Comic Book Stars And Creators Who Died In 2022

The past couple years have been brutal on the comic book industry.

Here is a list of some (but obviously not all) of the more well known comic book creators and stars that have passed away in 2022.

Condolences to all their families and loved ones.

William Hurt

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Oscar Award winning actor William Hurt played General/Secretary of Defense Thunderbolt Ross in 5 Marvel movies (and one video game).

For the upcoming Marvel Thunderbolts movie, I thought Marvel might kill Ross off screen somehow (similar to how they handled Chadwick Bosemen’s T’Challa) and simply name the anit-super-hero team of the Thunderbolts after him posthumously, but it looks like the character has been recast with Harrison Ford instead.

George Perez

George Perez was a comic book legend with iconic runs on The Avengers, Crisis on Infinite Earths, Wonder Woman and The New Teen Titans.

In early 2022, after Perez had been diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer, DC and Marvel jointly approved a limited-run reprint of the 2003 JLA/Avengers story he illustrated, which had been long tied up by disagreements between the rival publishers, as a benefit for The Hero Initiative.

Kazuki Takahashi (Yu-Gi-Oh)

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Kazuki Takahashi, the creator of the popular trading card game Yu-Gi-Oh, drowned at a well known diving spot called Mermaid’s Cove off the coast of Japan.

According to a U.S. army eye witness who was scuba diving nearby, Takahashi was heroically attempting to help rescue a 12-year-old snorkeler and another person who were in distress. The snorkelers were successfully rescued by the army officer, her husband and their scuba instructor but they unfortunately lost sight of Takahashi. His body was found washed up on shore 2 days later.

Tim Sale

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Tim Sale had a unique style of pencilling that drew from the golden age of comic books. Sale had multiple successful runs on various titles but arguably his best work came on the ambitious and widely popular DC maxi-series Batman: The Long Halloween.

Nichelle Nichols

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Nichelle Nichols is obviously more of a pop culture star than a comic book one, but he iconic role as Uhura from Star Trek makes her incredibly well known by all in the ‘Geeky’ community.

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Nichols also has a unique place in television history since her kiss with William Shatner (Captain Kirk) in the Star Trek episode Platos Stepchildren (season 3 episode 10) in 1968 is often sited as the first interracial kiss on television. Although, this is disputed as there are multiple less well known television interracial kisses in the 1950s.

Neal Adams

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Neal Adams and Denny O’Neil collaborated on some of the most ground breaking runs of the 1970s, including the introduction of Ra’s Al Ghul in Batman and non-Comics Code Authority approved Green Lantern #85 where Green Arrow‘s sidekick Speedy was revealed to be a heroin addict.

Adams was also a comic book creator-rights advocate who helped secure a pension and recognition for Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (who was blind, in a nursing home and seriously in debt by 1976).

Carlos Pacheco

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Carlos Pacheco announced earlier this year that he was retiring from his work due to health problems, having been diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Pacheco’s career spanned over thirty years and included runs on the industry’s most popular characters, including Superman, Fantastic Four and the X-Men. His last work was the cover for Damage Control #3.

Kevin Conroy

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Man, this one hurt.

Beginning in 1992 with Batman: The animated Series till 2019’s Justice League: The Fatal Five, Kevin Conroy was the voice of Batman/Bruce Wayne for nearly all of Warner Bros DC animated movies, shows and video games.

Conroy even had a live-action appearance as the Caped Crusader in the Batwoman episode of Arrowverse crossover “Crisis on Infinite Earths“.

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Tom Palmer

Tom Palmer is probably the least well known comic book creator on this list, but he had long inking runs on Marvel’s bookend titles The Uncanny X-Men and The Avengers. His unique brushing ink style inspired the next generation of inkers such as Klaus Janson and Josef Rubinstein.

Alan Grant

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Alan Grant is a writer known for creating the anti-hero Judge Dredd and his writing on multiple Batman titles.

He is credited as the co-creator of a number of Batman‘s more gritty villains Anarky, Victor Zsasz and the Ventriliquist.

Everett Peck (Duckman)

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Everett Peck is best known for his creation Duckman which was initially published by Dark Horse comics in 1990.

Duckman was turned into an animated series in 1994 for the USA Network and was voiced by Sienfeld’s Jason Alexander. During its four-year run, it won the Cable ACE Award, and was nominated for four Emmy Awards.

Tom Veitch

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Tom Veitch was known mostly for his critically acclaimed runs on DC’s Animal Man and Swamp Thing.

I knew him for his mostly for his work on in launching the comic book Star Wars Expanded Universe with Star Wars: Dark Empire, Star Wars: Dark Empire II and Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi for Dark Horse comics.

Robert Bruce (Comic Book Men)

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Robert Bruce was a comic book collector and regular on AMC’s reality TV series Comic Book Men, which was filmed at Kevin Smith’s comic book store “Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash.”

He was found passed away in the storage facility that he used as his office. No foul play was suspected.

Jason David Frank

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Jason David Frank was initially cast for a limited 14 episode run as the Green Power Ranger on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, but he proved to be so popular that the producers brought him back as the White Ranger and made him the team leader.

He was later brought back multiple times as various colored Rangers and Dino Rangers between 1997 and 2018.

Frank was also a very accomplished martial artist with black belts in multiple martial arts disciplines and a brief MMA career.

Personal Loss: Rodney Sochocki

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Rodney Sochocki was not a celebrity. He was a personal friend of mine who unexpected passed away the day I initially published this post.

He was truly a good soul and I will miss being able to bounce article topics and themes off of him. He could always be counted on for light-hearted back-and-forth debates on trivial Star Trek and Star Wars fan theories and sciences.

Unfortunately, Rodney’s passing is also an example of how difficult it can be for the non-wealthy to receive proper medical care in our country.

Who are some other comic book creditors and stars that have passed away in 2022? Let me know of anyone I missed in the comments.

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