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…
British comics artist and illustrator, best known for her work on girls comics such as Misty.
British cartoonist, regular contributor to Punch magazine and script writer with MAC to Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise.
• Official web site: http://cooksonscartoons.com
US cartoonist, illustrator and puzzle designer who worked as the editorial cartoonist for the Sonoma Index-Tribune, a California newspaper, for more than 25 years and was Charles M. Schultz’s inspiration for the name of his Peanuts character, Linus Van Pelt.
Swiss comics artist who wrote and drew for Germans comics.
Official site: hansrudiwaescher.de (in German)
US cartoonist, best known for his work on the strip Mark Trail, originally crated by Ed Dodd
• Here’s a link to his obituary at the National Cartoonists Society
Nationally syndicated US comic strip artist and cartoonist, primarily known for his work in National Lampoon and Mad, where he was a member of “The Usual Gang of Idiots.”
• Here’s a link to his obituary on legacy.com
• Official web site: www.caldwellcartoons.com
Sometimes credited as Pat Gabriele or Pasquale D. Gabriel, Angel Gabriele was a US comic book artist and publisher, best known for the comic book adaptation of the Space Giants, and a professional wrestling manager and promoter, renowned for his role as the Dark Angel.
Greek cartoonist and caricaturist, known for his many editorial cartoons in various Greek daily newspapers across several decades.
British comic creator, animator and illustrator, creator of Dominator and artist on numerous British comics.
British artist, perhaps best known to downthetubes readers for his Commando covers, but was an innovative artist whose covers for publishers such as Marvel and a wide variety of book publishers are highly regarded, making him one of the most beloved and collected comic artists.
Scott Goodall MBE
British comics writer, whose many credits included the World War Two incarnation of “Charley’s War”, “Janus Stark” and “Fishboy”
US comic artist whose credits include Fantastic Four, Superman and The Phantom.
Jok Richard Church
US cartoonist who created the Universal Press Syndicate syndicated comic strip “You Can With Beakman and Jax”, later adapted into the TV series Beakman’s World. At the peak of its popularity in the 1990s, it was seen in nearly 90 countries around the world.
He created the comic strip in 1991 for his local newspaper in Marin County, California, inspired by a stint answering kids’ letters for Lucasfilm. It was the first ever syndicated newspaper comic drawn and distributed by computer, a Macintosh SE.
• Official site: http://makemagic.org
An Italian comic book artist and illustrator, who co-created and the comic book Zagor with the writer Sergio Bonelli.
Paul Fung Jr.
A US cartoonist who drew the Blondie comic book for 40 years, the son of Paul Fung, a cartoonist who drew the comic strip Dumb Dora for several years.
An American cartoonist and playwright most closely associated with the magazine The New Yorker. Hamilton was noted for his wit and irony and for presenting his characters, most often examples of modern, affluent types, with distinctive “ski-jump” noses noted for a peculiar shape that has become a sort of unofficial trademark.
Hamilton’s interest in cartooning was sparked by stacks of European magazines found in a house he inherited from an uncle.
Belgian comic-book writer and artist, best known for his dark fairytales and watercolour drawings.
Dick Hodgins, Jr.
US cartoonist whose work included illustration, comic strips, and political cartoons. Hodgins worked full-time preparing and renovating the end-product art of Dik Browne’s popular comic strip “Hagar the Horrible” and continued to create editorial cartoons for several Connecticut newspapers along with the occasional advertising assignment.
Toms (V.T. Thomas)
Hailing from from Kerala, India “Toms” created the cartoon characters Boban and Molly.
Franklyn Bruce aka “Frank” Modell
A US cartoonist who contributed over 1400 cartoons to The New Yorker during a period of over 50 years from 1946.
Canadian Eisner Award-winning comic book writer, artist, cartoonist, and animator, known for his work on the comic books Catwoman, DC: The New Frontier, The Spirit, and Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter.
US cartoonist, best known as the creator of two comic strips, Miss Peach (1957–2002) and Momma (1970–2016). For his comic strip Pauline McPeril (a 1966-69 collaboration with Jack Rickard), he used the pseudonym Fulton, which is also the name of a character in his first novel, The Boss Is Crazy, Too.
Gil Page, an editorial stalwart of Amalgamated Press, Fleetway, IPC and latterly Egmont, as that company’s Managing Editor, remembered fondly for his affable nature and globe trotting by colleagues. But he was also a tremendous help to many fans keen to know more about the history of British comics, including Steve Holland, Roy of the Rovers archivist Mark Towers, Ian Wheeler, who edited Eagle Flies Again, and Hibernia Comics’ David McDonald.
Stewart Perkins (WR Logan)
An unsung hero of British comics – and particularly 2000AD
The British small press lost one of its most hardworking and consistent artists in May.
French political cartoonist known professionally as Siné, his work noted for its anti-capitalism, anti-clericalism, anti-colonialism, anti-semitism, and anarchism.
US cartoonist most noted for his work in the comic books industry. From 1971 until 1985 he was a top editor at Charlton Comics, where he also became the long-time regular artist on Popeye comic books.
British comics designer and letterer.
Geneviève Castrée Elverum
Canadian cartoonist, illustrator, and musician from Quebec who once recorded under the name Woelv and later switched to Ô PAON.
