In the past few minutes reports have been blowing up across the internet about comic book writer, and Milestone Comics founder, Dwayne McDuffie passing away today. A cause of death is unknown, and reports from as recently as last week showed the scribe to be in good health. He was promoting the All Star Superman DVD last week, and was even posting to Facebook on Sunday.
McDuffie is arguably best known for his creating of the character Static for Milestone, who went on to be the star of the hit cartoon Static Shock.
In recent years McDuffie has been working for DC Comics, with an extended run on JLA, as well as his work in writing their straight to DVD animated films.
I’ll have more details as they become available.
He will certainly be missed.
Update 4:09 P.M. CST: Dan DiDio, co-publisher of DC Entertainment (Comics) has released a statement.
“Dwayne McDuffie left a lasting legacy on the world of comics that many writers can only aspire to. He will not only be remembered as the extremely gifted writer whose scripts have been realized as comic books, in television shows and on the silver screen, but as the creator or co-creator of so many of the much-loved Milestone characters, including Static Shock. The industry has lost a true talent.
Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and many friends he leaves behind.”
– Dan DiDio, Co-Publisher, DC Entertainment
Update 4:22 P.M. CST: Comicbookresources is reporting that McDuffie died from complications due to a surgical procedure performed Monday evening.
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