Monday, March 19, 2012

In Memorium: Fran Matera

Tribune photo by Scott Iskowitz

Adding to the roster of what has been a rough month for genre fans, comes news that another golden age artist has passed away. Francis "Fran" Matera (December 9, 1924-March 15, 2012) was best known for his syndicated work on Steve Roper and Mike Nomad for King Features from 1984 to 2004. In addition to his extensive experience in newspaper strips providing art on such classics as Kerry Drake, Dickie Dare, Mr. Holiday, Nero Wolfe, Rex Morgan M.D., Judge Parker, Apartment 3-G and Indiana Jones, Matera also spent many years in the comic book industry, particularly for Charlton Comics on series like Fightin’ Marines, Gabby Hayes and Speed Demons. The Catacombs extends its condolences to his family, friends and fans.


Don Hudson said...

Judging by the studio photo, It looks like he was active and working before his passing. That is what I would want for myself.

Chuck Wells said...

Hugh Hefner apparently subscribes to this idea as well, Don; so I'm gonna shoot for his version of a perpetually active lifestyle.