Numerous reports confirm that prolific English writer Si Spencer has passed away. The cause of death is not known. Spencer was best known in the US for work at Vertigo, including Books of Magick: Life During Wartime, Bodies, The Vinyl Underground, Hellblazer, and more. For 2000 AD his work included “Harke & Burr,” “The Creep,” and “The Returners,” all for Judge Dredd Magazine. He was also worked in television, for such BBC shows as Eastenders, The Bill, and Grange Hill.
The 2000 AD blog has a full obituary for Si Spencer, with some quotes that show his thoughts on his work.
‘Part of the joy [of writing comics] is, of course, the natural urge to create and solve puzzles,’ he told the Megazine, ‘but in a broader sense writing fiction is playing God. Whether it’s something fairly low-level like The Sims or playing with dolls or toy soldiers as a kid or whether you’re looking at the deeper creative process of fiction, it’s clear that humans like to stamp their authority on things. We like to create worlds where things behave exactly as we tell them to, to impose order in a world of random processes and, best of all, create a world where that order is your order. Writers are just frustrated fascists, I guess; although that’s not strictly true because for me and I think most writers, the real joy is when the characters you’ve created start imposing their own wills and identities on proceedings and take the story off in new directions.
‘For readers, I think it’s the opposite impulse that people enjoy. They like to solve puzzles. In the broader scheme of things, though, the universe is still random processes and the more civilised and organised we become, the more that random element is taken from us. Our lives become repetitive and predictable and a writer or artist defies that by offering us surprise and intrigue.
Spencer was well liked by colleagues and many Twitter tributes are coming out:
I am in a state of shock, my old friend from way back, Si Spencer, has died… I really can't believe it…
— John McCrea @ MWOM now for sale in my store (@mccreaman) February 17, 2021
Reading reports that Si Spencer has passed. I worked with Si & @Max_Dunbar on Vertigo's Slash & Burn several years ago. Si was a brilliant & generous collaborator. He and Max even cut me (the inker) in for a bit of ownership. All but unheard of. RIP, Si. You'll be missed. pic.twitter.com/MUVSvJJiUy
— Ande Parks (@andeparks) February 17, 2021
RIP Si Spencer and condolences to his family. He wrote a very cool, stylish series called The Vinyl Underground. Check it out. Vertigo DC Comics. Pencils: Simon Gane. pic.twitter.com/pph6avyV1q
— Ryan Kelly (@funrama) February 17, 2021
DC joins the comic book community in mourning the passing of Si Spencer. A longtime writer of several Vertigo titles, from Books of Magick all the way to Slash and Burn, he was an influential voice for so many. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/Qe4kxAWBfM
— DC (@DCComics) February 17, 2021
So sad to read about the death of Si Spencer, who wrote for TV and a host of wonderful comics, along with editing Deadline for a stint and a script editor for TV.
— D. V. Bishop (@davidbishop) February 17, 2021
Stunned and saddened by the terrible news that writer/editor Si Spencer has passed away suddenly. My condolences to his family and many friends. He was prolific on social media and one of the people it was a pleasure to converse with over the years. Gone far too soon.
— Lew Stringer (@lewstringer) February 17, 2021
Trying and failing to process the death of Si Spencer. There wasn't a week that someone didn't confuse us for each other — always to my gain. There was no better fellow for whom to be confused.
As clever and warm-hearted a mensch as I ever knew. And a cracking quizmaster.
— Simon "Si Spurrier" Spurrier (@sispurrier) February 17, 2021
The Beat sends its condolences to Spencer’s friends and family.