Saturday, March 29, 2008

Marshall Rogers (January 22, 1950 – March 25, 2007)

This is just getting ridiculous....and very sad.
Marshall was always one of my favorites.

Marshall Rogers (January 22, 1950 – March 25, 2007) was an American comic-book artist best-known for his work at Marvel and DC Comics and DC Comics in the 1970s, particularly as was one of the key illustrators of the character Batman. In addition, Rogers also illustrated one of the first graphic novels, Detectives Inc.

Marshall Rogers studied architectural drawing, and his work was characterized by the depiction of characters with relatively human proportions rather than exaggerated musculature, and by detailed rendering of buildings and structures.

Some of his first comic-book work appeared in the black-and-white magazine The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu, where he worked with writer Chris Claremont on a story featuring the "Iron Fist" supporting characters Misty Knight and Colleen Wing as the Daughters of the Dragon. He eschewed the grey wash that was used in other black-and-white comics stories in favour of applying screentone.

With writer Steve Englehart, Rogers penciled an acclaimed run on the character Batman in Detective Comics #471-476 (Aug. 1977 - April 1978), providing one of the definitive interpretations that went on to influence the 1989 movie Batman and be adapted for the 1990s animated series, considered a definitive interpretation of the darker mooded Batman. The two also did a sequel miniseries, Batman: Dark Detective, and had worked together on other series, such as The Silver Surfer. Their first Batman run was collected in the trade paperbacks Batman: Strange Apparitions and Batman: Dark Detective.

He had also done independent work at Eclipse Comics and others. This included the first Coyote series with Englehart, and his own Capt. Quick and the Foozle.

Rogers was found dead from a heart attack in his home by his son on March 25, 2007.

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