Wearing Superman pajamas and covered with his Batman blanket, comic book illustrator Dave Cockrum died Sunday.Click to see full image of Dave's Classic Xmen cover
The 63-year-old overhauled the X-Men comic and helped popularize the relatively obscure Marvel Comics in the 1970s. He helped turn the title into a publishing sensation and major film franchise.
Cockrum died in his favorite chair at his home in Belton, South Carolina, after a long battle with diabetes and related complications, his wife Paty Cockrum said Tuesday.
At Cockrum's request, there will be no public services and his body will be cremated, according to Cox Funeral Home. His ashes will be spread on his property. A family friend said he will be cremated in a Green Lantern shirt.
I have been a fan of comics since I was a kid. Dave Cockrum was one of my favorite artists. I loved his work on the Legion of Superheroes and of course The Xmen. I think the news is trying to play up how much Dave loved comics by mentioning his pajamas and his blanket. But I think it is kind of sad. I am sure that other bloggers who are more informed on such matters will comment on how Dave created characters that went on to gross millions in comics, merchandise and movies and he had to struggle with finances in his later life. They will compare his situation, I'm sure, to the late Jack Kirby's.
I will just say that Dave had an impact on my life and he will be missed.