Hey ! It's spring! It's all sunny and beautiful!
And the National Cartoonists Society is having its convention in a couple of weeks. One thing that happens over that weekend is the Reuben Awards show.
It's like the Oscars. There's an emcee (in the past years it's been Dan Piraro), there are prizes, a live band, and I have to wear a tux.
One of the events that Reubens evening is a slide show of cartoonists who have passed away since the last Reubens. And so, today, for some reason (i.e., work aversion), I was counting up the names -- all of that I could think of, from the comic book industry to comic strips to animation (as well as a couple of seminal editors) -- and writing down names in a little pad. A couple of these names are industry legends, others are less known.
I thought I'd share the names and some links and graphics. I don't know if it's a complete list, but I hope there are no more names (but please correct me if I missed anyone).
Big hat tips to Mark Evanier and Tom Spurgeon for their blogs!
Here's a list of some of the tremendous talent that's left this Earth in the past 12 months, sorted by the date they passed away:
UPDATE: D.D. Degg let me know there were a number of cartoonists I missed (see his comment below). I can't believe that I missed people like Hilda Terry and Irwin Caplan -- and I even blogged about them. I've added the names to the list and stand, sadly, corrected.
Alex Toth 5/27/06, comic book artist & Hanna Barbera character designer
George Kashdan 6/3/06, writer & editor DC Comics
Tim Hildebrandt 6/11/06, Terry and the Pirates, comic books
Mickey Spillane 7/17/06, comic books, Mike Hammer
Bob McCausland 7/21/06, Hairbreadth Husky, editorial cartoonist
John Bush 7/23/06, Bush League
Bob Thaves, 8/1/06, Frank & Ernest comic strip
Bob Cordray 8/2/06, Smidgens, Alex in Wonderland
John McLusky 9/5/06, James Bond
Ed Sullivan 8/26/06, Priscilla's Pop, Out Our Way
Jerry Belson, 10/10/06 comedy show and comic book writer
Hilda Terry 10/13/06, Teena, magazine cartoonist
Michelle Urry 10/15/06, Playboy magazine cartoon editor
Don R. Christensen 10/18/06, animator & comic book artist
Dave Cockrum 10/26/06, comic book artist
Jack Williamson 11/10/06, Beyond Mars author
Paul Rigby 11/15/06, editorial cartoonist
Jerry Bails 11/22/06, father of comics fandom
Fred Schmidt 11/23/06, Appleton Post-Crescent cartoonist and illustrator
Ben Knight 11/28/06, Newbury News cartoonist
Bill King 12/7/06, Asbury Park Press cartoonist
Martin Nodell 12/9/06, Golden Age comics artist & Green Lantern creator
Robert Schaefer 12/14/06, comic book writer
Joe Gill 12/17/07, comic book writer
Joe Barbera 12/18/06, Hanna Barbera
Jack Burnley 12/19/06, DC artist & Starman creator
Sam Burlockoff 1/3/07, comic book and comic strip artist
Iwao Takamoto 1/8/07, Disney & Hanna Barbera artist
Joe Edwards 2/9/07, Archie Comics Li'l Jinx creator
Bob Oksner 2/18/07, DC Comics artist
Irwin Caplan 2/22/07, magazine cartoonist, newspaper panels
Thomas Stockett 2/21/07, editorial cartoonist
Arnold Drake 3/12/07, DC Comics artist
Jay Kennedy 3/15/07, King Features Editor-in-Chief
Clyde Schmidt 3/20/07, Daily Review sports cartoonist
Marshal Rogers 3/24/07, comic book artist
Johnny Hart 4/7/07 , B.C and Wizard of Id
Frank Chillino 4/9/07, comic art production supervisor at KFS from ca. 1945 - 1990 (retired)
Brant Parker 4/15/07. Wizard of Id
Art Saaf 4/21/07, Golden Age comic book artist