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Monday, August 13, 2007

Mike Wieringo, R.I.P.

Just heard the sad news that cartoonist Mike Wieringo passed away over the weekend, at the far-too-young age of 44. His friend and frequent collaborator Karl Kesel has a few thoughts and memories.

That SPIDER-BOY one-shot Kesel talks about, part of the first wave of "Amalgam" books which played mix and match with various DC and Marvel properties, was unexpectedly one of the absolute highlights of mainstream super-heroic type comics of the 1990s for me, just a delightfully frantic romp that the "Amalgam" concept needed (and which most of the other books of the line didn't provide), full of clever gags, some great design work and clear storytelling.

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