Monday, June 14, 2010

Al Williamson (1931 - 2010) R.I.P.

We interrupt Christopher Lee's Treasury of Terror with sad news about the passing of comic book legend Al Williamson. For more on his incredible life and legacy please click HERE.

And for a great pre-code Williamson werewolf story from the THOIA Archive, click the image below:

8 comments:

Michael H. Price said...

Such a loss, indeed... Al Williamson is right up there with Frazetta and Krenkel in terms of helping to define the genre for comics and beyond. I had the pleasure of working with Al on the restoration of Will Eisner's HAWKS OF THE SEAS during the 1990s at Denis Kitchen's publishing company -- a real adventure, working from mostly primary-source page-proof materials and turning up some long-lost pages in various published formats. A fine fellow, Al, and an early favorite, to boot, as much for his ACG stories as for his EC's...
-- Mike Price

Karswell said...

Thanks for writing Micheal, that's an amazing memory to share.

Other big gun gone in 2010.
:(

Anonymous said...

VERY SAD NEWS..AND WEIRD TOO THAT YOU POSTED A JOHNNY CRAIG STORY AS HIM AND AL WERE BOTH CONNECTED TO EC. AND I ONLY SAY THAT BECAUSE YOU DONT POST EC STUFF.

Bob Andelman said...

Learn more about legendary comics artist Al Williamson in this Mr. Media interview with his friend and artist Mark Schultz, in which he discusses the book Al Williamson’s Flash Gordon: A Lifelong Vision of the Heroic.

Pappy said...

For some reason time stands still for me when discussing Al Williamson. I think of Al as he was in the Artist Of the Issue feature in EC Comics, not as a 79-year-old guy. My first thought on hearing he'd died was, "But he was so young!"

It probably had something to do with his art. Even though his influences were from a long time ago, Al's artwork always looked timeless.

Anonymous said...

Al Williamson,like Frank Frazetta,was an explorer of different worlds and ideas.And I agree with Pappy,his work does remain timeless.Especially when you compare his 70s work with his 50s artwork.Williamson always had a great vision and imagination.Liam

THE APOCOLYTE said...

This is sad news. Mr. Williamson was one of the greats and truly inspirational, as was his compatriot Frazetta. He will be missed. Lucky for us he left so many great works to remember him by.

Karswell said...

He has indeed left behind quite a body of incredible work. Thanks again for the great comments!