Dave Cockrum (1943-2006)
Comic book artist Dave Cockrum passed away at the age of 63 this morning due to complications from diabetes, according to author Clifford Meth. He wrote:
With a heavy heart, I regret to inform you that Dave Cockrum passed away this morning. After a long battle with diabetics and its varied complications, Dave died in his sleep early this morning.
Dave’s many creations—including some of the X-Men’s staple characters—brought tremendous joy to his legion of fans. For three decades, he was a beloved fixture at comics conventions across the country where he would sketch for a pittance and encourage would-be creators. Those of us who knew Dave personally will remember him as one of the sweetest, jovial, most generous individuals in the comics industry. I’ll miss my friend very much.
There are no details of services at this time. Dave asked to be cremated and his widow Paty is burdened with the news, so well wishers are asked not to call. Email can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cockrum is most remembered for designing the “All-New, All-Different” X-Men that debuted in Giant-Size X-Men #1 in the summer of 1975, introducing the world to Storm, Nightcrawler and Colossus. The resurrected X-Men property would continue to grow over the following decades, continually utilizing characters and concepts first established during Cockrum’s run on the ongoing X-Men series. Before making history, he also had a successful tenure on the Legion of Super-Heroes. Tom Spurgeon’s The Comics Reporter has a great obituary/article on Cockrum.