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2018: The Dearly Departed

 

This is an installment of 2018 Newspaper Comics: Debuts, Departures, and the Dearly Departed.
(part 1: Debuts – – part 2: Departures – – part 3: Dearly Departed – – part 4: Detours)

 

2018 – The Dearly Departed
These U. S. newspaper and magazine cartoonists died in 2018.
note: I usually only include creators who have contributed to newspapers or magazines,
but a few comic book creators I grew up reading have died this year and are included.

 

CHARLES RODGER (HAP) HAZARD
May 29, 1947 – January 23, 2018
newspaper illustrator
Baltimore Sun 1969 – 1998
(Washington Times’) Insight Magazine 1998 – 2002

 

 


MORTON ADDISON (MORT) WALKER
September 3, 1923 – January 27, 2018
magazine cartoonist, humor magazine editor
comic strips:
Lime Juicers
Beetle Bailey
Hi and Lois
Mrs. Fitz Flats
Sam’s Strip
Boner’s Ark
Sam And Silo
The Evergreens
Gamin and Patches
Betty Boop and Felix

 

 

MICHAEL LAWRENCE FLEISHER
November 1, 1942 – February 2, 2018
comic book historian, comic book writer
comic strip: Little Orphan Annie 1973-74

 

 


HOWARD P. SPARBER
January 23, 1921 – February 25, 2018
artist, illustrator, magazine cartoonist
comic strips:
Barnaby (assistant) 1944
Timmy
Hank’s Dream World
Craz and Jax
The Byrd House
Trix of the Trade

 

 

 


WILLAIM G. (BILL) LIGNANTE
March 20, 1925 – February 27, 2018
comic book artist, court sketch artist, animation design and layout
comic strips:
Will Wynn
Red Ryder
Ozark Ike
The Phantom
Let’s Explore Your Mind

 

 

RICHARD RONALD (DICK) STUBLER
July 19, 1931 – March 7, 2018
outdoor magazine cartoonist:
Virginia Wildlife, Simply Fishing Magazine, more)

 

 

ROBERT JOSEPH (BOB) BEDARD
1950 – March 7, 2018
political activist for editorial cartoonists

 


JON CHARLES (TOSH) MCINTOSH
August 8, 1947 – March 12, 2018
painter, book illustrator
Key West Citizen editorial cartooninst
magazine cartoonist: Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Seventeen, Sail, +
comic strip: Nielson 1979

 

 

RICHARD CARL (DICK) ADAIR
1935 – March 12, 2018
cartoonist
Honolulu Advertiser 1981-2008
Midweek (Hawaii) 2008-2018

 

 


ROBERT SAMUEL (BOB) GROSSMAN
March 1, 1940 – March 15, 2018
artist, illustrator, caricaturist, cartoonist

 

 

JOHN P. (JACK) LUCEY
ca. 1928 – March 15, 2018
commercial illustrator
Marin Independent Journal illustrator/editorial cartoonist

 

 

MARTIN RICHARD (MARTY) STANTON
1930 – March 19, 2018
Auburn (NY) Citizen editorial cartoonist 1970-2011

 

 


GORDON LEROY (LEE) HOLLEY
April 20, 1932 – March 26, 2018
animator, illustrator, magazine cartoonist, comic books
comic strips:
Dennis the Menace
Ponytail
Bugs Bunny

 

 


WESLEY GEORGE HARGIS, JR.
September 12, 1926 – March 2018
comic strip: Jane Arden 1960-1964
[not to be confused with this Wes Hargis]

 

 

JAMES PHILLIP (PHIL) COLLINS
October 6, 1931 – April 29, 2018
commercial/advertising art, author
comic strip: Leonardo 1976-77

 

 

CLIFTON R. (CLIFF) WIRTH
February 6, 1927 – May 8, 2018
newspaper artist/cartoonist
Detroit Times 1950-1980s
Chicago Sun-Times 1979-2003
The CUB Voice 1998-2015
comics:
Local Laughs with Cliff Wirth
Home Team
Li’l Sports
L.P. and U.P.

 

 

KENNETH JOHN (KEN) CARLSON, JR.
October 2, 1950 – May 12, 2018
illustrator, artist
freelance cartoonist (Iron Horse, Easy Rider, CARtoons, +)
Kennebec Journal ed-op cartoonist 1985-2002

 

 

NICK MEGLIN (né NICHOLAS MEGLIOLA)
July 30, 1935 – June 2, 2018
MAD magazine idea man, gagman, writer, editor 1954-2014

 

 


PAUL RADER MILLER
?January 20?, 1935 – June 18, 2018
artist, gag cartoonist, teacher
editorial cartoonist:
Marin Independent Journal 1960-62
Novato Advance 1970s sport and ed-op cartoonist
Pacific Sun cover cartoons
Tiburon Ark illustrator
San Francisco Chronicle ed-op cartoon contributor

