RIP Peter O’Toole

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Tweet The late actor was the subject of a pretty good graphic novel called, Hellraisers by Robert Sellers and JAKe (SIC), and adapted from Sellers’ prose work of the same name, which featured adventures of excessive drinking from O’Toole, Oliver Reed, Richard Burton and Richard Harris.

RIP: Nelson Mandela

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TweetThe great human rights leader and inspiration for non-violent revolt everywhere has died at age 95. The worlds is unlikely to see his equal for a long time. Mandela has been the subject of many comic autobiographies, including the “official” one, which was, middling. South Africa’s greatest cartoonist, Zapiro, drew him many times of course. […]

RIP Al Plastino, the man who replaced both Kirby and Schulz

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Tweet Golden age artist Al Plastino has died after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 91. Plastino was best known as a Superman Artist—he was the last surviving Golden Age Superman artist, in fact. Among the characters he drew first: Supergirl, Saturn Girl, Lightning Lad and Cosmic Boy. He also co-created the Parasite […]

RIP: Nick Cardy

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Tweet Famed DC artist Nick Cardy passed away at age 93 last night, it was reported on FB and elsewhere. Cardy’s long time friend Todd Dezago has posted on his failing health over the weekend: “Thank you, thank you, thank you–to everyone who replied to the news of Nick’s failing health with kind words and […]

RIP Phil Nutman

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Tweet Writer Phil Nutman passed away this week after a brief illness. Details are’t available, but there’s a touching eulogy for him at Fangoria where he was a regular contributor. Nutman was best known for his horror novels and film work, but I knew him when he was involved with Tundra Comics, a horror story […]

RIP: Stan Lynde

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Tweet Artist Stan Lynde, creator of the comic strip Rick O’Shay and one of the best known Western comics artists, has died at age 81. The cause was cancer. Back in November, it was reported that Lynde was retiring and planning a move to Ecuador with his wife…hope he had as much adventure as his […]

RIP Jim Kelly

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Tweet The Karate expert who co-starred with Bruce Lee in ENTER THE DRGAON has died at age 67. These stills remind us that the 70s were the coolest decade ever,

RIP Kim Thompson

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Tweet Photo by Lynn Emmert. Fantagraphics co-founder and industry titan Kim Thompson has lost his battle with lung cancer. A statement was released below, but I am crying as I type this, as are so many of you reading this. The news was not unexpected, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Kim was one […]

RIP: Dan Adkins

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Tweet David Spurlock reported the death of industry veteran artist and inker Dan Adkins yesterday at age 76. Adkins worked for all the majors publishers from the 60s on, including Charlton, Marvel, DC, Warren, and so on, with a memorable stint on Doctor Strange perhaps his best known work.

RIP Ray Harryhausen

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Stop motion animation pioneer Ray Harryhausen has died at age 92. Before CGI there was Harryhausen, whose soaring imagination gave birth to creatures that inhabited the psyche of generations of SF and fantasy fans, and whose painstaking hand-done animation has never been surpassed for character and excitement.

RIP: Robert Morales

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Tweet Wow. I am stunned and heartbroken. SF legend Samuel Delany has just written the following on Facebook: Robert Morales was one of my closest friends–and had been since he was seventeen year old. He died at his home in Brooklyn this morning, leaving his father and mother. He was fifty-four. We spoke on the […]

A Comics Tribute to Annette Funicello

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The beloved Disney icon whole burgeoning adolescence entranced a generation of Mickey Mouse Club Watchers—before she went on to become a beach blanket staple and Skippy peanut butter enthusiast—Annette Funicello died earlier this week at the age of 70. In a very full life she also managed to have a surprisingly large comic book presence. While this cover gallery speaks to Disney’s endless—and disturbing—series of chintzy movies, looking at Annette’s essential perkiness in a jaunty scarf and pristine white gloves, gives ample evidence of why she was so beloved in her day.

Tribute: Carmine Infantino Remembered

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Tweet [Artist Nelson deCastro wrote this for his Facebook page and it is reprinted with his permission. Comics great Carmine Infantino passed away yesterday at the age of 87.] by Nelson de Castro I had the pleasure of being the great Carmine Infantino’s art assistant back through 1990 to 1992. He was a great guy […]

RIP: George Gladir

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The co-creator of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, George Gladir passed away Wednesday night at the age of 88. The winner of the 2007 Bill Finger Award, Gladir wrote countless classic Archie stories in a career that went back to the 50s. Even in the last decade, he was still creating comics and attending Comic-Con to promote them, as recounted in this touching memorial by friend Batton Lash:

RIP: Carmine Infantino

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TweetIn a day that already saw the passing of beloved movie critic Roger Ebert and Archie mainstay George Gladir, news has now come that comics legend Carmine Infantino has passed away. He was 87 and had been in poor health for a while. One of the most influential comics artists of the Silver Age, Infantino […]

RIP: Fred

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Tweet French cartoonist Frédéric Aristidè who worked under the name Fred has died at age 82. Winner of the 1980 Grand Prix at Angoulême, Fred was best known for Philémon, a long running fantasy strip about a youth who falls through a well to a magical world, accompanied by his loyal donkey. Fred co-created the […]