Longtime DC and Charlton Comics artist Sam Glanzman has passed away.
Indie comics artist Drew Ford, who had set up a GoFundMe to help Glanzman's family pay for his hospice care, confirmed the news tonight.
"It is my sad duty to inform you that on Wednesday, July 12th, at 2:30am, Sam Glanzman passed away," Ford wrote. "No other information is available at this time. I will be following up with information about the funeral shortly. In lieu of sending cards and flowers, his wife Sue asks that you instead contribute to the GoFundMe page we currently have running."
Besides helping to pay for his care, Ford is in the early stages of assembling a Sam Glanzman tribute book, which will be covered by some of the funds from the campaign.
"The situation does not look good, and his wife Sue asked me if I could please put all my other projects on hold, to help her put together a Sam Glanzman tribute book," Ford wrote when the artist entered hospice care earlier this month.
Ford said tonight that he has still not gathered many tributes and remembrances, and suggested that those who would like to be included contact him via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), with the subject line "SAM GLANZMAN TRIBUTE - LAST NAME, FIRST NAME."
The GoFundMe campaign will both support the Glanzman family and help to pay for the tribute book's production. The campaign includes rewards that include copies of the book, original art and sketches from Glanzman, and more.
"Sam wouldn't want us walking around feeling bad about how things are," Ford wrote. "This tribute book is being put together to celebrate his life and accomplishments! He would want us to think of him and his stories, and smile."
Glanzman, a veteran himself, is best known for war comics, most notably his runs on features like Sgt. Rock and Haunted Tank. Later in life, he would produce original works like War Diary and Sailor's Story.
“Sam Glanzman is one of the most neglected stars,” Stan Lee once said.“It’s a shame that a talent like his has been so overlooked when writing about those who made comic books the exciting medium they are.”
You can check out the campaign at the link above.