 

 

STEVE CHRISTENSEN
November 18, 1953 – June 20, 2018
UPI reporter, editor 1976-1985
Los Angeles Times Syndicate editor, general manager, vp

 

 


STEPHEN JOHN (STEVE) DITKO
November 2, 1927 – June 27(?), 2018
comic book creator

 

 

ROYAL BRUCE MONTGOMERY
August 5, 1939 – July 5, 2018
The Block Island Times cartoonist/publisher

 

 

BENSON MORTIMER SRERE
August 13, 1928 – July 20, 2018
Hearst editor, executive 1957-1994
King Features Syndicate vp and general manager

 

 

STEPHEN F. (STEVE) LAYTON
January 1, 1934 – Summer 2018
Irvine Community News & Views cartoonist

 

 


JOHN BLAIR MOORE
1948 – August 5, 2018
cartoonist, comic books
comic strip: Virtual Reality (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

 

 


RUSSELL DEHART (RUSS) HEATH, JR.
September 29, 1926 – August 23, 2018
cartoonist illustrator, comic books
comic strips:
Terry and the Pirates
Flash Gordon
Latigo
Treasury of Classic Tales (Condorman)
The Lone Ranger

 

 

PHILLIP (PHIL) JACKSON
August 14, 1922 – August 24, 2018
editorial cartoonist:
Newport News ca. 1950 – ?
Orlando Sentinel
Toledo Blade (20 years)
Ludington Daily News ????-2010

 

 


MARIE ANITA SEVERIN
August 21, 1929 – August 29, 2018
comic book artist, caricaturist

 

 

GARY EUGENE FRIEDRICH
August 21, 1943 – August 29, 2018
comic book  writer

 

 

CARLTON HAMES WARE
August 20, 1943 – September 5, 2018
educator, voice over actor
Comic strip and comic book historian

 

 

LORRAINE JOYCE WILLAIMS
October 25, 1959 – September 8, 2018
comic strips:
You Know You’re in a Small Town When…
You’re in Homer When…

 

 


WALLACE WHITNEY (WALLY) TRIPP
June 26, 1940 – September 9, 2018
illustrator

 

 


JAMES EDWARD (JIM) SIZEMORE
October 3, 1937 – September 24, 2018
SSA Art Dept. – “Visual Information Specialist”
freelance cartoonist:
Wall Street Journal, TV Guide,
Saturday Evening Post, Baltimore Sun

 

 

CHARLES KENNEDY (CHARLEY) BURNS
January 10, 1923 – September 29, 2018
sports promoter and coach
E. I. DuPont art dept.
freelance artist/owner: Fast Draw Studios
sports cartoonist/illustrator: Wilmington News Journal
[not to be confused with this Charles Burns]

 

 

BERT (CHILI) CHALLIS
December 27, 1950 – October 9, 2018
comic writer, stand up omedian
comic strip: Mother Goose and Grimm (gagman)

 

 


STAN LEE (né STANLEY MARTIN LIEBER)
December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018
comic book writer/editor
comic strips:
Howdy Doody 1951
My Friend Irma
Mrs. Lyons’ Cbs 1957
Willie Lumpkin
The Virtue of Vera Valiant 1976-77
Says Who 1976
The Incredible Hulk 1978-79
The Amazing Spider-Man 1977-ca.2000, editor ca.2000-ca.2015

 

 

CHARLES EDWARD GLASS
July 4, 1930 – November 5, 2018
magazine cartoonist, advertising
comic strip: Fortune Kookies ca. 1973-78
[not to be confused with Charles O’Glass]

 

 

 


WERNER WEJP-OLSEN
January 7, 1938 – November 15, 2018
gag cartoonist, animator, comic book writer and artist
comic strips:
Granny and Slowpoke
The Maestro and Amalita
The Tales of Hans Christian Anderson
Professor Yuk-Yuk’s Cartooning Class
Inspector Danger’s Crime-Quiz

 

 

WAYNE H. STAYSKAL (né STEJSKAL)
December 11, 1931 – November 20, 2018
editorial cartoonist:
Chicago American/Chicago Today
Chicago Tribune
Tampa Tribune
comic strips/panels:
Trim’s Arena 1973-83
Balderdash 1983-84
Ralph 1995-2001

 

 


FRANCIS J. (FRANKIE) BERNARD
April 30, 1967 – December 18, 2018
gag cartoonist, caricaturist
ed-op cartoonist: Chelsea Record, Waltham News Tribune
comic strip: Funny as a Crutch

 

Corrections welcomed
Additions sadly accepted

 

UPDATE: Mike Rhode and the Comics Research Bibliography
has posted their own list of 2018’s deaths in the comic arts.
That list has a wider range than the above U. S. newspaper and magazine cartoonists;
they cover comic book, animation, and international creators and production people.

 

 

 

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