Tuesday, 22 June 2010

AL WILLIAMSON - R.I.P. 1931-2010

Secret Agent Corrigan (c)KFS - the hero was modeled by the artist himself!

THE PRINCE AMONGST the comics medium knights has laid his mighty brushes to rest and went where all of us shall go one day or night... joining his pal Frank Frazetta, Archie Goodwin and other incomparable giants who walked amongst us once, allowing us to stand on their shoulders.

Williamson followed the path of Alex Raymond, inspired also by Daniel Vierge, Joseph Clement Coll, Franklin Booth and other masters of the pen and ink technique.

His contribution to the comics is humongous - comicbooks, syndicated newspaper strips... penciling, inking [himself and others, in the later part of his career] and genuine love for the artform examplified with his tireless collecting of originals.

Those in the know, especially distinguished ones honoured to know him personally will publish more appropriate rememberings of his life, deeds and achievements. I've never managed to meet him but I am sure that he really was The Gentleman and one of the sweetest persons ever to unleash his kindness on fellow artists and people in general.

He shall be missed.

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