I am sad to report that Ray Zone, known as the master of 3D comics for more than 30 years, passed away on Tuesday:
Ray passed away on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He leaves a long legacy as an author, publisher, historian, photographer, filmmaker and artist. A longtime advocate of stereography as an art form, he earned the title “King of 3-D Comics” for publishing or producing the 3-D separations for over 130 3-D comic books. Ray was a longtime member and past President of the LA 3-D Club, and was currently serving as the club’s Vice President.
Zone started exploring the art of stereoscopy in comics, using red and blue and 3D glasses, in the early ’80s and soon became the absolute master of the form. I worked with him on a few stories at Disney and he was always finding ways to use the technology as an artform and a storytelling device. He was quite an eccentric, as you might expect from someone who was so deeply ingrained in a niche technology, but also a passionate and wildly creative devotee of the medium. If you own any comics from the ’80s or early ’90s you surely have a 3D comic as envisioned by Zone, since he was the master of it all.
My condolences to his friends and family.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.