Colorist Justin Ponsor, whose work has graced the pages of titles from Image, DC, and Marvel, among others, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 42 years old. Ponsor’s passing on Saturday, May 18th, was made public this evening in a post to his Facebook fan page:

“After a long and well documented battle with cancer, Justin passed away in his home early on the morning of May 18th surrounded by loved ones,” the post, accompanied by a photo of a smiling Ponsor, reads. “It has been a time of mourning, reminiscing, and, above all else, celebration. Because. C’mon. This guy.”
Ponsor’s cancer diagnosis was revealed on the artist’s blog back in 2017, and a GoFundMe was set up to help cover the costs of his treatments in early 2018. Ponsor posted sporadic updates to the blog on his treatment and prognosis, with the most recent update having been posted on March 1st of this year.
Ponsor’s career began in 1995, though he rose to prominence in 1998 as a colorist for Image Comics on titles like Danger Girl and Wildcats. His most recent work has been for Marvel on Defenders and Avengers.
As news spread of Ponsor’s passing, fellow creators, both who’d worked with him and who were fans of his work, shared tributes to the colorist on social media. Here’s just a small sampling:


Ponsor was a talented artist, and by all accounts one of the good ones. He will be missed.

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