Legendary comic book artist John Paul Leon passed away Saturday night at the age of 49. Leon began his career in art at Dark Horse Comics. But it was 1993 when he truly become a name among comic fame when he teamed with the late great Dwayne McDuffie on the comic Static under the Milestone imprint. This comic would eventually give birth the the cartoon Static Shock, which aired on the afternoon cartoon slate Kids’ WB.
John Paul Leon was nominated for an Eisner for worked he did along with Tom King on a short story titled Black Death in America that appeared in Vertigo’s CMYK: Black. Leon would contribute to other great books throughout his career, working at both Marvel and DC Comics on such titles as Earth-X, Mother Panic, and Batman: Creature of the Night. He most recently worked with Tom King on the upcoming Batman/Catwoman special, releasing in July.
Thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends at this time. He will be greatly missed by comic fans everywhere.