RIP X-Men Creator Dave Cockrum (1943-2006)

In sad news, Dave Cockrum passed away this past weekend. For those of you who don’t know who he is, he helped to create the mid-70’s relaunch of the X-Men with Len Wein and Chris Claremont which added Wolverine, Storm, Nightcrawler and Colossus to the team.

He was a legendary artist and helped to mold a lot of the comics you read today. He will be missed.

His character designs and general aesthetic were what set the pace for the X-Men for at least 10 years, if not more. It’s safe to say that my earliest exposure to “classic” X-Men art was Cocklrum’s as I read and re-read a reprint of Giant Size X-Men a thousand times throughout Middle School.

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  1. Sorry to have this news to pass along. Cockrum is a legend. Comics would never have been the same without him.

  2. This is sad news. Cockrum was an amazing artist. His run on the X-Men is one of the most memorable and his Nightcrawler mini series was a lot of fun. His characterization of Kitty Pryde was quite possibly the best there is, and Ororo was never so divine and mysterious as when Cockrum drew her.

  3. I hate to see that. He had supposedly been ill for quite a while; if nothing else, I hope his final passing was at least peaceful.

  4. Terrible to hear, but as many great artist, his work will live on, and we he will never be forgotten.

  5. Are they trying to be sympathetic or just piss us off?