COMICS 2008 1/6 Martha Arguello, 90 - creator of the comic strip ‘Bobby Sox’ (later ‘Emmy Lou’), 1944-79 - signed

her strip ‘Marty Links’; one of the first female members of the National Cartoonists Society

2/2

Gus Arriola, 90, Parkinson’s disease - cartoonist and creator of ‘Gordo’, 1941-1985

2/2

Roger Testu, 94 - French cartoonist

2/6

John Alvin, 59 - movie poster artist

2/10

Steve Gerber, 60, pulmonary fibrosis - comic book writer – The Defenders, Man-Thing, Foolkiller - co-creator of Howard the Duck; waged a long legal battle with Marvel Comics over ownership of the character - animation writer – co-creator of “Thundarr the Barbarian”

2/11

Stéphane Peru, 26, heart attack - comic book colorist for Marvel and DC; titles include ‘52’, ‘Incredible Hercules’ and ‘Young X-Men’

2/19

Robin Moore, 82 - collaborated with artist Joe Kubert on the ‘Green Berets’ comic strip - wrote the novels “The French Connection” & “The Green Berets” (1966-69)

2/22

Steve Whitaker, 53 - colorist; ‘V for Vendetta’

3/11

Dave Stevens, 52 - comic book artist/writer; creator of ‘The Rocketeer’ - known for his stunning pin-up art, particularly of Bettie Page

3/30

Jim Mooney, 88 - legendary comic book artist whose career spanned the 1940s to the 1990s - best-known for his work on Supergirl and Spider-Man, as well as work with Steve Gerber (see above)

4/14

Ollie Johnston, 96 - the last of Walt Disney’s “Nine Old Men”, the pioneers of Disney animation - Animator from 1935 to 1981, contributing to all the animated features from ‘Snow White’ to ‘The Fox and the Hound’

4/29

John Berkey, 76 - sci-fi/space artist/painter, including early artwork for Star Wars

5/3

Ted Key, 95 - cartoonist; creator of ‘Hazel’, a comic strip that ran from 1943-1993, which spun-off a live-action TV show (1961-66) - also created ‘Mr. Peabody and Sherman’ for “Rocky & Bullwinkle” and wrote the story for four Disney films

5/15

Will Elder, 86 - EC Comics artist and one of the original artists for MAD Magazine - Followed MAD co-founder Harvey Kurtzman to his other short-lived humor mags – Help!, Trump and Humbug - Co-writer/artist of ‘Little Annie Fanny”, a cartoon feature for Playboy that ran almost a quarter century

5/21

Mel Casson, 87 - Comic strip artist; several strips between 1948-99: ‘Jeff Crockett’, ‘Sparky’, ‘Angel’, ‘Mixed Singles’, ‘Redeye’

5/22

Harry Lange, 77 - illustrator and production, known for his work on ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ - also contributed to ‘Dark Crystal’ & the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy

6/27

Michael Turner, 37, bone cancer - Artist; drew/co-created ‘Witchblade’ for Top Cow

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Created his own series, ‘Fathom’, in 1998 and started his own company, Aspen, in 2002

8/5

Michael Silberkleit, 76 - chairman of Archie Comics; son of Archie co-founder Louis Silberkleit; worked at Archie for 60 years

8/15

Carlos Meglia, 50, aortic stroke - Argentinian comics artist, working primarily in his native country, then later Spain and in the past two decades for Marvel and DC

9/2

Bill Meléndez, 91 - Animator/director; best known for helming the Peanuts cartoon specials and films

9/26

Raymond Macherot, 84 - Belgian cartoonist, published in the Spirou and Tintin magazines

10/14

Ray Lowry, 64 - English cartoonist, illustrator, and album cover designer

10/20

Mark Buck, motorcycle accident - artist; Samurai Penguin

10/23

Tom Fagan, 76 - fan whose love of comics led him to create an annual super-hero costumed Halloween parade in Rutland, Vermont - the parade, and Fagan, were the subject of several comics in the ‘70s from Marvel, DC and Charlton

12/4

Forrest J. Ackerman, 92 - one of the originators of sci-fi fandom - founder of ‘Famous Monsters of Filmland’ magazine, which he ran from 1958-83

12/11

Bettie Page, 85 - 1950s pin-up model who experienced a resurgence of interest after being featured in ‘The Rocketeer’ comic in the mid-1980s - starred in her own comics from Dark Horse

12/11

Maddie Blaustein, 48 - formerly Adam Blaustein; comics writer – ‘Static’, ‘Hardware’, ‘Legend of the Shield’ - voice of Meowth on the US version of “Pokémon”

12/25

Edd Cartier, 94 - Pulp fiction artist

all Cartier pics from www.shadowsanctum.com

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