Co-creator of the new X-Men in the 70’s passes away

Comic Book News | Nov 27th, 2006

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Family friend announces death of New X-Men co-creator – and creators reflect on his legacy…
By Matt Powell

Posted November 27, 2006 11:45 AM

Comic-book legend and visionary artist Dave Cockrum, 63, passed away in his sleep yesterday morning.

Clifford Meth, a close family friend of the Cockrums, announced the death of Cockrum yesterday.

“With a heavy heart, I regret to inform you that Dave Cockrum passed away this morning,” said Meth. “After a long battle with diabetes and its varied complications Dave died in his sleep early this morning. Dave’s many creationsincluding some of the X-Men’s staple charactersbrought tremendous joy to his legion of fans. For three decades, he was a beloved fixture at comics conventions across the country where he would sketch for a pittance and encourage would-be creators. Those of us who knew Dave personally will remember him as one of the sweetest, jovial, most generous individuals in the comics industry. I’ll miss my friend very much.”

Cockrum’s legacy is perhaps best recognized by his co-creation of the new X-Menincluding Storm, Nightcrawler and Colossusfrom Giant-Sized X-Men #1.

“There are no details of services at this time,” said Meth. “Dave asked to be cremated, and his widow Paty is burdened with the news, so well-wishers are asked not to call. Email can be sent to: [email protected]