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 also invented Wacky Packages and coined the term underground comics, so his mark will never fade.
I encountered Stewart’s writing in early issues of The Comics Journal, and his lucid, clear style, laced with knowledge, greatly influenced me…so include me in the list of people Stewart helped, whether knowingly or not.
There are many many tributes to him up now, including one from Batton Lash
Sad to hear of the passing of Bhob Stewart. One of the first comics “pundits” (for lack of a better term) I ever read. Among his many astute articles on comics, my favorite might be Stewart’s essay on the work of Howard Nostrand and his subsequent interview with the artist (if you can find Graphic Story Magazine from 1974, check it out. It’s a classic!). Among his many contributions to pop culture, Stewart created Wacky Packages for Topps and is credited for coining the term “underground comics.” He’ll be missed. Spa fon, Bhob!
And this from Larry Hama on FB:
Bhob Stewart has passed away after a long battle with emphysema. He was my mentor @ Castle of Frankenstein magazine, my collaborator on a strip for Gothic Blimpworks, and got me into a groundbreaking show of underground comics at the Corcoran Gallery of Modern Art in Wasington DC back in the sixties. Iwas just a punk kid, but he introduced me to the “good stuff,” opened doors, and encouraged me at every turn. I owe him a lot, and I never thanked him enough. I’m thinking of all the stupid ways I spent wasting my time when I could have been on the phone with him, and I am ashamed and sad. God speed, Bhob.
There will be a private service for Stewart later this week.
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.