Obituary: Don Ivan Punchatz

Artist Don Ivan Punchatz (b.1936) died on October 22 after suffering cardiac arrest. Punchatz began exhibiting his work in 1962 and in 1963 he began providing cover art for science fiction and fantasy books. In 1970, he established SketchPad Studio, which became a launchpad for many other artists and taught at Texas Christian University from 1970. Perhaps his most famous work in the field graced the covers of the Avon editions of Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” novels and Philip José Farmer’s “Riverworld” books in the 1970s.

  1. Greg Punchatz — October 24, 2009 @ 7:40 pm

    My Dad actually died from cardiac arrest…he beat cancer 25 years ago

  2. Bruce Williamson — October 27, 2009 @ 8:30 pm

    We have lost one of the Grand Masters, and a good friend that will miss him.

  3. Vanessa Martinez — November 1, 2009 @ 6:34 pm

    I miss my great uncle don very much and he will be missed!