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Stan Lee died on 12 November 2018.

Our most sincere condolences to his family and friends and to all of his fans.

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Kelley Jarvis (born 12 November 1966, USA) is a comics creator who works in comic books, syndicated features, and animation.

She took over the ‘Tom & Jerry’ newspaper strip when she was 18, producing it from 1984 to 1991.

She co-founded Spotlight Comics (1983–1989) with Jim Main (born 23 February 1955) and Richard Maurizio (born 17 June 1962).

There, she created “Samurai Squirrel” (1986) and drew for “Mighty Mouse” (1987). She later worked on “Animaniacs” (DC, 1995)

She founded Jarvis Arts! in the 1990s and continues to design and to create commercial and entertainment art for clients such as Warner Bros. and Hasbro.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/j/jarvis_kelly.htm
Spotlight Comics at Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotlight_Comics
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y83fg5yb

(Jarvis and Maurizio created the cover art on “Samurai Squirrel” #1, Spotlight Comics: September 1986)

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Don Newton (12 November 1934 – 19 August 1984, USA) was a popular comics artist whose career was ended by his untimely death.

His passion for art began when he was young and his earliest publications were in the comics-art fanzines of the 1960s.

In that community, he is remembered for the science-fiction feature ‘The Savage Earth’ which ran in “RBCC” (1968–1970).

In the mid-1970s, his professional career began at Charlton. He drew for the mystery/horror anthology comics and he had a notable run on “The Phantom” (1975–1977).

He then went to DC Comics, drawing ‘Aquaman’ in “DC Special” (1977), in the final issues of “Aquaman” (1978), and in “Adventure Comics” (1979).

He drew the revived series “The New Gods” (1977–1978) and had stories in every issue of the sciece-fiction anthology “Time Warp” (1979–1980).

He fulfilled a childhood dream by drawing Captain Marvel and his famous Family in the ‘Shazam!’ feature in “World’s Finest Comics” (1979–1982).

He drew ‘Batman’ in “Detective Comics” (1978–1984) and in “Batman” (1980–1985). He and writer Dennis O’Neil created the Maxie Zeus character (1979). He drew the first appearance of Jason Todd, who would become Robin (1983).

Newton received the Comic Fan Art Award in 1974 for Favorite Fan Artist.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/n/newton_don.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Newton
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y95qd79m

(Newton and Bob Layton created the cover art on “DC Super Stars” #16 - Star Hunters, DC: September-October 1977)

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Henning Kure (born 12 November 1953, Denmark) is a writer, working in comics, children’s books, film, and theater.

He was one of the founders of Danish comics fandom in the early 1970s. He was an editor at Interpresse (1974–1988), where he nurtured the development of graphic storytelling in the country.

There, he and Arne Stenby created “Valhalla” (1979–2009) with artist Peter Madsen. These stories for younger readers were based on the Elder Eddas. Kure also worked on the 1986 animated adaptation of the series.

His children’s book “Troldehistorien” (1989), also drawn by Madsen, touches on trolls and first love and finding contentment.

He is known in academia for his work on Nordic mythology. He was a contributor to “Old Norse Religion in Long Term Perspectives” (2006) and his “I Begyndelsen var Skriget” (“In the Beginning Was Screaming”, 2010) reinterprets the Eddas without reference to Christian ideas.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/k/kure_henning.htm
At Wikipedia (in Danish) — https://da.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henning_Kure
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/yc839jog
In the IMDb — https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0475656/

(Peter Madsen created the cover art on “Valhalla” #1 - Ulven er løs, Interpresse: September 1979)

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Part of the Nathan Hales's Hazardous Tales series of historical non-fiction graphic novels for younger readers, Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood tells the story of World War I.

https://www.comics.org/issue/1324379/

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Susan Daigle-Leach (born 11 November 1960, USA) is a prolific comics colorist and a fine artist.

She is known for her coloring at Gladstone Publishing (1987–1998) and Gemstone Publishing (2003–2008) on Disney comics. She colored the entirety of the “Carl Barks Library in Color” (Gladstone, 1991–1996).

Fellow comics colorist Gary Leach (born 17 May 1957) is her husband. Her early work is credited to ‘Susan Daigle’.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Daigle-Leach
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/yctdsn5d

(Daan Jippes created and Daigle-Leach colored the cover art on “Gladstone Comic Album” #14 - Uncle Scrooge, Gladstone: March 1989)

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Dave Cockrum (11 November 1943 – 26 November 2006, USA) was a comics creator who began his professional career in the early 1970s, after publishing in fanzines in the 1960s.

