223

The Flash #202

The Flash #217, by Len Wein, Novick and Frank McLaughlin

The Flash #217


— THE FLASH #204: IRV NOVICK and One of the Grooviest Pages of the Bronze Age. Click here.

— 13 COVERS: An IRV NOVICK Birthday Celebration — 2023 EDITION. Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Irv was on FLASH when I first started reading comics. When I think of Barry, Jay and classic takes on the Rogues, his work on the characters always come to mind first.

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  2. A great talent…. Partnered with Bates and that’s my Flash I grew up reading.

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    • Same! This is my favorite version of the Flash, after growing up on all those great Bates/Novick stories. I’d buy an omnibus and/or artist’s edition of this stuff in a heartbeat! My first issue was #248, with Master Villain.

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  3. My very first comic I bought was Flash 229 with the Ragdoll tripping the Flash on the cover. Great issue.

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  4. I remember Novick! He was the artist in a bunch of new and used Flash issues I got in the 70s! Wonderful! (I’ll have to look up “Death Of An Immortal,” I don’t think I read that one!

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  5. I liked Novick’s Flash art, too. Another facet of that era I enjoyed were the “pointing hand” captions. I assume that was a contribution by the letterer. Anyone remember who that was?

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    • The pointing hands was a Silver Age tool. I believe it was Carmine that started with them.

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  6. As a kid, I always saw Irv Novick’s art as more “modern” and illustrative, i.e. along the lines of Neal Adams, Giordano, etc. I bought a book with a lot of golden age art, and was floored to discover he was a golden age artist, working in the 40’s, not a young whippersnapper!

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