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X Men Illustrator Dave Cockrum Dies In His Comics

X Men Illustrator Dave Cockrum Dies In His Comics

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X-Men Illustrator Dave Cockrum Dies In His Comics

Dave Cockrum X-Men illustrator dies in Superman pajamas and covered with his Batman blanket.

Dave Cockrum, the 63 year old illustrator renovated the X-Men comics and helped popularize the relatively obscure Marvel Comics in the 1970s. His creative work turned the title into a publishing sensation and major film franchise. {Dave Cockrum} "died in his favorite chair at his home in Belton, South Carolina, after a long battle with diabetes and related complications," his wife Paty Cockrum said Tuesday.

Cockrum and writer Len Wein were handed the X-Men at Marvel Comics which had originally been created in 1963. However the idea had failed to capture fans attention. Cockrum and Wein added their own heroes to the comic and published Giant Size X-Men No. 1 in 1975. Many signature characters Cockrum designed and co-created»» such as Storm, Mystique, Nightcrawler and Colossus went on to become part of the "X-Men" films starring Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry. However, Cockrum received no movie royalties; said family friend Clifford Meth, who organized efforts to help Cockrum and his family during his protracted medical care. "Dave saw the movie and he cried, not because he was bitter," Meth said. "He cried because his characters were on screen and they were living."

March 17th the following was made public.

Marvel Comics and artist Dave Cockrum have reached an agreement on a contract that will allow Marvel to continue to fully own the many characters Cockrum created for the company, while compensating Cockrum for his years of service and the seminal characters he created.

Cockrum was born in Pendleton, Oregon, the son of an Air Force officer. Dave Cockrum served in Vietnam for the U.S. Navy and than moved to New York after leaving the service where he got his big break in the early 1970s. Cockrum started his career by drawing the Legion of Super Heroes for DC Comics before moving to Marvel.

In January 2004, Cockrum moved to South Carolina after being hospitalized for bacterial pneumonia. As his diabetes progressed, his drawings became limited. His last drawing was a sketch for a fan, who attended a small comic book convention in Greenville, Paty Cockrum said.
Family friend Clifford Meth said "He had a genuine love for comics and for science fiction and for fantasy, and he lived in it. He loved his work."

At Cockrum's request, there will be no public services and his body will be cremated. A family friend said he will be cremated in a Green Lantern shirt and his ashes will be spread on his property.

This has got to be the best way a person can go in death... Not the fact that he died from complications but that he died wearing his comic favorites. I think that's how I would like to go and meet my maker(s)... wearing / bringing with me the things I love and cherish most.

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