RIP Dick Ayers

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A week after celebrating his 90th birthday, Silver Age great Dick Ayers has passed away, according to reports on Facebook. TwoMorrow’s David Spurlock passed along a brief obituary and the picture below:

RIP Al Feldstein

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One of the last living EC Comics titans has passed away: Al Feldstein has died at age 88. Feldstein was one of the main architects of the EC Comics legend, writing some of its signature stories and editing Mad Magazine for 28 years after the departure of founder Harvey Kurtzman. Feldstein still recreated artwork from […]

RIP Eddie Valiant (aka Bob Hoskins)

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One of the groundbreaking performances in CGI history and a memorable actor overall.

RIP: Courtney Utt

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Designer Courtney Utt, who was responsible for some of Viz’s most distinctive covers, passed away recently at the age of just 37 following a long battle with brain cancer. You can see much of Utt’s work here.

RIP: The Ultimate Warrior

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Only a day after recording this promo, the man known as The Ultimate Warrior is dead at age 54. Born Jim Hellwig, the masked wrestler eventually changed his name legally to Warrior. One of wrestling greatest icons from its 80s glory days, The Ultimate Warrior brought unmatched ferocity and craziness to his matches and promos. […]

Steve Moore 1949 – 2014: A Personal Appreciation

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Stephen James Moore was born at 2:00pm on June 11th, 1949, in a house on Shooters Hill in South London, where he lived all of his life, and died on or around the 16th of March, 2014, still in that house on the hill. In between, he produced a huge body of work, of a […]

RIP: Oderus Urungus

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The Gwar frontman is dead at age 50. Gwar had a big comics crossover of inspiration and I know they played Comic-Con several times. Photo via Diabolique Magazine

RIP: Steve Moore

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Via Strange Attractor Magazine comes word that writer Steve Moore has passed away at the age of 65. Moore was a prolific comics writer, as well as an early editor of and contributor to Fortean Times. Among his comics work, many series for 2000AD and Rebellion, including Lazer Erazer, Axel Pressbutton, Future Shocks, Red Fang […]

RIP: Bhob Stewart

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Pioneering comics journalist Bhob Stewart has passed away after a lingering illness. His website is here, but tributes are piling up on his FB page. Stewart was one of the very first “fan” writers who was a writer first and a fan later, and was hugely influential in helping many people in the industry. He […]

RIP: Bill Baker

Over the weekend I was extremely saddened to read of the death of comics writer and historian Bill Baker. He was 55 years old. The cause of death was pneumonia; he died at home. Baker was a frequent convention buddy, and we’d gone back and forth about him contributing interviews to the Beat over the […]

RIP: Morrie Turner

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Morrie Turner, creator of Wee Pals, and the first African-American cartoonist with a nationally syndicated strip, passed away Saturday at the age of 90. He had been undergoing dialysis treatment for kidney ailments. Turner won the Milton Cainiff award in 2003 and the Bob Clampett Humanitarian award in 2012. Turner was inspired by Charles Schulz […]

Gary Edson Arlington (1938-2014), Creator of the Comic Book Store

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by Bob Calhoun [Underground and retailing pioneer Gary Arlington died last week, and local writer Bob Calhoun penned this obituary for him. Above photo via Last Gasp.] Gary Arlington’s comic book store on 23rd Street in San Francisco’s Mission District seemed more like a feat of engineering than the truly historic place that it was. […]

RIP: Mae Young

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Wrestling Hall of Famer Mae Young died earlier this week, at age 90. She wrestled in 7 decades, as recently as 2010, a record unlikely to be broken with current wrestling lifespans. After becoming the first women’s champion in the 50s, and pioneering women’s wrestling along with the Fabulous Moolah, Young made a comeback to […]

RIP Peter O’Toole

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The late actor was the subject of a pretty good graphic novel called, Hellraisers by Robert Sellers and JAKe (SIC), and adapted from Sellers’ prose work of the same name, which featured adventures of excessive drinking from O’Toole, Oliver Reed, Richard Burton and Richard Harris.

RIP: Nelson Mandela

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The great human rights leader and inspiration for non-violent revolt everywhere has died at age 95. The worlds is unlikely to see his equal for a long time. Mandela has been the subject of many comic autobiographies, including the “official” one, which was, middling. South Africa’s greatest cartoonist, Zapiro, drew him many times of course. […]

RIP Al Plastino, the man who replaced both Kirby and Schulz

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Golden age artist Al Plastino has died after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 91. Plastino was best known as a Superman Artist—he was the last surviving Golden Age Superman artist, in fact. Among the characters he drew first: Supergirl, Saturn Girl, Lightning Lad and Cosmic Boy. He also co-created the Parasite and […]