Normally we wouldn't
just run a press release, but frankly, Insight Studios head Mark Wheatley
has done a far better job of paying tribute to a giant of the industry
than we could. Just take our word for it: you know his work.
Baltimore, MD -
Insight Studios Group is deeply saddened to confirm that Gray Morrow
(born Dwight Graydon Morrow, 1934)passed away at his home in central
Pennsylvania during the day on Tuesday, November 6th. Although he had
suffered with health problems the last few years, his death was unexpected.
"Gray was a both
a participant in and a witness to comics history," said Insight Studios
Group's Mark Wheatley, who edited GRAY MORROW VISIONARY, published last
summer. "He was a master illustrator who had the respect and friendship
of his peers. His wealth of talent, which enabled him to build an astonishingly
deep catalog of work in different areas of illustration, serves as a
fitting legacy for his diverse career. He was also a great friend to
me, the rest of Insight Studios Group, and to many other professionals
Morrow most recently
appeared at the Baltimore Comic-Con, Sunday, October 28, 2001 where
he was greeted by many of his fans. He spent the day sketching and autographing
his many published comic books, magazines and books. A number of his
original paintings were displayed at the convention including an unpublished
painting of Vampirella he had created for his own amusement.
reported the following: "Morrow was part of the generation that broke
into comics in the 1950s, and he mastered a distinctive 'fantastic realist'
style that was tailor made to science fiction and horror. Morrow worked
for almost every comic publisher in the United States during his long
career, and was probably best known for his lush wash work on the Warren
horror books, Creepy and Eerie. He was also a regular cover artist at
Warren. In the late 1970s, Morrow turned in what many say is his greatest
work, on 'The Illustrated Roger Zelazny'. He was a regular contributor
to science fiction magazines such as If and Galaxy."
Gray Morrow's cover
paintings for paperback books, as well as his many posters for motion
pictures established him as a popular illustrator outside of the comic
book field. He also had a career in animation, with the fondly remembered
Spider-man series to his credit.
"Working with Gray
on VISIONARY was a dream come true for me," Wheatley said. "On behalf
of everyone at Insight Studios, our heart-felt thoughts and prayers
go out to his family, friends, and our fellows fans. And I like to think
that Gray is somewhere, out there, gathering research for his next amazing
painting, because I know wherever he is, he's got a pencil or a paint
brush in his hand and his faithful horse near by, ready to ride."
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