One day after we published his redesign of Squirrel Girl, Dave Simons passed away. Our love and condolences go out to all that knew him.
This is a bit about the brilliant artist, by his friend and colleague Mark Evanier.
Comic book and animation artist Dave Simons has died at the age of 54 following a long battle with cancer.
David Lloyd Simons was a native New Yorker with a childhood passion for comic books. Art teachers encouraged and advised him, and while he was serving in the Coast Guard in the seventies, he began attending classes conducted by one of Marvel’s star artists, John Buscema. Dave would later say he owed his career to those workshops, citing not only Buscema’s teaching but also the friendships he forged there with other young artists, including Armando Gil and Ken Landgraf. At a 1979 comic convention, he showed his work to Rick Marschall, who was then an editor for Marvel, and this led to Dave getting work at the company. His first assignment was inking a Falcon story that I wrote and which was pencilled by John’s brother, Sal Buscema.
Dave followed it with work on many Marvel titles including Howard the Duck, Tomb of Dracula, Ghost Rider, Red Sonja, Conan the Barbarian and many more, segueing from inking to also at times, pencilling. He also worked for DC and Disney, but by the early nineties, had moved more into animation work. Among the shows that featured his design and storyboard work were G.I. Joe Extreme, Captain Planet, Masters of the Universe, Exo-Squad and Courage the Cowardly Dog.
He was a very talented, enthusiastic artist. His work was well-liked and Dave was well-liked. A lot of folks are saddened to hear we’ve lost him.
Gene Colan worked with Dave Simons more than anyone, and he had some beautiful words to help us send him off.
In all the decades I’ve known Dave and worked with him, he never complained once. Never…about anything. Even with last year’s diagnosis, he remained spirited and helpful to his fellow artists, me among them! Adrienne and I loved Dave’s art. He had a thorough understanding of pen and ink. There was a joy in his art that beautifully transferred to the board.
We’re very very sad and will miss Dave deeply. I need to believe in Heaven. Perhaps we get all the art assignments we want, with no deadlines and anything we decide to draw is received with joy and celebration. A ‘bullpen’ where all we do is clown around and draw what we want. I think Dave would love that!
The comic books drawn by Dave Simons will live on, as long as people celebrate our modern myths. He brought us joy through superheroes, and now he flies into a story that cannot be told.