About the Author and Illustrator

Illustrator Sam Glanzman and writer Marty
Podskoch looking over artwork in Sam's studio.

Marty Podskoch, a retired reading teacher, is the author of three other books: Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore (2000); Adirondack Fire Towers: Their History and Lore, the Southern Districts (2003); Adirondack Fire Towers: Their History and Lore, the Northern Districts (2005).

While gathering stories of the forest rangers and fire tower observers, he became fascinated with other aspects of the Adirondacks such as the logging and mining industries, the individualistic men who guided sportsmen, the hotels they stayed in, the animals, railroads, etc.

When Sam Glanzman, a noted comic book illustrator, asked to work on a project with Marty in 2003, Marty suggested writing a weekly newspaper column, "Adirondack Stories," that he would write and Sam would illustrate. Many newspapers in and around the Adirondacks began publishing the column.

After three years they decided to publish this book with 150 illustrated panels from their newspaper column. They are now continuing this successful series.

Marty and his wife, Lynn, live in Colchester, CT where they are close to their family and two granddaughters, Kira and Lydia. He enjoys hiking in the nearby Salmon River Forest and is doing research on the CCC camps of the Adirondacks and Connecticut.

Sam Glanzman is a comic book legend. Over a period of 60 years he has illustrated thousands of pages of comic book art. Here are a few comic books that he has illustrated: Hercules, War at Sea, Army Heroes, Sgt. Rock, Kona, Attu, Spitfire Comics, Zorro, Turock, The Loserís Special, Space Adventures, DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest, Our Army at War, Air War Stories, A Sailorís Story, Semper Fi, The Best of DC, House of Secrets, Jungle Tales of Tarzan, and Flying Saucers.

He was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1924. Sam began working for publishers such as Centaur and Harvey. He then served aboard a destroyer, the USS Stevens, in the South Pacific during WW II. On board he kept a diary that served as a foundation for his future work. He is considered by many to be the ultimate war artist.

Once out of the Navy he began illustrating childrenís books for Random House and Grosset & Dunlop.

During the early 1950s, Sam began illustrating for Classic Comic books. From there he picked up other publishing accounts: Charlton, Dell, DC Comics, Marvel, and others.

Then in the 1960s and 70s Sam illustrated the long-running Outdoor Life feature, "This Happened to Me."

"I am not a cartoonist but rather a free lance illustrator," said Sam. "My art for the comic books is of an illustrative style not cartoons."

Sam and his wife, Sue, live in Maryland, NY.