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posted Dec 15, 2011, 1:06 PM by Vu Sleeper

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Longtime "Teen Titans" Artist Eduardo Barreto Has Died
by Kevin Melrose, Staff Writer |   Thursday, December 15, 2011 12:30 PM

Eduardo Barreto, the artist best known for his work on DC Comics' "New Teen Titans" in the '80s and, more recently, the "Judge Parker" newspaper strip, has passed away. He was 57.

Although details of his death are still unknown, the Uruguayan artist contracted meningitis last year, forcing him to leave "Judge Parker," which he'd drawn since 2006. King Features had expressed hope that Barreto would fully recover and resume his duties, but he was quickly replaced by Mike Manley. Despite his health problems, Barreto returned to the comics this past July, drawing "The Phantom" Sunday strips.

Born in 1954 in Montevideo, Uruguay, Barreto collaborated with legendary Argentine writer Hector German Oesterheld in the 1970s before making the leap in the '80s to the U.S. market, where he was most closely associated with DC Comics, where he drew such titles "Superman," "Action Comics," "The Shadow Strikes" and "Martian Manhunter." However, it was his extended run on "The New Teen Titans," succeeding fan-favorite artists George Perez and José Luis García-López, that brought him the most attention. Barreto also collaborated with writer James D. Hudnall on "Lex Luthor: The Unauthorized Biography," the 1989 one-shot considered by many fans to be the artist's best work.

Barreto is survived by a son Diego, an artist on BOOM! Studios' "Irredeemable" who filled in for a week on "Judge Parker," and a daughter Andrea, a colorist.

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