The GeeksverseNEWS | Artist Scott Clark passes away [UPDATED]

NEWS | Artist Scott Clark passes away [UPDATED]
Published on Friday, February 22, 2013 by
[UPDATED] Fan-favorite artist passes away from undisclosed illness at age 43.

scott_clarkScott Clark, the veteran comic book artist best known for his work on titles such as Stormwatch, Alpha Flight, Brightest Day, and Grifter, passed away on 21 February 2013 from an undisclosed illness, as first reported by and later confirmed by Bleeding Cool‘s Rich Johnston. He was 43 years old. Clark is survived by his wife Kim and his son Andrew.

DC Comics later issued a statement memorializing Clark and sending condolences to his family, friends, and fans, with DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee writing that

I’ve known Scott since the earliest days of WildStorm – he was one of the very first artists I brought into the studio back in 1993. I’m stunned and saddened by this news and at a loss for words. Scott was a great talent, a terrific guy, and a friend. He was one of the regular crew of artists who worked well into the night (every night), took dinner at Denny’s at 2am and played ping pong in between drawing pages. We will all miss him dearly. Our thoughts are with his family during this time.

Troy Osgood writes: There hasn’t been much more to report on the passing of Scott Clark. Frank Tieri, via twitter, stated that Clark had been sick for some time, while still doing work, most recently on Grifter with Tieri. But it doesn’t really matter how he died. Jim Lee stated that Clark, when first starting at Wildstorm, would regularly work through the night. That work ethic can be seen recently with the artist being sick and still producing work.

I’m of the Image generation more then anything I’d suppose. I’d been reading comics since 1982/83 but it wasn’t until Image that I really became invested in them. I knew the artists and writers, but I didn’t KNOW them, if that makes sense. I didn’t pay attention. But with Image I was able to get in on the ground floor of something new. I was reading Avengers, Uncanny X-Men, Fantastic Four and others. I started X-Factor from the beginning. I started X-Force from the beginning. But it wasn’t the same, those were spin-offs of existing titles that I had wandered into. With Image, I was able to get in on the ground floor from the start.

And I started paying more attention to who was producing the book. This was a world, and creators, that could be mine. Other people had John Byrne, Chris Claremont, but they had been around for awhile. I was the late-comer. I found connections with Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld and other new artists, most of who went off to form Image. Image gave me a chance to discover new creators and new books. And Scott Clark was one of them.

I’ll be honest, I was never as big a fan of Clark’s work as I was of fellow new-artist Brett Booth. I did like it, and seeing that he was attached to a book I knew that the work would be very solid, I would not be disappointed. He might not have been as flashy or exciting as Booth, but Clark’s work was dependable.

Image gave me a chance to latch onto characters and creators at the beginning of their careers, to be able to follow them. Yes, there had been others, but it wasn’t the same. I saw Steve Epting start on the Avengers and grow to become my favorite artist, but that was on the Avengers. He wasn’t the first to draw them, he was just the next in line. But with Image, I got to see these characters for the first time, see the artists for the first time. That was important. My tastes have changed, I’ve read Avengers long enough that it carries the same weight as WildC.A.T.S., and well the Image books might not have withstood the test of time, they are important to me.

I discovered Stormwatch at the same time I discovered Clark’s work. Clark’s Fuji, Battalion, Diva and the others is the definitive version. Stormwatch #6, page 1 (see below) is how I picture Battalion, no matter what form he took or will take in the future.

I didn’t know Scott Clark. I met, and knew, many of the people from Homage/Wildstorm in the mid-90s, interacted with them, but Clark was not one of them.

I saw Clark’s first work and I saw his last. He was a good artist and he was one of the ones that was there when comics became “mine” and not just something I was reading. He may not have been my favorite artist, but he was one of the important ones to me and I’ll miss seeing his work.

Below is a small gallery of Clark’s art from over the years. (Click on images to view in larger size)

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