View Full Version : AL Williamson dies at 79

GregMO ROberts
06-15-2010, 06:05 AM
It's obviously never a joy to have to report news like this, but it goes with the territory. Only a few weeks after his contemporary and sometimes collaborator Frank Frazetta passed away, beloved Fleagle Gang artist Al Williamson has died at the age of 79 over the weekend.

With a career beginning as a teenager in the 1940's Williamson provided pencils and inks on various comic strips in various western and sci-fi comics for smaller publishers until he hit it big at EC Comics on books like Weird Science and Weird Fantasy, establishing himself as one of the biggest names in sci-fi comics. This was further established when Williamson did some work on one of his childhood favorites, Flash Gordon, in the 1960s. By the 1970's, Williamson was having books published about him and his work.

Williamson also contributed a great deal to Star Wars in comics, doing the adaptation for The Empire Strikes Back, as well as various covers and comic strips throughout the years. George Lucas reportedly picked out Williamson specifically, due to Lucas' well known admiration for Flash Gordon and sci-fi pulp that Williamson had been so instrumental in contributing to. Later in his career, Williamson would do a lot of inking work for Marvel, including Daredevil, Spider-Girl, and Spider-Man 2099.

Amongst fellow members of the comics industry, Williamson was known for his willingness and ability to help up-and-comers break into the industry, offering advice and connections, making him one of the most revered names in the business.

Source: Craveonline