After a long battle with spinal cancer, artist Josh Medors passed away today at 4:00 PM central time. He was 36 years old.
Best known for his work on “Frank Frazetta’s Swamp Demon” and his creator-owned “Willow Creek,” Medors also provided pencils for “G.I. Joe: America’s Elite” published by Devil’s Due Publishing, “30 Days of Night” from IDW and more. Medors was also a talented cover artist, providing covers for “Vengeance of the Moon Knight,” “The Living Corpse: Exhumed” and more.
Medors lived in Pataskala, Ohio during his adult life and worked as a freelance illustrator, having attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where he received an education in Graphic Design, Cell Animation and Illustration. His first published works in comics were pin-ups for various publishers. After meeting “30 Days of Night” creator Steve Niles via Niles’ website, Medors provided art for a number of Niles’ projects including “Think Like a Machine,” “30 Days of Night Annual,” “Dial M For Monster” and “Horrorcide.”
The artist was diagnosed with cancer in 2008 when doctors discovered a rare form of the disease in his spinal column. Medors was a founder of Help for Heroes, an organization founded in partnership with the Hero Initiative during 2009 to help raise funds for comic professionals to aid in their fight against cancer. The organization’s Facebook page had been updating readers and fans on Medors’ progress during a recent surgery to install a shunt in his head to relieve the build-up of fluid.
Josh Medors is survived by his wife, Charlotte and his son, Garth.