Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Steve Gerber, 1947-2008

Steve Gerber, the creator of Howard the Duck and Omega the Unknown, died Sunday, and the comics world lost one of the more original mainstream writers to come along in decades.

In addition to being an inarguably excellent writer who time and time again smuggled originality into mainstream publishing institutions often resistant to unbridled voices, Steve was an inspiration to innumerable creators, through his battles for creative rights and ownership. I received the news of his death as I was handing in the final files for Omega the Unknown issue six, and was concretely reminded how much he's influenced a generation of authors in love with this medium and its possibilities.

He will be missed, and my thoughts and condolences go to his family and friends.

A far more in-depth examination of his career can be found on The Comics Reporter and some of his fans' and friends' reactions and support can be found on Steve's blog.

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