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Dwayne McDuffie passes away

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The African-American comic pioneer and founder of Milestone Media was 49...

Dwayne McDuffie

The comic book industry and the field of animated television bids adieu to comic creator/writer/producer Dwayne McDuffie, who passed away this morning from complications related to surgery at the age of 49.

McDuffie was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, where he attended Roeper School and the University of Michigan, earning an undergraduate degree in English, and a graduate degree in physics. He then attended film school at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In the 80s, he started working as an assistant for Bob Budiansky at Marvel Comics, where he scripted stories. In early 1990, McDuffie became a freelancer and wrote stories for Marvel, DC, and Archie Comics.

In 1992, he co-founded Milestone Media, a comic book company owned by African-Americans, with a publishing deal with DC Comics. This is where McDuffie debuted the character Static. According to McDuffie:

McDuffie's beloved creation - Static Shock“If you do a black character or a female character or an Asian character, then they aren't just that character. They represent that race or that sex, and they can't be interesting because everything they do has to represent an entire block of people. You know, Superman isn't all white people and neither is Lex Luthor. We knew we had to present a range of characters within each ethnic group, which means that we couldn't do just one book. We had to do a series of books and we had to present a view of the world that's wider than the world we've seen before.”

In 2000, his creation Static received its own animated series, Static Shock. Over the next decade McDuffie worked on other series, including Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, Teen Titans, What’s New, Scooby-Doo, and Ben 10. He was nominated for daytime Emmy awards for Static Shock and, in 2005, he was nominated for the Writers Guild of America award in animation, along with Rich Fogel and John Ridley, for the "Starcrossed" episode of Justice League.

McDuffie later expanded his work in the field of comics even further, writing for Batman, Fantastic Four, and Justice League of America. He had recently been doing promotion for the release of his co-creation All-Star Superman on DVD, and had been scheduled to do a signing at Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles before his untimely death.

We at Shadowlocked give our support to his friends and loved ones in their time of mourning.

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See also:

Joe Simon, co-creator of Captain America, dies at 98


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