Over the weekend I was extremely saddened to read of the death of comics writer and historian Bill Baker. He was 55 years old. The cause of death was pneumonia; he died at home. Baker was a frequent convention buddy, and we’d gone back and forth about him contributing interviews to the Beat over the […]
Morrie Turner, creator of Wee Pals, and the first African-American cartoonist with a nationally syndicated strip, passed away Saturday at the age of 90. He had been undergoing dialysis treatment for kidney ailments. Turner won the Milton Cainiff award in 2003 and the Bob Clampett Humanitarian award in 2012. Turner was inspired by Charles Schulz […]
by Bob Calhoun [Underground and retailing pioneer Gary Arlington died last week, and local writer Bob Calhoun penned this obituary for him. Above photo via Last Gasp.] Gary Arlington’s comic book store on 23rd Street in San Francisco’s Mission District seemed more like a feat of engineering than the truly historic place that it was. […]
Wrestling Hall of Famer Mae Young died earlier this week, at age 90. She wrestled in 7 decades, as recently as 2010, a record unlikely to be broken with current wrestling lifespans. After becoming the first women’s champion in the 50s, and pioneering women’s wrestling along with the Fabulous Moolah, Young made a comeback to […]
The 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. […]
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 and […]
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 warm […]
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 of […]
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 of […]
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.
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 phone […]
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.