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Comic writer/artist and industry legend Russ Heath has died. Newsarama reports that Heath’s family confirmed on Thursday the 91-year-old artist’s passing.
Russell “Russ” Heath Jr. got his start drawing western comics for Marvel (nee Timely) Comics in the late ’40s. His work spanned decades – he worked well into the 2000s – and genres from superhero and science fiction to horror and crime drama.
Heath’s niche was in war comics, though, which he worked on for Timely, EC, and eventually DC Comics, where he enjoyed long runs on Our Army at War and G.I. Combat. He was awarded an Inkpot in 1997, and inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2009.
Heath is perhaps best known to the world at large for panels swiped by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, an experience Heath described in a one-page comic he wrote and drew in 2012 for The Hero Initiative, an organization Heath championed, and which provided Heath with substantial assistance in his last year when his mobility became more impaired.
Let’s all raise a glass for Russ Heath.
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