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Fran Hopper (born Frances Randolph Deitrick; July 13, 1922 - November 29, 2017[1]), also credited as France, was one of the comic artists working for publisher Fiction House.

Life & Career Edit

Hopper was born in Maryland in 1922 to Stapleton Conway Deitrick, a mechanical engineer, and Emily (Randolph) Deitrick. She grew up in New Jersey with two brothers and two sisters.

She studied at the Pratt Institute and began working for Fiction House in 1943, and during her tenure there she drew a many different features, among them 'Jane Martin', 'Glory Forbes', 'Camilla', 'Mysta of the Moon' and 'Gale Allen and Her All Girl Squadron'. While at Fiction House, she and fellow artist Lily Renée were friends. She married Dr. John B. Hopper II in 1944. Her last credited work appeared in 1948.

After she left comics, she raised Arabian horses with her husband in Chester, New Jersey. She maintained some contact with the comics world, being friends with Marvel and Archie artist Al Hartley, who lived in the neighboring town of Mendham.[2] From 1974 to 2006, the Hoppers lived in New Hampshire. They had three children, John B. Hopper III, Peter B. Hopper, and Dr. Anne R. Knutson.[3] She continued painting throughout her life, many of which hung proudly in her husband and daughter's practices. She passed away in November 2017 at the age of 95 in Whiting, New Jersey.

Awards & RecognitionEdit

In 2000, she was nominated to the Friends of Lulu Hall of Fame.

BibliograpyEdit




SourcesEdit

  1. "Frances Hopper Obituary", Dignity Memorial. Accessed 4 Dec 2017.
  2. Comment by Shaun Clancy in a private Facebook group.
  3. Obituary: Dr. John B. Hopper II, Asbury Park Press/Daily Record, 2 March 2010. Accessed 3 Aug 12

GCD-icon See Fran Hopper's credits at the Grand Comics Database.

Bails-icon See Fran Hopper's entry on Bails' Who's Who of American Comic Books.

FAG-icon View Fran Hopper's memorial at Find-A-Grave.

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