Thursday, May 16, 2024


Just heard that artist Don Perlin has passed away at the age of 94.

When I started working with him on Defenders in 1980, Don had been in the business for decades—he started in the late 1940s—but he never let the difference in our age or experience come between us: never talked down to me, never pulled rank. In fact, Don was such an enthusiastic collaborator, so bubbling with creative energy, that it sometimes seemed he was the wide-eyed new recruit, not me. We’d talk on the phone regularly and soon became friends: two kids from Brooklyn, separated by decades, but united by a love of comic books. If you’re working on a monthly series, you hope for an artist who’s a skilled visual storyteller. Don was certainly that—but he was also a warm, genuine human being.

Heartfelt condolences to Don's family and friends.

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