Dave Cockrum Hospitalized
Tribute Book Planned For Creator of Nightcrawler
and Many Others...
Cockrum's best-known designs...
received a call for help from writer Cliff
Meth this morning, via Fanboy Planet contributor Jason
Sacks. Dave Cockrum, probably one of the most influential
artists in modern comics when I was at my most impressionable,
had been hospitalized.
Cockrum. One of the first comic books I remember consciously
buying -- not just having handed to me by my parents -- was
Superboy and The Legion of Superheroes #202, featuring "The
Wrath of the Devil-Fish." Art by...Dave Cockrum, spawning
a life-long love of the 30th Century heroes.
on, Cockrum left DC to work at Marvel for a while, where he
pencilled the most famous comic book of the last thirty years
-- Giant-Sized X-Men #1, written by his friend Len Wein.
all too often happens to the people that gave us so much joy
in our childhoods, Cockrum and his wife have been caught in
some financially trying times. So Meth and a bevy of creators
are getting a tribute book together. They're not alone in
helping Cockrum out; Joe Quesada let us know this morning
had been informed and would be giving aid.
do two things: contribute to ACTOR
if you can now, and buy the tribute book when it materializes.
the press release from Cliff Meth:
has been hospitalized with a severe case of double pneumonia,
as well as a bacterial infection in his lungs and his blood.
He is in stable condition and is being cared for at the Intensive
Care Unit at Bronx Veterans Administration Hospital in New
who made his professional debut in 1973 on DC's Legion
of Superheroes, became one of the last members of Marvel's
legendary Bullpen where he revamped the then-canceled Uncanny
X-Men. The characters he personally designed include Nightcrawler,
Colossus, Storm, Mystique, Phoenix, ThunderBird, The StarJammers,
and The Futurians.
book to benefit Cockrum is in the works. Contributors include
Murphy Anderson, Chris Claremont, Peter David, Harlan Ellison,
Tony Isabella, Johnny Romita, Len Wein, and Marv Wolfman.
A benefit auction is also being planned.
who do not know Paty Cockrum personally are asked to please
not call her home. Cards are welcome and can be sent to:
VA Medical Center
130 W Kingsbridge Road
Bronx, NY 10468
information, contact Clifford Meth, firstname.lastname@example.org.