Animation, Comics Writer Dwayne McDuffie Dies


Dwayne McDuffie, a writer and producer who contributed to comic books and such animated series as Static Shock, Justice League, Ben 10 and the just-released All-Star Superman, has died.

According to the website Comic Book Resources, McDuffie died from complications related to a surgical procedure McDuffie underwent Monday night.

McDuffie began his career in comic books, working on staff at Marvel and moving on to write numerous titles for the publisher as well as creating the series Damage Control, about a company that specializes in cleaning up the wreckage left behind by superheroes’ battles. In 1992, he became a founding partner in Milestone Media, a company that created and published comics starring African-American, Asian and Latino superhero characters. McDuffie wrote or co-wrote most of the company’s titles, including Hardware, Icon and Static.

He made the transition to animation through Static Shock, a series based on the Static comic book series. He went on to write episodes of Teen Titans, Scooby-Doo and Ben 10.

He wrote the screenplay for All-Star Superman, an animated feature based on the Grant Morrison-Frank Quitely comic book series. McDuffie appeared last week at premiere events for the movie, which is being released today on Blu-ray and DVD today.

A native of Detroit, McDuffie is survived by his wife.

  • The Chief Geek

    Oh no. Mr. McDuffie was scheduled to appear at Reggie Hudlin’s launch party at L.A.’s Golden Apple today. I’ve been a fan of McDuffie’s work since the Milestone days, and followed any books he penned.

    I just hope a full investigation is made on the cause of his death under doctors care.

    He will be sorely missed and his talent cannot be replaced.
    –The Chief Geek

  • shakeem winn

    He was a true inspiration. One of the african americans in the field to break into the mainstream of comics and animation and actually succeed with the strength of a tiger. His work cain the field cannot be overstated or underestimated. He was a giant and we will never see his like again. R.I.p mr. Mcduffie and thank you for all the great memories. You will be sorely missed.

  • Shakeem Winn

    i hope they make a documentary about this man so, that more people can discover who he was and the contributions he made to the industry.