• Official site: www.opaon.ca
Janine “Nine” Culliford
Belgian colourist of comic strips who came up with the idea for the Smurfs being blue, created by her husband Peyo (the pseudonym of Pierre Culliford, who died in 1992). She coloured his illustrations up until his death.
After the death of her husband, she continued to colour the comic strips produced by the studio founded by her son Thierry, continues his father’s work.
John Burton “Jack” Davis, Jr.
US cartoonist and illustrator, known for his advertising art, magazine covers, film posters, record album art and numerous comic book stories. He was one of the founding cartoonists for Mad in 1952.
Frank William Huline-Dickens
British cartoonist, best known for his award-winning strip “Bristow”, which ran for 51 years in the Evening Standard and was syndicated internationally.
The Guinness World Records notes “Bristow” was the longest running daily cartoon strip by a single author.
A German comic writer.
Howard Shaw McCutcheon
US editorial cartoonist.
Perhaps best known for co-writing “Third World War” with Pat Mills for Crisis, Alan’s death at just 55 came as a tremendous shock to both family and friends. He was an inspirational mentor to many young comic creators.
A Spanish comic book writer who created and wrote the series Capitán Trueno, El Jabato and Dani Futuro, drawn by Carlos Giménez) and El Cosaco Verde and El Corsario de Hierro, Chroniques de l’innomé Collection Pilote, drawn by Luis García.
Argentinian cartoonist, painter, and sculptor.
Comics designer and comics archivist, and a contributor to both downthetubes and Eagle Times.
Richard Church Thompson
US illustrator and cartoonist best known for his syndicated comic strip Cul de Sac and the illustrated poem “Make the Pie Higher”. He was given the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year for 2010.
• Official blog: richardspooralmanac.blogspot
An American letterer and logo designer who worked for more than 60 years in the comic book industry, mostly for DC Comics. Eventually Saladino went by one name, “Gaspar,” which he wrote in his trademark calligraphy.
From 1966 to the 1990s he lettered many of the logos, titles, captions and balloons on DC Comics covers. and was also “page-one letterer” for many Marvel Comics books in the 1970s.
Thierry “Ted” Benoit
A French comics artist, graphic novelist and prominent figure in the stylish Franco-Belgian ligne claire comics scene in the 1980s. whose works include Bingo Bongo et son Combo Congolais, a series about aspiring novelist Bingo B. Bongo and his travails; and Ray Banana, a film noir pastiche. Some of these were published in English in Heavy Metal.
Benoit illustrated two books in the Blake and Mortimer series, both written by Jean Van Hamme: The Francis Blake Affair, in 1996; and The Strange Encounter, in 2001.
Wilfred “Wilf” Hardy
British artist whose paintings appeared in 1950s Eagle Annuals as well as aviation magazines and airshow brochures but who is best known in comics circles for his many contributions to Look and Learn and Speed and Power magazines.
Jack Thomas Chick
US American cartoonist and publisher, best known for his evangelical fundamentalist Christian “Chick tracts”, which presented his controversial perspective on a variety of issues through sequential-art morality plays.
He accused Roman Catholics, Freemasons, Muslims, Jews and many other groups of murder and conspiracies and his comics have been described by Robert Ito, in Los Angeles magazine, as “equal parts hate literature and fire-and-brimstone sermonising”.
A gifted and much-loved British comic artist, 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 Hulk Weekly and Doctor Who Weekly in the 1970s and early 1980s.
US comic book writer, and the publisher of Caliber Comics, an independent comic book company that released 1300 titles in the 1990s and published early work by many popular creators.
Reed wrote over 200 comics and graphic novels, sometimes under assumed names (including Kyle Garrett, Brent Truax, and Randall Thayer). He was also Vice President of McFarlane Toys when the company launched in 1993. His comics writing credits include Saint Germaine, Baker Street and Deadworld. In addition to comics, Reed wrote a role-playing game for Palladium and wrote some of the storyline scenarios for Final Fight: Streetwise for Capcom.
Robert Maxwell Weber
US cartoonist, known for over 1400 cartoons that appeared in The New Yorker from 1962 to 2007. He worked as a fashion illustrator for Harper’s Bazaar and other magazines before becoming a cartoonist.
British artist for Eagle, drawing “Luck of the Legion”, and Ladybird Books illustrator.
A US cartoonist, best known for his Sam and Silo comic strip and his work on Beetle Bailey. Dumas was also a writer and essayist, and a columnist for Greenwich Time who reached millions of readers through his adept observations of the foibles and flaws of human nature.
• Read his obituary on Greenwich Time here
British comic artist,” Johnny Cougar”, “Billy’s Boots” and “Dan Dare”.
One of Belgium’s most highly-regarded and best-known cartoonists, known for his comic The Adventures of Nero and Co., but who also created gag comics like Piet Fluwijn en Bolleke, De Lustige Kapoentjes, Doris Dobbel, Oktaaf Keunink and De Ronde van Frankrijk.
Peter van Straaten
A Dutch cartoonist and comics artist best known for his political cartoons as well as his satirical observations of everyday people. He also had a newspaper comic strip Vader & Zoon, which ran in Het Parool for almost two decades.
• Official site: petervanstraaten.nl (in Dutch)
I Am Not There
Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.