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Comics Legend Al Williamson Dies

You should all be familiar with this man's work.

 Al Williamson (1931-2010)

Over the weekend, the comics industry lost another legend with Al Williamson’s passing. At 79, he’d been retired for several years and his last high-profile comic was a Sub-Mariner short to mark the character’s 70 anniversary last year. Prior to that, his most recent work consisted mostly of inking the likes of SPIDER-GIRL, SPIDER-MAN 2099, DAREDEVIL and the Epic mini-series ATOMIC AGE. That work won him an impressive number of awards, including seven Harveys and three Eisners (the last of which being a Hall of Fame award.)

With a career that spanned five decades, it’s difficult to pick which work of his to highlight - - there’s just so much of it. He was perhaps the definitive STAR WARS comics artist in the 80s, having been personally picked by George Lucas on account of his work on FLASH GORDON. In the 50s, he illustrated a substantial number of Western title like KID COLT and THE RINGO KID for Timely Comics, Marvel’s predecessor, and almost every kind of sci-fi, horror and crime story for EC’s infamous anthologies. He got to return to doing that kind of story in the 70s with a stint on CREEPY for Warren. == TEASER ==

All too often comics fandom can have a short memory. I encourage you to look online and see more of this man’s work. Williamson was a contemporary of Frank Frazetta ( who passed away just a few weeks) and he had a classical rendering style in the same vein as Burne Hogarth and Alex Raymond. Those of you who want to become comics artists yourself would do well to study all these talents’ work. You can't just look at current artists for inspiration, you need to also know the earlier artists who inspired them. And Frank Cho, Jimmy Palmiotti, Dave Gibbons, Tony Harris and Steve Epting (just to name a few) all cite Williamson as influence. 
Here's just a few samples of Williamson's work...

-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Studios and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia. HYBRID BASTARDS! is available  here and UNIMAGINABLE is available here for pre-order on  

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Posted by CaptainUseless

T'is a sad day.

Edited by Timm

Spiderman 2099 is on my list of most under appreciated books as well as my list of favorites.
i'll miss this man. he was an inspiration.

Posted by Decept-O

We're losing too many legends but this must happen.  
RIP to a very talented artist, prayers to his family and friends.
Posted by The_Warlord
@Decept-O said:
" We're losing too many legends but this must happen.  RIP to a very talented artist, prayers to his family and friends. "
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Posted by Mutant X

Rest in peace. You will be missed. :(

Posted by longbowhunter

Anybody know what Daredevil run he was on?
Posted by No_name_here
@longbowhunter:  He was on from, I think, #246 to #300.
Posted by sora_thekey
@Love said:
" @Decept-O said:
" We're losing too many legends but this must happen.  RIP to a very talented artist, prayers to his family and friends. "
Posted by ArtisticNeedham

Sad News.  Rest in Peace Mr. Williamson .

Posted by Gothic Storm

Rest in peace, Al. You were the inspiration of many of today's artists... and you will be missed!

Posted by Krakoa

The comic and art world has lost criminally underrated talent and iconic style. 

Posted by Shatterstar

Oh man, one of the greats RIP.

Posted by MetatronDaDon

RIP his art was very realistic wish i could draw like that

Posted by NightFang


Posted by Comiclove5
@Mutant X said:
"Rest in peace. You will be missed. :( "

Yes he will.
Posted by Omega Ray Jay

Very sad news, RIP

Posted by The Jeff

It's a real bummer that all the greats are passing on.

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Posted by ARMIV

 Another good artist has left us today.
R.I.P. I hope his life was lived well.

Posted by Icon

No surprise, this is one of my favourite examples of his work. 

He will be missed...
Posted by Dark Cell


Posted by RiddlingGambit

a legend has risen to the heavens

Posted by pinchpaker29

R.I.P. God bless you and your family.

Posted by xerox_kitty

Oh, that's so sad.  My sympathies to his family.

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