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Comic Book Creators Who Died in 2017

Inspired by Musicians Who Died in 2017, I will be compiling comic book artists or writers (including manga and comic strips) or comic book-related people (letterers, colorists, editors, etc.) who passed away in 2017. 

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Artists who died in 2017: 47

June (7)

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  • [15 Jun 2017] John Dalmas (American science fiction writer, author of The Yngling and The Regiment series), 90,  pneumonia
  • [13 Jun 2017] Anita Pallenberg (Italian actress on Barbarella), 73,
  • [12 Jun 2017] Jim Galton (CEO of Marvel Entertainment Group), 92, saved Marvel Comics in 1970s
  • [10 Jun 2017] Malang aka Mauro Santos (Filipino artist, cartoonist for Kosme, the Cop, Retired and Tikoy), 89, lingering illness
  • [09 Jun 2017] Adam West (American actor famous for portraying 1960's Batman, played Mayor West on Family Guy), 88, leukemia
  • [05 Jun 2017] James Vance (American writer on Kings in Disguise from Kitchen Sink Comics), 65, cancer
  • [02 Jun 2017] Peter Sallis (English actor of Wallace and Gromit), 96

May (9)

  • [30 May 2017] Albert Deschesne (American comic book letterer at Comicraft), 54, cancer
  • [23 May 2017] Pierre Seron (Belgian comic book artist of Les Petits hommes), 75
  • [23 May 2017] Sir Roger Moore (English actor famous for portraying James Bond), 89, cancer
  • [21 May 2017] Larry Wright (American cartoonist for The Detroit News; author of the comic strips Wright Angles and Kit 'N' Carlyle), 77

  • Rich Buckler
    [19 May 2017] Rich Buckler (American comic book artist Fantastic Four, All-Star Squadron, created Deathlok, got George Perez into the comic book field), 68, cancer
  • [18 May 2017] Oscar González Guerrero (Mexican artist, creator of Hermelinda Linda and Zor y Los Invencibles), 91,
  • [16 May 2017] Edmund Bagwell (British artist for 2000AD), 50, pancreatic cancer
  • [12 May 2017] James Dale Cavanaugh (American owner of Clint’s Comics), killed by thief
  • [01 May 2017] Stanley Weston (creator of action figures, G.I. Joe and ThunderCats), 84, complications from surgery
April (4)
  • [30 Apr 2017] Jidéhem (Belgian comics artist for Sophie), 81
  • [23 Apr 2017] Leo Baxendale (British comics artist for The Bash Street Kids, Minnie the Minx, Little Plum), 86
  • [07 Apr 2017] Yūshi Matsuyama aka Shigeru Matsuyama (Japanese composer for Mobile Suit Gundam), 79, burns
  • [04 Apr 2017] Joe Harris (illustrator behind Underdog and Trix Rabbit), 89,

March (10)

  • Bernie Wrightson, from
    [27 Mar 2017] Leone Cimpellin aka Ghilbert (Italian cartoonist, illustrated Casey Ruggles; co-created satirical comic series Jonny Logan), 90,
  • [26 Mar 2017] Chen Uen (Taiwanese manhua artist of Magical Super Asia, Banzai, The First King; illustrator of Romance of the Three Kingdoms PS2 game series), 58,  heart attack 
  • [22 Mar 2017] Daisuke Satō (Japanese game designer, novelist, and manga writer of Highschool of the Dead), 52, ischemic heart disease
  • [19 Mar 2017] Kazunori Mizuno (Japanese animator for Naruto and Bleach), 52, overworking "karoushi"
  • [18 Mar 2017] Bernie Wrightson (American illustrator and comic book artist of House of Mystery, Swamp Thing), 68, brain cancer
  • [16 Mar 2017] Skip Williamson (American underground comic cartoonist for Snappy Sammy Smoot), 72, organ failure
  • [12 Mar 2017] Murray Ball (New Zealand cartoonist of Footrot Flats), 78, Alzheimer's disease
  • [12 Mar 2017] Stavro Jabra (Lebanese cartoonist), 70,
  • [10 Mar 2017] Bill Leak (Australian editorial cartoonist), 61, heart attack
  • [05 Mar 2017] Dave Hunt (American comic book artist for Legion of Super-Heroes, Supergirl, Transformers), 74, cancer
  • [05 Mar 2017] Jay Lynch (American underground comics artist, writer and editor for Bijou Funnies, Bazooka Joe), 72, complications from lung cancer

February (5)

  • [25 Feb 2017] Neil Fingleton (English actor on Avengers: Age of Ultron), 36, heart attack
  • [25 Feb 2017] James Stevenson (American illustrator and author, cartoonist for New Yorker), 87
  • [13 Feb 2017] Giorgos Ioannou (Greek artist, uses comic book art in Greek's Pop Art movement), 90
  • [11 Feb 2017] Jiro Taniguchi (Japanese manga artist of A Distant Neighborhood), 69
  • [03 Feb 2017] Don Trousdell (American author and illustrator of Dockyard Cats and The Cheating Game), 79

January (12)

