Yesterday, I read that Kelly Freas died on Sunday. For those who don’t know him, he was a brilliant SF artist. Here’s one of his most famous creations:
Queen used that pulp cover for the art for one of their albums, which he went ahead and re-painted for them. He was also one of the artists responsible for Mad Magazine’s Alfred E Newman.
Today, I read that Will Eisner passed away. I’m a huge Eisner fan–his textbook on the comic-book genre, Comics and Sequential Art was a major part of my education. He is, of course, best known for his creation of The Spirit:
But his graphic novels, such as A Contract With God were amazing as well–thought-provoking stuff which truly elevated the “comic book” into the realm of literature.
Both men, and their talent, will be missed.