A quiet giant within the comics industry has just passed: rest in peace, Russ Heath.
Coverage of Mr. Heath’s career and death at age 91 can be found here: Hollywood Reporter, and from within the comics-news arena here: Mark Evanier’s blog, Newsarama, The Beat, among several other fine sites providing coverage.
Two years ago I had the pleasure of interacting with Mr. Heath, and commissioning a special piece of artwork from him. You can re-read that memorable (for me) episode here: Russ Heath, My Best Man, and Me.
Everyone who loves comics is diminished by the loss of Russ Heath; everyone who loves comics is enriched by the significant and important body of work he leaves behind.