Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Comic Creator Dwayne McDuffie Dies at 49


2/20/1962-2/21/2011
(art by Denys Cowan)

Comic book and television writer Dwayne McDuffie passed away yesterday from complications resulting from surgery. It's a sad day for comic book lovers, Dwayne was an excellent writer and I've enjoyed many of his books and creations including the Milestone line he helped create and his recent runs on Fantastic Four and Justice League. He will be missed. Here's a bio excerpt from ComicBookResources.com:

"In 1993, McDuffie co-founded Milestone Media along with creators Denys Cowan, Michael Davis and Derek T. Dingle. The company's mission statement involved expanding the role of minorities in comics both on the page and off, and they launched (through DC Comics) a line of superheroes that included "Static," "Icon" and Xombi" – all of which McDuffie had a hand in creating.

Over the years, the writer contributed to scores of notable comic book launches and series, always with a keen eye on character, regardless of race. In 2000, his character, Static, made the leap totelevision in the Saturday morning cartoon "Static Shock." In 2003, an episode of the show dealing with gun violence earned the writer the Humanitas Prize.

In recent years, McDuffie pursued dual tracks in animation and comics writing. He served as story editor for the popular "Justice League Unlimited" animated series and wrote a number of DC's recent direct-to-DVD animated films. McDuffie had notable runs on comic series "Fantastic Four" and "Justice League of America," often incorporating Black characters into the core of the fabled franchises."

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