is sad to report that artist Marshall Rogers
died over the weekend.
The artist, who most know for his prolific work on Batman in the pages of Detective Comics, was 57 years old. Our friends Newsarama
sadly broke the news and reported that “details were sketchy.”
Rogers had worked in the comics industry since the 1970s, where his work appeared in the pages of Batman: Family, Mr. Miracle, House of Mystery, Superman Family
and, the work with which most comic fans remember best, Detective Comics
. His work was absent from shelves for several years, but he reteamed with his Detective Comics/Batman
collaborator Steve Englehart
for two six part Batman: Dark Detective
THE PULSE contacted his long-time collaborator and friend Steve Englehart
for more information on his passing. Englehart heard the news from another of their associates, inker Terry Austin.
told me he talked to Spencer Beck
, Marshall’s agent, and he confirmed that Marshall died this weekend,” Englehart told THE PULSE
. “His son found him. They think it was a heart attack, and that he might have been dead for a while.”
Englehart is greatly saddened by the news. He was shocked to learn this about his friend. He told THE PULSE, “This must have been completely out of the blue."
The pair first collaborated together on a Detective Comics
run in the 1970s. "We worked together for a long time," Englehart said. "And we had our ups and downs; but it was always a solid relationship. He was a good guy at heart. Certainly my career was positively affected by hooking up with him on the Batman
stuff and the other things we did. He was just very committed to doing comics, and to doing them the best he possibly could.”
Their work on the recent Batman: Dark Detective II and III
also brought the two together again for comic conventions and other meetings. Englehart said they were practically neighbors and it was just a subway ride between them. “He lived about forty minutes south of where I live,” Englehart said. “There are subways in-between us, so I would go down sometimes and, most often, he would come up. He liked a coffee shop in my neighborhood and we’d meet, stay there ‘til it got dark, and hang out.”
Englehart said he would miss his friend and miss hanging out with him.
We at THE PULSE offers our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Marshall Rogers.
You can see a detailed biography of his work at Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_Rogers