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Monday, March 26, 2007

R.I.P. Marshall Rogers

I hate this. Two obituaries on the same day. Two creative types, who – although as different from each other as night and day – both had a huge impact on me and influenced my own creative expression.

Sure, you can chuckle when you think of Andy Sidaris' T&A exploitation films as a "creative influence" – it's true, but I can't deny the humor of it – but no one can question the visceral impact of Marshall Rogers' comic book artwork on those of us who toil in the field.

From his career-making (and endlessly reprinted) Batman run in Detective Comics with writer Steve Englehart (which resulted in at least two bonafide Batman clasics: "The Laughing Fish" and "The Deadshot Richochet") to their recent reunion on the Dark Detective miniseries, from his unforgettable graphic novel adaptation of Harlan Ellison's Demon With A Glass Hand to his groundbreaking visuals on Don McGregor's seminal Detectives, Inc., Rogers brought his unique vision and undeniable sense of design and architecture to comics, forging a body of work that was ahead of its time and still impresses today.

Marshall Rogers has passed away. He was 57. The best I can say is that he drew a fantastic Batman. And his Dr. Strange was great, too. And so was his Mr. Miracle. And his Scorpio Rose. And his Cap'n Quick (and Foozle). And his...

Damn.

Rest in Peace, Marshall.

4 comments:

Cedrick said...

Nooo! I loved Marshall Rogers work. Especially on Batman. 57 is so young. Know how he passed away?

Christopher Mills said...

No official word yet, but it looks like it was a heart attack.

Glen said...

This is so disappointing.

I was hoping for a sequel to his and Englehart's last Batman miniseries.

What do you think of the rumours of the Batman curse going around?

Patrick Shawn Bagley said...

Damn. He was my all-time favorite Batman artist.