Until the Bitter End [Pablo]
“Graphic Novel” illustrator Dave Cockrum wasn’t just drawing the dream, he lived it, all the way down to his Underoos.
By KATRINA A. GOGGINS
The Associated Press
Tuesday, November 28, 2006; 6:01 PM
COLUMBIA, S.C.—Comic book illustrator Dave Cockrum, who in the 1970s overhauled the X-Men and helped popularize the relatively obscure Marvel Comics title into a publishing sensation and eventually a major film franchise, died Sunday. He was 63.
In his Superman pajamas and with his Batman blanket, Cockrum died in his favorite chair at his home in Belton, S.C., early Sunday morning. He had suffered a long battle with diabetes and related complications, his wife, Paty, said Tuesday.
Cockrum and Wein took the existing comic, added their own heroes and published “Giant-Size X-Men No. 1” in 1975. Many signature characters Cockrum designed and co-created _ such as Storm, Mystique, Nightcrawler and Colossus _ went on to become part of the “X-Men” films starring Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry.
Cockrum received no movie royalties, said family friend Clifford Meth, who organized efforts to help Cockrum and his family during his protracted medical care.
“Dave saw the movie and he cried _ not because he was bitter,” Meth said. “He cried because his characters were on screen and they were living.”
It was Halle Berry that got me.
Meth said Cockrum, who will be cremated in a Green Lantern shirt, will be remembered as “a comic incarnate.”
“He had a genuine love for comics and for science fiction and for fantasy, and he lived in it,” Meth said. “He loved his work.”
Rest in Peace, Dave. Up, up and away!