Wednesday, April 28, 2010

In Memorium: Bill DuBay

Today I ran across two separate mentions of the passing of Warren Magazines editor/writer/artist Bill DuBay on April 15, 2010 from colon cancer. The prolific DuBay's work also appeared under the pseudonyms Will Richardson, Martin J. Arbunich and Dube.

Although he produced work for several comics publishers and worked in the field of animation, Bill DuBay was best-known as an editor and writer for Warren Publishing, including horror-comics magazines Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella.

DuBay held various company titles while at Warren, and beginning in 1973 he was noted for revamping the magazines with a graphic redesign, dropping fan-participation pages, instituting new features, and creating a unified look and feel. He also presided over the introduction of a popular stable of freelance artists from Spain, whose illustrative style provided an exciting alternative to that of other American comics artists. DuBay and Budd Lewis, co-created the time-traveling sci-fi Hero, The Rook in 1977. The Rook appeared in several issues of Eerie before getting his own title in 1979. The pair later created Time Castle Books, which reprinted all of the Rook stories in a series of beautiful, leather-bound graphic novels.

The Catacombs expresses is deepest condolences to his family, friends and many fans.


Anonymous said...

One of my favorite stories of Bill DuBay's was "Forgive Us Our Trespasses",from Eerie 62,winter 1975,drawn by the great Richard Corben.DuBay and Corben did to crime comic stories just like what F.F.Coppola and Martin Scorsese did to the mob movies.Sad to hear of his passing,yet another comic great gone to the big drawing board in the sky.Liam

Bill said...

Thanks for all the kind words about my dad - Bill DuBay, Jr.

Bill said...

Thanks Liam. That's a great compliment. My dad would have been extremely pleased to hear it -- Bill DuBay, Jr.