As reported earlier today by Clifford Meth, legendary comic book artist Dave Cockrum passed away this morning due to complications from diabetes. He was 63.
Mr. Cockrum was best known for his work on "Legion of Super-Heroes" and "Uncanny X-Men," though his route to comic books wasn't as direct as one might imagine. The artist first spent six years in the United States Navy before finding employment at Warren Publishing. He soon became an assistant to inker Murphy Anderson, which soon brought Dave Cockrum into the orbit of Superboy & The Legion of Superheroes. His work on "Legion" in the seventies, re-designing the costumes and aesthetic of the series, remains a highpoint in the popular superteam's history. Later, teamed with Len Wein and Chris Claremont, the artist redefined the X-Men at Marvel Comics in "Uncanny X-Men" and "Giant Size X-Men."
Meth, a close family friend and the man behind the Dave Cockrum tribute book, explained, "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"
Comic Book Resources offers its condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Cockrum.