We’ve lost yet another legendary cartoonist, underground pioneers Skip Williamson, 73, whose Snappy Sammy Smoot was the best known of his creations. Patrick Rozenkrantz, the Boswell of the underground movement has the detailed obituary and appreciation:: Williamson’s underground style, steeped in Art Deco flatness and crammed with calculatedly unhip scatology (“Holy cow! Some elephant doody!”), […]
Legendary horror artist and friends Bernie Wrightson lost his battle with brain cancer last night, his wife Liz reported on Facebook and his webpage. He was 68. He had been fighting the illness for a few years and last fall announced that he was no longer able to draw or attend conventions. In addition to […]
Painter and comics inker Dave Hunt passed away this weekend at age 75. He had been fighting cancer for a while and took a turn for the worse following surgery a few weeks ago. Hunt was one of the essential Bronze Age inkers, working on multiple Marvel and DC titles, including over Curt Swan on Superman […]
Undergound legend Jay Lynch has passed away at age 72. He was one of the foundational underground cartoonists with such titles as Bijou Funnies and Nard ‘n’ Pat but made perhaps his greatest contribution to culture with his work as an illustrator on Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids. He also wrote the long running […]
Word is going around that manga great Jiro Taniguchi has passed away at age 69. His best known works in English include The Walking Man, The Summit of the Gods and The Magic Mountain, all meditative books about man and nature and his place in the world. In Japan he was probably best known for Kadoku no […]
Mark Evanier reports on the death at age 96 of artist Dan Spiegle. The two were collaborators on Crossfire, a delightful Superhero meets Hollywood Babylon series from the 80s, but Spiegle was a prolific artist on Blackhawk, Star Trek, Scooby Doo and about a million other comics. He could and did draw anything with a solid, lively style.
Damn it. 2016 may be the year we lost our heroes but 2017 is turning out to be the year you lose your friends. I’ve already lost three and now comes word that actor Miguel Ferrer has passed away at age 61. Miguel was a classic “Who’s that guy?” character actor who was in everything […]
Wrestling legend Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka died at age 73 after suffering from stomach cancer. He had a controversial life – which may or may not have included killing his girlfriend – but he was great in the ring. And now both the participants in this classic wrestling moment have left us.
Upon reading the news, I immediately burst into tears and sobbed; crying on and off for nearly an hour. If anyone would understand this reaction, I think it’s you.
Alan Brennert reports on FB that comics retail founding father Richard Kyle has passed away at age 87. Kyle had been in ill-health for a long time. As the owner of Richard Kyle Books (and the earlier) Graphic Story Bookshop in Long Beach, Kyle was not only a pioneer in selling comics, but the inventor […]