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It’s Saturday, yay!  Here’s the news you might have missed including the passage of a legend.

Around the Blogs:

The Source – Gene Colan (1926-2011)

When Comic Books Ruled the Earth – Gene Colan 1926-2011

MTV Geek – A Legend Passes: Comic Book Artist Gene Colan (1926-2011)

Bleeding Cool – The Ken Penders/Archie Comics Lawsuit ContinuesSeems to be a hell of a lot of these going around.

Comicvine – Daredevil Returns To New York This July!Should be interesting….

Bleeding Cool – No Such Word As Superhero – DC’s Retailer Roadshow Hits Baltimore – Collectors Cornered #2Some more info about the DC relaunch/reboot.

Con Coverage:

Bleeding Cool – San Diego Comic Con Exclusive T-Shirts – And Where They Came From

The Beat – SLG to demo digital comics at Comic-Con

Southeast Missourian – In its sixth year, Cape Comic Con continues to grow as it celebrates comics and games

CBR – Marvel Announces Creator Lineup for 2011 New York Comic Con

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The week is up and here’s tons of reviews for you to decide what to pick up this week.

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ICv2 – Filming Begins on ‘The Dark Knight Rises’I’m still waiting for my call as far as my casting…. just saying….

The Beat – Jeffrey Catherine Jones: “The fear has left me”The comic book industry lost a talent yesterday.

Graphic Novel Reporter – American Library Association Annual Conference, June 23-28, 2011Libraries are embracing the comic book format, and the various panels at this upcoming conference shows it.

Around the Tubes Reviews:

IGN – Alpha Flight #0.1

IGN – The Amazing Spider-Man #661

IGN – Astonishing X-Men #38

IGN – The Avengers #13

Comic Book Resources – Avengers #13

IGN – Avengers Academy #14

IGN – Batman #710

IGN – Batman and Robin #23

Graphic Novel Reporter – Cat Eyed Boy, Vol. 2

IGN – DC Universe Online: Legends #8

IGN – DMZ #65

Graphic Novel Reporter – DMZ, Vol. 1: On the Ground

IGN – Fables #105

IGN – G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes #1

IGN – Herc #3

IGN – Hulk #33

IGN – Invincible Iron Man #504

Alternative Magazine Online – Lenore: Cooties

Graphic Novel Reporter – Luthor

Comicsgirl – Mal and Chad Vol. 1: The Biggest, Bestest Time Ever!

IGN – Malignant Man #2

Good Comic Books – Moriarty: The Dark Chamber #1

Ely Standard – Noche Roja

IGN – Rocketeer Adventures #1

Comic Book Resources – Rocketeer Adventures #1

IGN – Sigil #3

IGN – Silver Surfer #4

IGN – Star Wars: Jedi – The Dark Side #1

IGN – Supergirl #64

IGN – T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #7

IGN – Thunderbolts #157

IGN – Ultimate Comics Avengers vs. New Ultimates #4

IGN – Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #158

Graphic Novel Reporter – Unwritten, Vol. 2: Inside Man

Graphic Novel Reporter – The Very Best of Dick Tracy: Bullets, Battles & Bad Guys

IGN – Witchblade #144

IGN – X-Men Giant-Size #1

IGN – X-Men: Prelude to Schism #2

IGN – Comic Book Reviews for 5/18/11

Dwayne McDuffie Remembered

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Yesterday the shocking news of Dwayne McDuffie‘s sudden passing quickly spread throughout the comics industry and beyond.  We thought it best to let the people who knew him best and his fans speak out in their praise through their tweets they posted when learning the news.



Harvey Pekar Has Passed Away

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Harvey PekarHarvey Pekar opened his life to all of us through comic books.  He was one of two comic book legends to come from the “mistake by the lake,” the other being Superman.  His autobiographical comic book series American Splendor chronicled his life, warts and all.  Pekar passed away earlier this morning.

Pekar, 70, was found dead shortly before 1 a.m. today by his wife, Joyce Brabner, in their Cleveland Heights home, said Powell Caesar, spokesman for Cuyahoga County Coroner Frank Miller. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

A Cleveland institution, Pekar began his comics career after being inspired by R. Crumb in 1972 and began to publish annually in 1976.  Crumb described Pekar as “the soul of Cleveland.”

He won the American Book Award in 1987 for American Splendor and was a regular guest on the David Letterman show.  Pekar also won a Peabody Award and saw his life on the big screen in a film adaptation of American Splendor which won the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic films at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.

Cleveland.com has further coverage of the life and times of Harvey Pekar, a true original.

