Skip was born with SMA Type 1 Muscular Dystrophy and Cerebral Palsy and given a life expectancy of 2-16 years. He often said it was very important to him to "beat the odds" and he wanted to live past 30 and did so.
When he was small, he was one of the first "Jerry's Kids". He was glad to help promote research for this disease through MDA.
When Skip was a teen, he completed the Famous Artist Course offered by Albert Dorne and Norman Rockwell. This was his only formal training, but took on students by the time he was about 20.
About this time, he did quite a few private commissions, and had a number of pieces published in comic fanzines (ads, etc.). Some of the work can be found in Panorama One 1971, The Collector #22, #28, #29, RBCC published his Dormammu and Darkseid.
Skip created a doctored up Krell monster in a tophat from his favorite movie, "Forbidden Planet" and had a small mail order business selling novelty items with this logo (The Krell Trading Post).
Skip collaborated with Leonard John Clark on "The Crusader" comic strip that was intended to be published by Gary Groth. He later collaborated on a script with Mary Otto for the Six Million Dollar Man, but the series was canceled pre-production.
Skip was involved with the Phoenix Comic Club in the '70's that evolved into the Collector's Marketplace in the '80's (some people associated with this group were Bruce Hamilton, Dan Adkins, Bill Pearson, John Clark, Jay Willson and Don Newton to name a few). Skip is responsible for a lot of Phoenix area early convention art such as the earliest LepreCon posters. He was the Fan GoH for LepreCon 5. Other works are IguanaCon II Report, and CopperCon. In 1981, Skip did several ink drawings of Yoda from "Star Wars". Skip did well right before he passed with his western portraits of Indian men. The demand was such that he had a waiting list of collectors at the time of his death.
He was infrequently out, but did enjoy trips to the Mall, movies and conventions.
Skip was a well respected character that everyone adored, and admired. He taught each of us something of value to enhance our lives.
Date of Birth:
December 25, 1951
Boston, MA -of Phoenix, Arizona
Date of death:
May 1983Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RobertSkipOlsonComicArtAppreciationPageNotes: