RIP: Dwayne McDuffie

I was really surprised to read the news that comics turned anime writer died today of complications from an operation. He was an excellent writer. I really loved his work on Justice League Unlimited and movies like Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths and the new All Star Superman movie.

McDuffie got his start in comics as a member of Marvel’s editorial staff in the 1980s. While an editor at Marvel, McDuffie began writing the Damage Control miniseries and helped to revamp the Deathlok character. Eventually, McDuffie began writing full-time and would help create the Milestone comics universe at DC. Milestone was a separate line that featured minority heroes such as Static, Hardware, and Icon. In recent years, McDuffie began writing for cartoons as well, including a cartoon adaptation of his Static character, Static Shock. He also served as the story editor on the immensely popular Justice League Unlimited cartoon and a writer on Ben 10: Alien Force. McDuffie also wrote the DC Comics straight-to-DVD animated feature Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, as well as an adaptation of All-Star Superman that was released on DVD and Blu-ray today.

I didn’t know him that well but we traded friendly e-mails over the years. This is sad news.

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  2. It’s very sad when someone with a young family dies so suddenly.

    McDuffie is leaving behind a nice legacy as one of the pillars of the DC Animated Team but you have to wonder how much farther he could have gone on.

    I still think we should be focusing our thoughts and prayers on his wife and kids. To lose a husband and father like that is pretty devastating…

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