Lee Falk, creator of The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician is one of several comics creators who has been selected for the short list for the voters’ Hall Of Fame nominations for this year’s Eisner Awards.
For those who came in late, the Eisner Awards are to the comics industry what the Oscars are to the film industry. Named after comics artist/ writer Will Eisner, who is considered by many as the father of the modern comic book and was a contemporary of Falk, acknowledge creative excellence in the comics medium. Robot6 reports further on Falk’s nomination;
Each year the judges typically choose two nominees who are automatically inducted into the Hall of Fame, along with a list of nominees who voters [voters must be professionals in the comics industry] can select from. This year they’ve chosen 14 nominees, from which voters will choose four to go into the Hall of Fame: Bill Blackbeard, Howard Chaykin, Richard Corben, Carlos Ezquerra, Lee Falk, Bob Fujitani, Jesse Marsh, Tarpé Mills, Mort Meskin, Dennis O’Neil, Dan O’Neill, Katsuhiro Otomo, Trina Robbins and Gilbert Shelton.
The winners of the Hall of Fame and other categories will be announced during Comic-Con International in San Diego July 12-15. We’ll keep you informed as to how Lee Falk fares.