Hunt was one of the essential Bronze Age inkers, working on multiple Marvel and DC titles, including over Curt Swan on Superman in the 80s, and over John Byrne for a while, as well. He also worked at Disney Comics n some of their key projects, on Scooby Doo and just about everything else at one time or another.
Hunt’s true love in life was his painting though, haunting, hyperreal still lifes that told stories of mystery and loss through their moody lighting and composition.
I worked with Dave as an editor at Disney for several years, and as you do with the inker who is tasked with getting things back on schedule, we talked on the phone, a LOT. I was stunned when I heard about his parallel painting career, and truly mesmerized by his paintings. In recent years he’d been turning to paintings of caves and other natural scenes. His art website went down a while ago, and the Wayback Machine has only titles, hopefully someone can restore some of this art for the internet to enjoy.
Like Alfredo Alcala, Dave taught me a lot about the artist’s life and vision. While inking desperately late pages far into the night, an ashtray their companion, paid the bills, painting was where they put their deepest thoughts. And they were beautiful thoughts.
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.