Last summer I visited the San Diego Comic-Con where I did a panel and I asked a crowd of 800 people if they had heard of Heinz Edelmann (because he had just died) and no one raised their hand. I was shocked!
Heinz Edelmann was the designer of Yellow Submarine, one of the breakthrough masterpieces of animated features.
The story I heard from Milton Glaser was that the producers asked him to be the designer of the film, but he was too busy (probably designing the “I ♥ NY” logo) and he referred the Mr. Edelmann who was an illustrator and designer living in Germany. They contacted him and he had one year to design all the characters and finish the celebrated film.
A sidebar is that Peter Max, who at the time was an intern at Milton Glaser’s studio (Push Pin Graphics), now takes credit for designing the film when he had nothing to do with it.
The ordeal Heinz went through making the feature was so crazy that he gave up the film work and went on to teaching in Stuttgart.
With Heinz Edelmann at the opening reception of “The Masters Series: Heinz Edelmann” exhibition at School of Visual Arts in New York, 2005.