He is particularly known for his work on two features. The first was the ‘Legion of Super-Heroes’ (DC, 1972–1974), then running in “Superboy”. His dozen stories left a lasting mark on the feature, especially his new uniform designs.

The other was the ‘New X-Men’ (Marvel, 1975–1978, 1981–1982), which he co-created with Len Wein. He designed new uniforms for the original members and co-created new members Colossus, Nightcrawler, and Storm.

He also published in other titles at DC and Marvel, and at other companies. His science-fiction creation “The Futurians” began as a Marvel Graphic Novel (1983), was continued in comics at Lodestone (1985–1986), and was completed and collected at Eternity (1987).

He had a long run on “Soulsearchers and Company” (Claypool, 1995–2000), where he was inked primarily by Jim Mooney.

Cockrum received an Inkpot Award at San Diego in 1982.

Comics creator Paty Cockrum (born 31 January) was his wife and the Dave & Paty Cockrum Scholarship was established at the Kubert School in 2008.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/cockrum_dave.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Cockrum
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/ya9g2x7f

(Cockrum created the cover art on “Superboy” #199, DC: November 1973, with Nick Cardy inks on Superboy)

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Charley's War was a British comic strip mainly about the First World War, written mostly by Pat Mills and drawn by Joe Colquhoun. It was originally published in Battle Picture Weekly from January 1979 to October 1986.

Described by Andrew Harrison as "the greatest British comic strip ever created", Charley's War tells the story of an underage British soldier called Charley Bourne. Charley joins the British Army during World War I at the age of 16, and is quickly thrust into the Battle of the Somme.

The strip follows Charley's life in the trenches and his experiences during the war. Colquhoun put a meticulous level of research into the already well-researched scripts which Mills provided. The strip rarely flinched from providing an extremely frank portrayal of the horrors of war, so much so that in some later reprintings some of the artwork was censored. Mills added a political slant in the strip not seen in British war comics and avoided the standard heroics common in war comics generally.

The strip followed Charley through to the end of the war and through into the invasion of Russia in 1919. However, in January 1985, Mills quit the strip before being able to complete the story (he intended the story to end in 1933, with Charley on the dole as Hitler is made Chancellor of Germany) due to a dispute over his research budget.

Episodes of Charley's War were reprinted in the Judge Dredd Megazine (#211–244, in 2003–2006). The whole series was collected in ten graphic novels by Titan Books between 2004 and 2013. Rebellion's Treasury of British Comics imprint began a new series of graphic novels in 2018.

Charley's War: https://www.comics.org/feature/name/Charley's%20war/sort/chrono/

https://www.comics.org/series/60316/covers/

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It Was the War of the Trenches (original title: C'était la guerre des tranchées) is a 1993 graphic novel by Jacques Tardi about World War I. It is acclaimed as one of his best works and received praise from Art Spiegelman and Joe Sacco. Paul Gravett listed it in his 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die.

The novel is a series of anecdotal stories set in the trenches of World War One. Many are based on stories Tardi remembered from his grandfather, who was a veteran of that war, and books he read about the topic. The stories focus on the daily horrors and injustices soldiers experienced. The comic has a clear anti-war theme, reflecting the soldiers who are permanently physically and psychologically scarred and the numerous who died for a seemingly pointless cause, which are portrayed in brutal graphic detail.

Tardi published another two-volume graphic novel about World War I named Putain de Guerre (2008, translated as Fuck this War!).

An English translation was published in RAW and Drawn and Quarterly in the 1990s. In 2010 it was translated in English as It Was the War of the Trenches and published by Fantagraphics. It won two Eisner Awards for Best Reality-Based Work and Best U.S. Edition of International Material.

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Bernd Pfarr (11 November 1958 – 6 July 2004, Germany) was a comics creator whose career began in the late 1970s.

His first solo album, “Bernd Pfarr”, appeared in 1984 and he released more than a dozen others before his untimely death. Some were collaborations, most were solo.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/p/pfarr_bernd.htm
In the GCD — https://tinyurl.com/y894lchk

(Pfarr created the cover art on “Hinz & Kunz” #1, Winfried Secker and Bernd Pfarr: 1978)

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