ELWOOD – TOM FORMAN & BEN TEMPLETON AUTOGRAPHS


Tom Forman, half of the creative team that produced the “Motley’s Crew” syndicated comic strip for the past 20 years, has died. He was 60. Mr. Forman, who wrote the strip drawn by Ben Templeton and signed Forman & Templeton. The team also produced the comics “Elwood,” “Prime Time” and “The Sporting Life.” “Motley’s Crew,” printed regularly in 250 newspapers, is a satirical social commentary as seen through the eyes of blue-collar worker Mike Motley. Born in Detroit, Mr. Forman earned a degree in government at California State University, Los Angeles, and taught government and history for four years. Then he switched to writing, producing and developing television documentaries, feature films and television plots. Deciding he was going broke trying to sell movies, he got the idea for Motley and, through a mutual friend, met Templeton, an advertising art director and designer. They drew and wrote the strip and managed to sell it to a syndicate in 1976. They added “The Sporting Life,” which satirizes sports, two years later and the others after that. Ben Templeton is the co-creator of the classic comic strip Motley’s Crew along with his late partner Tom Forman. After the death of his partner, Templeton completed the strip on its own until its cancellation on January 1, 2000. As of 2007, Ben Templeton is semi-retired and has fond memories of working on the Motley’s Crew comic strip. Original Tom Forman & Ben Templeton Autographs, signed on Tom Forman & Ben Templeton Letterhead with a large Elwood Sketch. Approx. size 8 1/2 x 11 inches. Regular Price – $ 68.00 / Regular Price – $ 39.00.

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