Wednesday, November 29, 2006
RIP, Dave Cockrum
I figure everyone else has done a comic-themed post... Why not?
I just wish mine was under happier circumstances.
If you've seen any of the X-Men movies, you've enjoyed his work without knowing it. In 1975, Dave Cockrum, along with writer Len Wein, revived and reinvented a failed Marvel Comics franchise from the 1960's called "X-Men". In doing so, he created a handful of characters that live on today in comic books and movies. Without his work, there might have been no Mystique, no Storm, no Nightcrawler, and no Colossus as featured in the recent X-Men trilogy.
He passed away after a long illness earlier today at age 63... Wearing a pair of Superman pajamas. A family friend told CNN that he made it clear that he wishes to be cremated while wearing a Green Lantern t-shirt.
The best quote from the article about his death on CNN:
Cockrum received no movie royalties, said family friend Clifford Meth, who organized efforts to help Cockrum and his family during his protracted medical care.
"Dave saw the movie and he cried -- not because he was bitter," Meth said. "He cried because his characters were on screen and they were living."