The Times Remembers Don Ivan Punchatz

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Posted October 28, 2009 by Anthony Mariani in Blotch

One of Punchatz' most iconic images is of President Gerald Ford trying to eat an ice-cream cone.

One of Punchatz' most iconic images is of President Gerald Ford trying to eat an ice-cream cone.

In today’s New York Times is a kind obit of Don Ivan Punchatz, the TCU prof and Arlington resident whose illustrations for sci-fi and horror paperbacks, consumer magazines (including National Lampoon in its halcyon days, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Esquire), and for the first Star Wars poster influenced “a generation of illustrators,” according to the Times. Punchatz died a couple of days ago of cardiac arrest after 11 days in the hospital. He was 73.

On the Dallas Observer’s blog, Punchatz is remembered by a Dallas musician for whom Punchatz had done some cover-art work.

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