Yesterday DC Comics was the host for a memorial tribute to artist Dave Cockrum. We dearly wanted to attend, since Cockrum’s art had a profound effect on our youth, and his spirit was an inspiration to so many people, but alas, deadlines kept us away. Luckily, Comic Foundry’s Tim Leong went and filed a report:
Clifford Meth, Cockrum’s longtime friend, started off the speeches, reminding everyone Cockrum died in his Superman pajamas and was cremated in his Green Lantern shirt. He also read a statement from Marv Wolfman, who was unable to make it in town. Next Meth introduced a prepared audio statement from Harlan Ellison, but not before making a light dig at Gary Groth. Ellison read from a humorous intro he wrote for a Cockrum tribute book. It actually drew a tear from Peter David — which actually came out of laughter, not sadness. Not everyone was into Ellison’s enthusiastic but long speech, as Mark Waid jokingly pretended to cut his wrists halfway through.
Jo Duffy, Jack C. Harris, Roy Thomas (via Paul Levitz proxy) and Chris Claremont also spoke and shared anecdotes. Unfortunately I missed the rest because I had to get back to the other job.