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Cartoonist Gray Morrow Passes

Illustrator and cartoonist Gray Morrow (born Dwight Graydon Morrow, 1934) passed away at his home in central Pennsylvania on Tuesday, November 6, 2001. Although he had suffered with health problems the last few years, his death was unexpected. "Gray was both a participant in and a witness to comics history," said Insight Studios Group's Mark Wheatley, who edited GRAY MORROW VISIONARY, published last summer. "He was a master illustrator who had the respect and friendship of his peers. His wealth of talent, which enabled him to build an astonishingly deep catalog of work in different areas of illustration, serves as a fitting legacy for his diverse career." Morrow worked for almost every comic publisher in the United States during his long career, first as a freelance artist for DC, Marvel and others and later as editor, writer and artist for Archie Comics, Red Circle Sorcery and Mad-House Comics. He was a regular cover artist for Warren, and was probably best known for his work on the Warren horror books, CREEPY and EERIE. Gray Morrow's cover paintings for paperback books, as well as his many posters for motion pictures, established him as a popular illustrator outside of the comic book field. He also had a career in animation, working as a layout artist for shows such as SPIDER-MAN and ROCKET ROBIN HOOD. He also worked with Ralph Bakshi on WIZARDS and FRITZ THE CAT. Morrow recently appeared at the Baltimore Comic-Con less than two weeks before he died. He was greeted by many of his fans and spent the day sketching and autographing his many published comics, magazines and books.