"Wizard of Id" co-creator Brant Parker died April 15, 2007 at the age of 86. I had heard the rumor on Sunday, but then the person who told me was interrupted by someone else told me that it was just a rumor -- one that had made the rounds before. Sadly, this time it was true.
Editor & Publisher's Dave Astor writes about him here.
Tom Spurgeon gives a good bio at the Comics Reporter.
Craig Yoe dips into his amazing collection and shares some terrific vintage photos of Parker and Johnny Hart, along with the first week of the "Wizard of Id," at his Arf Lovers Blog.
Above: a 1971 photo of Rod Serling, Johnny Hart and Brant Parker from, of all things, Mr. Serling's site.