Italian author Carlo Fruttero (b.1926) died on January 15. Much of his work was done in collaboration with Franco Lucentini and the two men edited the science fiction magazine Urania from 1964 through 1985. The men also wrote science fiction, humor, and other genres. From 1972 to 1975 they also edited the comic Il Mago.
Author Howard Hopkins (b.1961) died on January 12 while shoveling snow. Hopkins edited the anthology Dark Harbors and wrote the novels Night Demons, Grimm, and The Dark Riders. He wrote the The Nightmare Club series for children and has also written for comics.
Richard Alf (b.1952) died on January 4. Alf began dealing comic books as a teenager and was able to provide a large portion of the capital needed to start the first San Diego Comic-Con. He was active in the con’s early years, chairing at least one event, before stepping away.
Comic artist Eduardo Barreto (b.1954) died on December 15. Barreto, from Uruguay, worked on titles including Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, The New Teen Titans, and his last work, DC Retroactive The 70′s: Superman, published earlier this year. Also in 2011, Barreto became the artist for the Sunday The Phantom comic strip.
Comic author Joe Simon (b.1913) died on December 14. Simon co-created Captain America along with Jack Kirby. The two men created numerous characters in the 1940s and helped pioneer both the romance and horror comics fields. Simon was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1999.
Comic artist Jerry Robinson (b.1922) died on December 7. Robinson is best known for co-creating Robin, the boy wonder, and creating the Joker. Robinson also worked on the creation of Alfred and Two-Face. Robinson began working for Batman creator Bob Kane in 1939. In the 1970s, Robinson worked to get credit for his friends, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster for their part in creating Superman. Robinson is in the Comic Book Hall of Fame and has received lifetime achievement awards from the Cartoon Art Society and the National Cartoonists Society.
Comic book author Alvin Schwartz (b.1916) died on October 26. Schwartz began writing for comics in 1939 and became a writer for Captain Marvel before working on Batman in 1942 and, beginning in 1944, the Batman and Superman newspaper strips. He went on to write for many of DC’s top titles in the 1940s and helped create the Superman villain Bizarro. Schwartz retired from the comics field in 1958 and received a Bill Finger Award in 2006.
Author Les Daniels (b.1943) died from an heart attack on November 5. Daniels has written five historical novels about the vampire Don Sebastian de Villanueva. In addition to his fiction, Daniels has written about the history of comics.
Former DC Comics vice president Jack Adler (b.1918) died on September 18. Adler worked at DC Comics from 1946 through 1981 and in 1971 won the Shazam Award for Best Colorist. He also served as DC’s production manager and vice president of production.
The Eisner Awards were announced at Comic Con San Diego on July 22. Below are the winners.
- Best Short Story: “Post Mortem,” by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark
- Best Single Issue (or One-Shot): Hellboy: Double Feature of Evil, by Mike Mignola and Richard Corben
- Best Continuing Series: Chew, by John Layman and Rob Guillory
- Best Limited Series: Daytripper, by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá
- Best New Series: American Vampire, by Scott Snyder, Stephen King, and Rafael Albuquerque
- Best Publication for Kids: Tiny Titans, by Art Baltazar and Franco
- Best Publication for Teens: Smile, by Raina Telgemeier
- Best Humor Publication: I Thought You Would Be Funnier, by Shannon Wheeler
- Best Anthology: Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard, edited by Paul Morrissey and David Petersen
- Best Digital Comic: Abominable Charles Christopher, by Karl Kerschl
- Best Reality-Based Work: It Was the War of the Trenches, by Jacques Tardi
- Best Graphic Album-New: Return of the Dapper Men, by Jim McCann and Janet Lee
- Best Graphic Album-Reprint: Wednesday Comics, edited by Mark Chiarello
- Best Adaptation from Another Work:The Marvelous Land of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, adapted by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young
- Best Archival Collection/Project-Strips: Archie: The Complete Daily Newspaper Strips, 1946–1948, by Bob Montana, edited by Greg Goldstein
- Best Archival Collection/Project-Comic Books: Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier
- Best U.S. Edition of International Material: It Was the War of the Trenches, by Jacques Tardi
- Best U.S. Edition of International Material-Asia: Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys, by Naoki Urasawa
- Best Writer: Joe Hill, Locke & Key
- Best Writer/Artist: Darwyn Cooke, Richard Stark’s Parker: The Outfit
- Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team:
- Skottie Young, The Marvelous Land of Oz
- Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art): Juanjo Guarnido, Blacksad
- Best Cover Artist: Mike Mignola, Hellboy, Baltimore: The Plague Ships
- Best Coloring: Dave Stewart, Hellboy, BPRD, Baltimore, Let Me In, Detective Comics, Neil Young’s Greendale, Daytripper, Joe the Barbarian
- Best Lettering: Todd Klein, Fables, The Unwritten, Joe the Barbarian, iZombie, Tom Strong and the Robots of Doom, SHIELD, Driver for the Dead
- Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism: ComicBookResources, produced by Jonah Weiland
- Best Comics-Related Book: 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking, by Paul Levitz
- Best Publication Design:
- Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition, designed by Randall Dahlk
- Hall of Fame
- Judges’ Choices: Ernie Bushmiller, Jack Jackson, Martin Nodell, Lynd Ward
- Elected: Mort Drucker, Harvey Pekar, Roy Thomas, Marv Wolfman
- Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award: Nate Simpson
- Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award: Patrick McDonnell
- Bill Finger Excellence in Comic Book Writing Award: Del Connell, Bob Haney
- Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award: Comics & Vegetables, Tel Aviv, Israel, Yuval Sharon & Danny Amitai