An Irwin Hasen Story
By Irwin Hasen
Loverboy is the risqué, romantic escapade story of a very short, blue-eyed, confirmed bachelor, who adores tall, voluptuous women. The double-breasted suit wearing man-about-town seeks psychiatric insight to his tendencies in this humorous, intimate, and sometimes poignant, new graphic novel by award winning Dondi cartoonist, Irwin Hasen.
Toward the end of the story, we find that Loverboy is, in fact, Hasen himself and the book segues into an entertaining biography of the noted cartoonist whose career spans from the birth of the comic book; to work for DC, All-American, Sheldon Mayer and M.C. Gaines, including Catman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, All-Star Comics; to his own creation, with Batman co-creator Bill Finger, Wildcat; to mentoring comics and animation legend, Alex Toth; to creating the Dondi newspaper strip with writer Gus Edson; and the1961 Dondi film staring David Janssen, Patti Page,and a cameo by Hasen as a police sketch artist. Loverboy is filled throughout with Irwin Hasen's famous humor.
Irwin Hasen on LOVERBOY:
"In this society of tandem ritual, I made the choice of singleness. I've always sought out my female companions with care, tenderness and, above all, an innate sense of humor that I cultivated to protect me from my insecurities. I offered no hollow promises to gain the generosity of their hearts and the warmth of their embrace.
These women and I had a common bond. We had many loves before we met, but there the bond ended. They were all voluptuous valkyries . . . and I, a diminutive figure. Most women have always expected a sense of security from a man. I was only able to offer them love with transient passion.
So we traveled together on empty trains with tickets to nowhere, then eventually stopped off at some lonely place and departed separately.
Over the years the passion was forgotten, but never the laughter. This episode was an exception."
"Irwin Hasen has lived a life that would take three lifetimes to experience. This book is a must read."
"So you thought you missed the boat. Well here's your chance with Irwin Hasen's risqué and psychologically-insightful Loverboy graphic novel. Do not miss this book."