Hy Eisman (born March 27, 1927) is an American cartoonist, active since the 1950s, who writes and draws the Sunday strips for Popeye and (until the strip went into reruns in 2006) The Katzenjammer Kids. In December 2008, Eisman introduced the character of Bluto to the Popeye Sunday strips, as the twin brother of Brutus.
He entered the comic strip field in 1950 and worked on several strips, including Kerry Drake, Little Iodine, and Bunny. In comic books, he was the last artist doing Little Lulu before it was canceled in 1984. He took over The Katzenjammer Kids in 1986 and the Popeye Sunday strip in 1994. An interview with Eisman on his career appeared in Hogan’s Alley #15 (2007).
In 1976, Eisman, who lives in Glen Rock, New Jersey, became a teacher at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. He has two daughters by his first marriage. His wife of 42 years died of cancer in the fall of 1997. On June 27, 2004, he married Florenz Greenberg, whose husband had also died in 1997. She was the managing editor at CavanKerry Press, a nonprofit publisher of literary works in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Their wedding invitation was a comic strip with Popeye and Olive Oyl. Florenz Greenberg died on October 20, 2013, in Glen Rock, NJ.
Marco Cutrone and Vincent Zambrano are organizing a fundraiser to honor Hy Eisman with a feature documentary about his life. The production is attempting to finish the film in a time of Hy Eisman’s 94th birthday in March 2021. If you would be interested in helping please go here for more information.