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 […]
Jack T. Chick, whose religious tract comics inspired revulsion and mirth– along with some faith, I’m sure — passed away over the wekeend at age 92, as his company FB page revealed: Many might have been surprised to find out the reclusive artist was still alive. As noted by Steve Bissette, Chick may have been […]
Sad to confirm the death of Steve, my big brother and my hero. He passed away in the city he loved (NYC). He will be sorely missed. Cheers x — glyn dillon (@glyn_dillon) October 22, 2016 I’ve never been so devastated to write a post here at The Beat. Confirmed by his brother, artist Steve […]
As seen on Facebook this morning, and confirmed by Newsarama, former Caliber publisher Gary Reed has passed away suddenly after suffering a heart attack. As recently as this weekend, Reed attended the Monroe Comic Con and posted about it happily. Reed was one of the foundational publishers of indie comics, with Caliber, launched in 1989, […]
Over the weekend I was devastated to learn of the sudden death of Clay Martin Croker, best known as the voice of Zorak and Moltar on Space Ghost Coast to Coast, but also an animator, cartoonist, and general renaissance man. He was only 54, and died after a sudden, acute illness. You can read about […]
Gaspar Saladino, one of the greatest comic book letterers of all time, died yesterday at age 89, a few days short of his 90th birthday. Saladino was a mainstay of the Silver Age at DC, where he designed some of the best known logos ever, and at Bronze Age Marvel where his little stylized “G” […]