Thursday, June 7, 2012

In Memorium: Robert L. Washington III

Static #1 (June 1993)

Writer Robert L. Washington III, who co-created and wrote the first year of “Static” for DC Comics Milestone imprint with Dwayne McDuffie and artist John Paul Leon, passed away yesterday after suffering multiple heart attacks. He was only forty-seven. His other series work included Shadow Cabinet, Extreme Justice, Timewalker, and Ninjak. Washington had difficulty securing work within the industry after the mid-1990s implosion. He had even been homeless a few times, receiving assistance from The Hero Initiative for basic living expenses. He detailed his situation in his final work, a one-page autobiographical strip he contributed to "Hero Comics 2012", a charity comic released last week to help raise money for the organization that had previously aided him. The Catacombs extends its condolences to his family, friends and fans.

1 comment:

Tony Laplume said...

He wrote the final two issues of Extreme Justice, which featured the in-continuity debut of the Wonder Twins. That was always a series I enjoyed. And to have created (or co-created) Static is a big deal that he should have gotten a lot of attention for, considering the character was the biggest success of the Milestone comics line. Sad what happened to him, and sad to hear that he's gone.