RIP Award-winning US Comics Journalist
The Comics Reporter has been a regular fixture in the comics reporting scene since its founder Tom Spurgeon launched it back in 2004 and the sad news has just reached us from his brother’s Facebook page that he has just passed away at the age of 50…
Here’s a potted bio thanks to our friends over at CBR…
Spurgeon is best known for his website, The Comics Reporter, which he launched in 2004 with site designer Jordan Raphael. Spurgeon’s efforts on the quintessential comics journalist site led to him winning the Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism in 2010, 2012 and 2013.
Before launching The Comics Reporter, Spurgeon was the editor of The Comics Journal from 1994-1999. He also wrote three comic book history books, the Stan Lee biography, Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book (with Jordan Raphael), the Fantagraphics history, Comics As Art: We Told You So (with Jacob Covey) and The John Romita Sr. tribute, The Romita Legacy.
After leaving The Comics Journal, Spurgeon wrote the syndicated comic strip, Wildwood, with artist Dan Wright from 1999-2002.
A number of notable people in the comics industry responded to his death. Heidi MacDonald at The Beat said: “Like everyone, I’m numb. Tom was my editor, my friend, my colleague, my rival, my inspiration. No one loved comics more. I can’t even begin to describe how much he loved comics. He held us all to a higher standard, myself included. I’ll have more to say when I’ve processed this horrible news.”
Batman writer Tom King tweeted, “Horribly sad to hear of Tom Spurgeon’s passing. Love his comics criticism; a man who saw the potential in the medium and demanded we keep striving for that transcendence. Finally met him in Baltimore this year, when I presented him with a Ringo. RIP you smart ass nerd.”
Everyone at Tripwire pass on our condolences to his family. When we used to attend San Diego Comic each July, it wouldn’t have been a San Diego if our editor-in-chief Joel Meadows didn’t see Tom once. He leaves a huge legacy of work and will be much missed.