  • Dan Spiegle, from
    [28 Jan 2017] Dan Spiegle (American comic book artist of Hopalong Cassidy, Jonah Hex), 96
  • [27 Jan 2017] Bob Holiday (American actor on It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman), 84
  • [25 Jan 2017] Shunji Fujimura (Japanese actor on Death Note), 82, heart failure
  • [25 Jan 2017] Jack Mendelsohn (American cartoonist and screenwriter of Yellow Submarine and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), 90, lung cancer
  • [25 Jan 2017] Mike Peyton (British cartoonist, "The World’s Greatest Yachting Cartoonist"), 96
  • [20 Jan 2017] John Watkiss (British comic artist of Deadman), 55, cancer
  • [19 Jan 2017] Miguel Ferrer (American actor of RoboCop and Teen Titans: Judas Contract), 61, throat cancer
  • [19 Jan 2017] Jan Kruis (Dutch cartoonist for Jack, Jacky and the Juniors), 83
  • [17 Jan 2017] Pascal Garray aka Steven Sterk (Belgian comics artist of Benoît Brisefer, The Smurfs), 51
  • [13 Jan 2017] Dick Gautier (American actor on Transformers), 85
  • [12 Jan 2017] Gerry Gersten (American cartoonist for Mad Magazine), 89, Parkinson's Disease
  • [01 Jan 2017] Alfonso Wong (Hong Kong cartoonist for Old Master Q; creator of Lao Fu Zi comic), 93, organ failure 

Notable Names From Years Past

R.I.P. James Vance
Jun 17, 2017, 9:30 PM

Kings in Disguise #1

James Vance, a former Tulsa World writer, as well as an award-winning graphic novelist and playwright, died June 5.

He was 64.

A private service was held Thursday. Rose Hill Funeral Home handled arrangements.

A longtime Tulsa resident, Vance was perhaps best known outside of Oklahoma for his graphic novels, including the Depression-era “Kings in Disguise” and its sequel “On the Ropes,” both based on plays he had written.

“Kings,” published in 1988, is considered a landmark of the genre. Vance teamed with artist Dan Burr on both novels.

R.I.P. James Galton
Jun 14, 2017, 7:48 AM


James Galton
James Galton, the former president and CEO of Marvel Entertainment Group who is widely credited with saving the famed comic book company from bankruptcy in the 1970s, has died. He was 92.

Galton died Monday surrounded by his family at his home in Naples, Fla., a family spokesman announced.

R.I.P. Rich Buckler
May 22, 2017, 5:35 AM
 by Vu Nguyen

... Aug 1974) Marvel Comics John writes: said Rich Buckler died of cancer.  I saw Buckler and his wife at SpringCon (Minneapolis) years ago, nice guy.  I happened to ... knew that Buckler was the guy that gave George Perez his first professional break.  R.I.P.    George Perez, in an interview in Wizard #35, talked about how he accidentally ...

R.I.P. Gaspar Saladino 
Aug 13, 2016, 4:28 AM by Vu Nguyen

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #277 (Digital) (25 Feb 2016)
DC Comics
Vu writes:

I have just learned that letterer Gaspar Saladino passed away on August 4th, 2016, at the age of 88.  From 1966 to the 1990s, Gaspar lettered most of DC Comics' covers - including logos, titles, captions and balloons.

While there are many people involved in producing a comic book, none were more underappreciated than the letterer (who often went uncredited for their work!).  Rest in peace, Gaspar.

Gene Colan RIP 
Jun 24, 2011, 4:34 PM by Vu Sleeper

From Vu

I just found out that Gene Colan is dead.  You can read more details at ICv2

RIP Mike Esposito
Oct 27, 2010, 8:42 AM by Vu Sleeper

From George Pérez

Sad to hear of the passing of veteran comics inker Mike Esposito. In addition to having inked Ross Andru on one of my favorite childhood series METAL MEN, Mike also inked my very first printed work. He was a nice guy and was very generous to me in my early years in the industry. RIP, Mike.

Frank Frazetta R.I.P.
posted May 11, 2010, 8:37 PM by Vu Sleeper


Frank Frazetta R.I.P.

Published: 05/10/2010, Last Updated: 05/11/2010 03:17am

Frank Frazetta, famed comic artist and illustrator, passed away Monday in Fort Myers, Florida of complications from a stroke.  He was 82.  His influence on pop culture was enormous, with a body of work that spanned multiple media.   

Early in his career he was a comic artist, doing work for EC, among others, with his friend Al Williamson. 


Frazetta also worked on newspaper strips, including Al Capp’s Li’l Abner, Dan Barry’s Flash Gordon, and his own Johnny Comet.

[ Read more Frank Frazetta R.I.P. ]

R.I.P. Dick Giordano
Mar 28, 2010, 9:06 PM by Vu Sleeper


R.I.P. Dick Giordano 
Famed Editor, Artist Passes at 77
Published: 03/28/2010 08:30pm

Famed comic editor and artist Dick Giordano passed away this weekend at the age of 77.  He had been hospitalized for some time due to complications from leukemia.  He leaves behind a nearly 60-year legacy in comics that includes co-founding Continuity Associates with Neal Adams, stints as Editor-in-Chief at Charlton Comics and Executive Editor at DC Comics, and a major body of comic work. 



Giordano’s art may be best remembered for his inking, which included work on such high profile pencillers as Neal Adams, John Byrne, and George Perez.

George Tuska, RIP
Oct 16, 2009, 2:03 PM
 by Vu Sleeper


image George Tuska, RIP
October 16, 2009

this is according to past Tuska spokesperson Dewey Cassell on a relevant yahoo news group 

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