It is with heavy heart we share the news of beloved comic creator, Keith Giffen, who died of a stroke Monday 09 October 2023.
Giffen began making his mark on the comics medium in the 1970s at both Marvel and DC Comics, primarily as an artist. He’d go to become a well-renowned writer in the 1980s, working on titles like Legion of Super-Heroes, Doom Patrol and Justice League International. Modern comics fans may be more familiar with Annihilation – an event he wrote for Marvel Comics which launched in 2006 and is still considered to be one of the publisher’s greatest stories, reinvigorating their cosmic landscape for the better. What we have today, is definitely thanks to his contributions to Marvel.
Over the decades, he created or co-created countless characters, including Marvel’s Rocket Raccoon and Jack of Hearts, as well as fan-favourite characters Lobo, Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes), Ambush Bug, Batwoman (Kate Kane) and Maxwell Lord for DC. He even won the prestigious Ink Pot Award back in 1991 – given to individuals for their contributions to the worlds of comics, science fiction/fantasy, film, television, animation, and fandom services.
Thank you, Keith. Your stories will live on forever. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends during this extremely difficult time.
To hear us celebrate some of his legacy, tune into this week’s episode of the Geekable Podcast.