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  • Al Williamson Has Passed Away

    A number of creators and online comic sites have been passing along the word that the great Al Williamson has passed away.
    I've known for some time now that Al was not well, but I'm still saddened to hear of his passing. Like Wally Wood and Frank Frazetta, Al was one of the great artists illustrators in comics history.

    Al's last professional artwork was a Sunday FLASH GORDON strip drawn for King Features. At that time, Jim Keefe, FLASH GORDON'S regular writer/artist was taking a small vacation from the book, and he asked a handful of comic creators to each draw a Sunday strip for him. Al Williamson was one of the artists invited to draw one of the Sundays, and it was my privilege to have followed Al's strip the following Sunday. It remains one of the highlights of my career.

    Al Williamson was an incredible illustrator. Only Alex Raymond, the original creator, is more identified with FLASH GORDON than Al. I've followed Al's work for decades--his EC work, the artwork he did for Warren Publishing, Marvel Comics, and of course his SECRET AGENT X-9 work. He worked on STAR WARS, SPIDER-MAN, DAREDEVIL, FLASH GORDON, WEIRD SCIENCE and too many comic titles to mention. He was just an amazing artist. I got to meet him once, and he was very nice to me. He signed my SECRET AGENT X-9 books, and told me a story about Frank Frazetta. I've tried to assemble a few scans of Al's work below as a tribute to one of my favorite artists.

    Rest In Peace, Al.





































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    I was first introduced to Al's work through his adaptation of the Star Wars mythos. It was hard for me to believe that a human hand created that art! The inking was so technically precise in the portrayal of light and shade, I thought it was done like Rotoscoping in animation, but it was all him. He was one of the greats. Thanks Loston for the moving tribute.
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    • #3
      These images I scanned for you guys this morning. They're from the book, AL WILLIAMSON'S FLASH GORDON, A LIFELONG VISION OF THE HEROIC. Some of the pages are from Al's FLASH GORDON movie adaptation, and others are from his other FLASH GORDON works. I apologize if these are kind of large--but Al's work had so many fine lines that it's wasted on smaller scans:













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      • #4
        I've got that Flash Gordon book, it's pretty brilliant.

        He'll be missed... we're running out of fellows of his caliber.
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        • #5
          Al, along with Alex Raymond and Nestor Redondo, is a big influence on my work and had a large impact on my forming the style I have.

          It's such a shame that all the greats are now passing.

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          • #6
            Crap. I was hoping to someday meet him. I've joked for years that I'm his nephew or illegitemate son or whatever (we share the same name). His work has always impressed me - moreso now that I'm older and I understand how truly masterful he was. He'll be missed.
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            • #7
              Damn, he is one of my top ten artists I admire, his drawing and inking skills have no equal. One of the few who mastered lighting so brilliantly, as far as i'm concerned he is a legend in the comic art industry.

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              • #8
                there are not enough words to describe how sad i am by this. I need to get to barnes and noble and buy his flash gordon book immediately. RIP
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                • #9
                  RIP Al Williamson!
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                  • #10
                    Dave Sim is a big time fan of his work I'm sure he's going to do a tribute to him.

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                    • #11
                      Al Williamson has gone on to glory

                      Al Williamson has passed away. Another legend and great artist. Also a great guy I had the pleasure to meet a few times.

                      He said he liked one of my pages I was showing him and I gave it to him.

                      After a few phone calls and other meetings I was invited to visit him in his studio in PA.

                      A very kind and gracious man. We went out to lunch and met up with other local artists. Mark Schultz was invited but he was busy. (Much to my regret)

                      I'm glad I had opportunity to meet one of my artistic heroes.
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                      • #12
                        One of my all time favorite artist/inkers. He made JRJR pencils Tolerable to look at on many books. His inks on Leonardi on Spidey 2099 was tops. Loved his Star Wars adaptations. The true Illustrators of comics and fantasy are disappearing.

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                        • #13
                          I just saw this. Very saddening news. Al is definitely one of the all time greats. His work is a great inspiration for myself and countless others, no doubt. RIP Al Williamson.
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