A biography and life story of Kenneth Landau.
By Maranee Landau
I’m currently in the process of writing a book about my fathers life as a comic book artist and cartoonist in the forties, fifties and sixties which is due out in the Fall of 2018!.
It is a non-fiction bookend time period piece about my father Kenneth Landau. It’s many stories within a story telling of his ups and downs and the truth behind living as a struggling comic book artist and cartoonist as well as his life.
Back then many artists never got the credit they deserved, nor has anyone cared until now. His story is extraordinary and tells how and why things didn't go as planned for him. In this book I will tell his story in the third person on what really happened to my father during his many struggles throughout his career.
He wasn’t the average cartoonist. He was not the easy going nerd as most were but a loud, rough yet funny jokester that drank, smoked heavily and gambled often on the horses as well as having many lady friends on the side. He was a loud, obnoxious, yet loveable guy. Although he wasn't perfect his co workers and other artists in the studios loved Ken. He brought humor and change into the studios when boredom set in. He was liked by many but disliked by some as well. He often told people exactly how he felt and got into trouble doing so at times. His story needs to be told mainly because it’s a story unlike any other
Kenneth Landau was a comic book artist, as well as a animation layout artist. He worked for every big animation studio there was, such as Hanna-Barbera, Depatie Freleng, and Disney, for over 30 years. He began his work on comic books in the 50’s and then went on to work on cartoons, but he never stopped creating multiple comic strips. Ken was well known for his artistic perfection and he could draw anything and copy anyone's work. He was a Chameleon, in style.
His top comic books like Forbidden Worlds, are still talked about on many blogs to this day. He was one of those artists that never made it big, but was better than most. He struggled during the time of war, when many were financially strapped, but his outlook was always promising. If something didn’t work out, he never sat for long but was instantly onto the next project.
Ken was the life of the party and often at whatever studio he was working for at the time, he would blow off steam by drawing the funny innocent cartoons he was working on into funny sexual scenarios just to get a laugh from the other artists that were working with him. Ken indeed was very different, but he also had a dark side, one that not many knew about. In this book I will talk delve into that dark side and the secret surname he used later on in his life
Ken's father was a concert violinist who worked for the best in the business and toured on the east coast and played with some of the top orchestras in the thirties and forties. He then came to California with his wife and began working for MGM, Disney, RKO and Universal. He was able to get Ken his first job at age 16 to work for Disney. He dropped out of High School and began what he felt was the career of a lifetime. His passion….
When Ken passed away in 2012, I came across a treasure-trove of all of his work and found out he drew many comic strips that never sold. Copies of some of this work will also be in this book, and books to come.
My Plans are to share as much of his amazing artwork as possible on reprints, a clothing line and three books with most of his artwork included in them.
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