Well it has been a while .... but unfortunately it has been a tough week for genre fans with back to back
losses of a pair of genre icons. Artist Basil Gogos was best known for his
incredible portraits of movie monsters which had appeared on the covers
of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine during the 1960s and 1970s. His death was announced on September 14,
although I’m not sure if that was his actually death or not. And several days prior to his passing well known writer
and editor Len Wein who was best known for having co-created DC Comics' Swamp
Thing and Marvel Comics' Wolverine, for helping revive the
Marvel superhero team the X-Men (including co-creation
of Nightcrawler, Storm and Colossus) and additionally, he was
the editor on writer Alan Moore and illustrator Dave Gibbons'
influential DC miniseries Watchmen. Wein passed away on September 10,
2017. The Catacombs extends its sincerest condolences to the families, friends
and fans of each of these fine men. I am very glad to have had an opportunity
to meet each of them previously.