Pekar in a Letterman appearance from July 31, 1987.

Comics Legend Al Williamson Passes

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Word spread throughout the comic community today of the passing of comic book legend Al Williamson at the age of 79.  His career spanned five decades and might be best known for his work on Star Wars comics during the 80’s, having been personally chosen George Lucas due to Williamson’s work on Flash Gordon.

In the 1950’s Williamson illustrated comics for Marvel’s predecessor Timely Comics for series such as Kid Colt and The Ringo Kid.  He also worked for EC on various horror, crime and sci-fi stories.

His last profile comic was in honor of the Sub-Mariner’s 70th anniversary and most recent work included Spider-Girl, Spider-Man 2099, Daredevil and Atomic Age which won him seven Harveys and three Eisners.

Comic Strip Artist Tony DiPreta Has Passed

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Tony DiPreta best known for Joe Palooka and Rex Morgan, M.D., passed away this past Wednesday at the age of 88.  DiPreta died of respiratory and cardiac arrest, according to his son, Richard DiPreta, a Greenwich, CT. attorney.

In a 2007 interview DiPreta said he got into cartooning after reading in The Advocate of Stamford that a cartoonist named Webster made $50,000 a year.  He began his career after high school by working for Quality Comics as a colorist.  He the went on to letter for cartoonist Lyman Young while Young went out to play golf.

He then moved to New York City where he met Stan Lee who then had him ink Porky Pig. From 1945 to 1955 DiPreta worked on Mickey Finn.  In 1959 he began to work on Joe Palooka and eventually Rex Morgan, M.D.

DiPreta is predeceased by his wife of 41 years, Frances DiPreta, who died Sept. 26, 2009. In addition to his son Richard DiPreta, he is survived by brothers Joe DiPreta of North Kingston, R.I., and Leonard DiPreta of Stamford; daughter Janet DiPreta, of Anchorage, Alaska; son Edward DiPreta of St. Simons, Ga.; and grandson Christopher DiPreta.

Frank Frazetta

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Today saw the passing of the great Frank Frazetta at the age of 82 from a stroke.  According to one of his business managers, Rob Pistella, Frazetta fell ill after a Mother’s Day dinner.  Emergency medical services were called and Mr. Frazetta was rushed to the hospital, where he died.

Frazetta broke into the industry draw for comic strips like Al Capp’s Lil’ Abner and comic books like Famous Funnies in the 1940’s and 50’s.  He famously contributed a series of covers depicting Buck Rogers.  In 1952 and 53 he produced his own newspaper strip called Johnny Comet.  In 1964 he drew the poster for the movie What’s New Pussycat? and then went on to depict such characters as Conan and Death Dealer.

His style was unmistakable and there’s many a vans that depict his style on their sides.  His painted covers reach to such heavy metal albums like Molly Hatchet’s Flirtin’ With Disaster and Nazareth’s Expect No Mercy.

Most recently his family was in a dispute over his art legacy and November the cover artwork for Conan the Conqueror went to an unnamed collector for $1 million.

His impact was huge and many of today’s artists were inspired by him.  There was only one Frank Frazetta and he will be missed.

Dick Giordano Passes

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Bob Layton passed on the news.

Dear Friends & Colleagues,
It is my sorrowful duty to announce that legendary artist/editor/entrepreneur Dick Giordano passed away today.
Few could ever hope to match what he accomplished in his chosen profession, or to excel while maintaining great humor, compassion for his peers and an unwavering love for the art form.
His unique vision changed the comic industry forever and all of those who work in the business continue to share in the benefits of his sizable contributions.
I have been honored to call him a business partner, mentor and dear friend throughout the majority of my lifetime.
We will not see his like again.

Bob Layton

Giordano had many roles including editor-in-chief for Charlton oversaw the creation of the Charlton heroes, which he helped bring over to DC Comics when he joined the company.  He also was an inker lending his talents to Crisis On Infinite Earths and working with Neal Adams. He was 77.

Dick Giordano

Barry Blair, Founder of Aircel Comics Passes

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Barry Blair, founder of the comic book company passed away Sunday, January 3 from a brain aneurysm.  After complaining to his friends of an ear ache to his friends he was prescribed medication.  He eventually felt so ill he went to the hospital but it was too late.

Airecel was originally an insulation company and after losing a government contract Barry Blair prodded it into comic book publishing.  The company was known for such comics as Elflord, Samurai and after being a part of Malibu it would create Men in Black.  Blair also worked on numerous Elfquest titles.

Our condolences are with his friends and family.

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