Yesterday marked the anniversary of the deaths of two great comic-book creators: Mark Gruenwald, who died in 1996, and Mike Wieringo, who died in 2007. A Hero Initiative fundraiser has been set up honoring the two men.
You can read my post about both men from 2009 here; more about Gruenwald’s work on Hawkeye in specific can be found here. Probably my favorite Gruenwald work was his 18-issue “President Fires Cap” storyline, which has now been collected in the trade paperback “The Captain.” I wrote about that storyline in 2009, and wrote an article comparing the Gruenwald run to the Brubaker run back in 2008.
I haven’t written as much about Wieringo, though he was also a favorite, particularly in his work with Mark Waid. I briefly wrote about their work together on Fantastic Four as part of my Top 10 Mark Waid graphic novels.
Today, I’ll reflect on these two creators, as well as on artist Joe Kubert, who passed away yesterday, and remember the enjoyment all three men brought to thousands with their artistic and creative talents.
- Matt Price