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AICN COMICS 8th ANNUAL @$$IE AWARDS: Day Three—In Memoriam…Prof. Challenger remembers comics greats who passed in the last year...

2/8/12AICN COMICS 8th ANNUAL @$$IE AWARDS: Day Three—In Memoriam…Prof. Challenger remembers comics greats who passed in the last year...

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@ 8th ANNUAL @$$IE AWARDS! @

Welcome, all, to the 8th Annual AICN COMICS @$$IE AWARDS, where comics’ best and brightest are recognized for stellar (and sometimes not so stellar) performances in comic bookdom. I’m Ambush Bug. There was a time when we could fit all of the @$$ies into one lengthy column, but the @$$Holes’ ranks have grown too big for that, so for the next week, the @$$Holes will be presenting their picks for the best of the best in comics. Most awards are given around the turn of the year, but we think ours is special, so while those outside of the know celebrate the time of the Oscar, we here at AICN COMICS celebrate the time of the coveted @$$ie Award.

This time around we are looking back on some of the greats in comics who have fallen in the last year. Professor Challenger does a fantastic job year after year of honoring those who have passed too soon. So I’ll pass the mic over to Prof to present…



Look for our fourth and final day of the @$$ie Awards tomorrow!

Editing, compiling, imaging, coding, logos & cat-wrangling by Ambush Bug
Proofs, co-edits & common sense provided by Sleazy G

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  • Feb. 8, 2012, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Holy Crud!

    by Righteous Brother

    I didn't realise Les Daniels was dead, what a great shame. I've got many books by him, and enjoyed getting a new one each Christmas. RIP.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Well done. This is a very nice tribute.

    by Mickster_Island

    Anyone else think Jeff Alexander was cosplayin as the 5th Doctor?

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 11:06 a.m. CST

    If anyone knows of any glaring omissions from the list...

    by Prof

    ...please share them. I did my best, but may have missed some. And thanks for the comments.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Didn't know about Barreto....

    by MonkMayfair

    Always loved his work, his Shadow and Elseworlds stuff were top-notch. Very sad....

  • When I found that, I replaced the photo I had of Jones because, to me, Netzer's portrait captured her essence better than any photo.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 11:21 a.m. CST


    by bob_uzumaki

    died this year? Oh my god.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Speaking of Uncle Pai

    by Prof

    Best info I found stated that he was still selling somewhere around 3 million comic books a month when he passed. A MONTH!

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 1:22 p.m. CST

    A lot of comicbook greats passed in 2011 --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- I thought the full page tribute ad DC put out for Mick Anglo was real classy. Bareto and Colan were personal favorite creators of mine.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST


    by MooseMalloy

    I'll have to dig out those ATARI FORCE issues.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Gene Colan: Gentleman, Legend, Humility Personified

    by Read and Shut Up

    I actually had a fantastic email discussion with Mr. Colan a few years back. We must've exchange 20 or so emails about the changing face of comics and how art, even when used to make money, ISN'T selling out. He was really humble and kind, answered all of my questions about TOD and DD and made ME feel like the important person. His art was amazing - even in a panel with two people talking it was fluid and MOVING. His passing was truly heartbreaking and a great loss for old-school comic book collectors like me.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST


    by 3774

    ...I haven't thought of Atari Force in....forever. I miss Dart. I wonder if a trade exists. I've never heard of Space Family Robinson before, despite reading a fair share of Gold Key comics. I have to check out the Dark Horse hardcovers. At least their work will live on.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Dan Spiegle did art on a bunch of SPACE FAMILY ROBINSON

    by Prof

    ...and it's pretty fun, albeit quite dated, stuff.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 6:11 p.m. CST

    I wonder if DC could reprint the ATARI FORCE comics

    by Prof

    ...and just pull a little art fix-up to remove the Atari logo from the uniforms and reintroduce this excellent series to the public with a new title.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Great job prof

    by HiWayRobry

    I actually miss Wizard Magazine. There aren't any good comic/geek magazines anymore. I know I'm a luddite, but I prefer a magazine in my hand rather than reading articles on the internet. AICN being the exception, of course!

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Yeah, but....

    by 3774

    ...I *looooove* and own a ton of 50's sci fi. Retro and dated is how I like to roll.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Then you should LOVE the Space Family Robinson comics

    by Prof

    No joke.

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Yeah, we lost some true pioneers within the industry last Year.

    by Stalkeye

    Dwyanne Mcduffle: I had the honor of running into him over a decade ago when a Friend of mine worked for Milestone. A nice guy and not to mention that he is mostly responsible for the success of The Justice League Unlimited Animated series along Bruce Timm. His talent shall be sorely missed. Gene Colan: Not only was he responsible for creating Blade, but it was his idea to introduce The Falcon in Captain America. Perhaps the first Blac/White superheo team in Comicdom. Oh, and his Dracula was classic. Joe Simon: The co creator of one of the greatest Superheroes ever!! (That's right fuckers, I said it.) Glad he at least lived to see his creation on the Silver screen and I'm sure he was impressed with the results. Rest in peace.

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Wasn't Jack Adler Howard Stern's Cousin?

    by Stalkeye

    I heard Stern mention his name a few times on his radio show. had no idea he passed.

  • Nice to see the artist who is doing the new NIGHT FORCE is paying homage to Gene's style.

  • Feb. 11, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST

    I mentioned NIGHT FORCE in my Colan listing.

    by Prof

    It's my all-time favorite Marv Wolfman-written series and one of my favorite series of all time. It will be the one DC comic this year that I will definitely purchase.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Great talents provided good childhood memories

    by blueant

    While I never saw all the faces behind the stories, I do recognize their work.