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Comics Legend Russ Heath Passes Away

Russ Heath self-portrait (detail)

Artist and Creator Russ Heath Passes

On August 23, 2018, the world lost another legend. Russ Heath, artist and creator, passed away at the age of 91. The news was made public in a statement from his family.

Early Life

Russ Heath (comics)
Russ Heath, comics legend

Born on September 29, 1926, Heath had a passion for art from an early age. Mostly working on art that depicted the western lifestyle in honor of his father, a cowboy himself. During his senior year of high school, Heath became eager to help the troops during World War II. He left school early and joined the United States Air Force. He served stateside and would draw and write comics for the camp newsletter.

Work

Russ Heath self-portrait
Russ Heath self-portrait

In 1947, at the age of twenty-one, he had secured himself a staff position as an artist with Timely Comics. the company that would eventually become Marvel Comics. During his many decades in the comic book industry, he produced many notable works and received many accolades. He co-created “The Haunted Tank” which featured in DC’s G.I. Combat, as well as creating the Sea Devils, a team of team of scuba divers who embark on undersea adventures, also for DC Comics. He received an Inkpot award in 1997. He was also inducted into the Will Eisner Awards Hall of Fame in 2009.

His work also became the center of controversy when it was discovered that Roy Lichtenstein had taken his work and sold it for profit. Heath had never received a cent from the sales. Not letting that situation defeat him, Heath was also a supporter of the Hero Initiative charity and even wrote and drew a comic that detailed his experience with them as well as his experience with Lichtenstein.

At the time of this article no funding pages have been set up to help with funeral costs or detailing any memorial services.

Russ Heath 1926-2018


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