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May 6, 2014

Richard “Dick” Ayers (April 28, 1924 – May 4, 2014)

Artist Dick Ayers at a mid-1970s New York City comics convention. (Exclusive photo by Sam Maronie)
Artist Dick Ayers at a mid-1970s New York City comics convention. (Exclusive photo by Sam Maronie)

Artist Dick Ayers at a mid-1970s New York City comics convention. (Exclusive photo by Sam Maronie)

Dick Ayers, one of the last of the ‘Mighty Marvel Bullpen’ of the 1960s passed on May 4, 2014. He had only recently celebrated his 90th birthday.

Next to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Ayers was arguably one of the most important people who contributed to the success of Marvel Comics.

Ayers did almost everything for the then-fledgling company. He ably inked Jack Kirby on many of the science-fiction ‘bigfoot’ monster stories they churned out for Tales to Astonish, Tales of Suspense and others.

When Marvel moved into the super-hero genre, Ayers was right there, continuing to ink Kirby, and drawing features like ‘Sgt. Fury’, ‘Giant-Man’, ‘The ‘Human Torch,’ and many, many others.

Dick Ayers never officially retired. After his stint with Marvel, the artist labored for a variety of comic-book companies big and small. When he appeared at conventions, he was always mobbed by fans of his work and who appreciated his great contributions to Marvel history.

Our best wishes go out to Mr. Ayers and his family.

 






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