Monday, November 27, 2006

Rest In Peace: Dave Cockrum

Uncanny X-Men 164
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
In very sad news, over at Newsarama it has been reported that Uncanny X-Men artist Dave Cockrum has passed away. For full details, peruse the article there.

Cockrum's art has touched my life, as I know it has touched many of yours. Any fan of the X-Men during the reboot that gave the world Storm, Nightcrawler, and Colossus knows of Cockrum's influence, which has lasted to this day. His renditions of Storm and Nightcrawler have especially stuck with me. To me, his is the definitive vision of those characters.

Cockrum is a legend, and I pray that he is in a better place now, where there is no pain and sorrow. God Speed Mr. Cockrum.


Carl said...

One of the guys from our Read More Comics crew posted about this this morning. I really can't believe it. I think he and Chris Claremont did most of the books I collected in my teen years. What a great loss and my heart goes out to his family and friends...

Heidi Meeley said...

It is hard to believe that an artist that is so cherished by X-Men fans is gone. He will be remembered in comic book history for his contributions, and that is at least a comfort.

It is very sad indeed.

Anonymous said...

It there was real justice in this world Cockrum would have died rich. Just a small percentage from the X men movies would have set him up for life. And it would have been the least he deserved.

Heidi Meeley said...

John- I agree. It is the pits that Cockrum had to have so much struggle financially, and I was so happy when the book came out and I could buy it and at least TRY and help.

As for X-Men movie money, the man should have gotten at least a bit. God knows he is one of the definitive X-Men artists of all time.

It still makes me sad.