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And just to make this day even more sorrowful in comics circles, legendary MAD cartoonist Jack Davis has passed away at age 91. Davis created some of the most memorable horror comics at EC, but then basically invented an entire style of caricature that was endlessly imitated throughout the 60s and 70s.
Lobo co-creator and Bronze Age comics writer Roger Slifer passed away over the weekend. Slifer was badly injured in a hit and run accident two years ago, suffering traumatic brain injury that left him in a nursing home for the remainder of his life. Although he had been making some recent progress in speaking, he died en route to the emergency room. He was 60.
Word is going around on Facebook today that Dondi co-creator Irwin Hasen has passed away at the ripe old age of 96. Hasen was best known for Dondi, the tale of a WW II orphan who brings joy to the live of those around him. The strip was turned into a movie in 1961. He was presented with an Eisner Award last year.