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Leo Baxendale Remembered, by Beano artist Nigel Parkinson

Eagle Eye and Grimly Feendish from Wham!

The first name I recognised in comics was Leo Baxendale, who signed his name on the front cover of WHAM! In 1964. Until earlier this month, he was still my favourite living cartoonist. In the 1950s he gave us Little Plum, Minnie the Minx, The Bash Street Kids and The Banana Bunch, still amongst the very top drawer of comic creations, ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Leo Baxendale

A montage of Leo Baxendale's work, including part of his self portrait

Just days after posting an “In Praise of… Leo Baxendale” feature, focusing on his later, creator-owned material, we’re sorry to report his passing. I know this is a loss is going to hit a lot of my friends hard, especially those who know or worked with him, such as Tony Bennett at Knockabout, or Joe Gordon at Forbidden Planet International, with whom he ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Comics Archivist and Educator Nik Pollard

Artist Steve Marchant recalls the life and work of Nik Pollard, who along with others strove to give the comics form rightful study in the UK – and was a generous benefactor to London’s Cartoon Museum… Nik Pollard, lifelong comics fan and unsung pioneer in the exhibition of comic art in the UK, passed away recently at the age of ... Read More »

In Memoriam and Celebration: Comic Artist Bernie Wrightson 

Bernie Wrightson

We’re sorry to report the passing of US comic artist Bernard Albert “Bernie” Wrightson, sometimes credited as Berni Wrightson, after a battle with brain cancer. The news was shared on his web site by his wife, Liz Wrightson. He was 68. He is perhaps best known for co-creating DC Comics  Swamp Thing with writer Len Wein, his Frankenstein illustration work, and for his ... Read More »

Tributes to comics artist John Watkiss, who has died, from fellow creators and fans

A beautiful John Watkiss painting done as part of a pitch for a series of Sandman movies, in about 2005, posted in an online tribute to John by author Neil Gaiman

I’m sorry to report the passing of the hugely/talented British film and comics artist John Watkiss, whose most recent comics work was Surgeon X from Image. He was 55. A very private man, he had been ill for some time. Regular readers will have already read our tribute to his work in the  fields of both art and comics, posted ... Read More »

Lest We Forget: Comic Creators We Lost in 2016

Darwyn Cooke

While there’s been much to celebrate in 2016 when it comes to our industry, we couldn’t let the year pass without noting some of those involved now sadly no longer with us, including one of our very own contributors. So raise a glass or two (alcoholic or otherwise) to these fine folk we lost this year… January 2016 Shirley Bellwood British ... Read More »

In Memoriam: “Billy’s Boots” and “Jet-Ace Logan” Comic Artist John Gillatt

A page of "Billy's Boots" by John Gillatt from Lion and Tiger, 28th September 1985.

Former Fleetway editor Barrie Tomlinson pays tribute to John Gillatt, the artist best known for his work on strips such as “Billy’s Boots”, “Black Archer” and “Jet-Ace Logan” (for Comet and Tiger), who we have just learned died in November… I was devastated to hear that my old friend John Gillatt had passed away in November, at the age of ... Read More »

In Memoriam: “Luck of the Legion” and Ladybird Books artist Martin Aitchison

A panel from the Eagle strip "Luck of the Legion" by Geoffrey Bond and Martin Aitchison

We’re sorry to report the passing of Martin Aitchison, artist on Eagle‘s  “Luck of the Legion“, “Danger Unlimited“, “The Lost World” and “Hornblower“, who died peacefully on 22nd October 2016, aged 96. Martin also illustrated a large number of Ladybird Books from 1963 onwards until 1987. His final work was the cartoon strip “Justin Tyme Ye Hapless Highwayman“, written by Geoffrey ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Comic Artist Steve Dillon, A True Legend of Comics

Brett Ewins, Jamie Hewlett and Steve Dillon in the Deadline office in 1988. Photo courtesy Steve Cook / National Portrait Gallery

We’re very sorry to report the passing of gifted and much-loved comic artist Steve Dillon, a renowned talent rightfully described by Jamie McElvie as “a true legend of comics“, perhaps best known internationally for his run on DC Comics Hellblazer and as co-creator of Preacher, both published by Vertigo Comics, but for British fans captured the hearts of many with his work on ... Read More »

Tributes paid to US cartoonist Jack Davis

Jack Davis art for the book The Collector’s Guide to Monster, Science Fiction, and Fantasy Film Magazines by Bob Michelucci, published in 1988

We’re sorry to report that legendary US cartoonist Jack Davis has died, aged 91 – one of the founders of MAD magazine and certainly one of the best-known and recognisable cartoonists in the world. “Our hearts are broken,” a spokesperson for the Jack Davis Foundation commented. “He was a giant.” A cartoonist from a very early age, his first published ... Read More »

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