UK Comic Artist and Colourist...
I have just heard yet more sad news from the UK Comics Fraternity this morning.
Steve Whitaker has died suddenly and unexpectedly. Reports say that he had been feeling unwell and was placed in a taxi to go to the doctors, by his father. He collapsed whilst in the taxi, was resuscitated by his doctor outside the surgery, and was rushed to hospital but then died later either on route or at the hospital. It is suspected he may have had a stroke. He was only 52.
I first remember seeing Steve’s work when he was producing artwork for Harrier Comics on their "Swiftsure" comic in the mid eighties. I remember Steve being a large guy and remember that his size always gave him a presence at any of the venues frequented by the London comics scene in the 80's and early 90's and that at 6ft 4in, he was very hard to miss in his “trademark” long dark overcoat.
He was a world-class colourist and worked on diverse projects like children’s books for Lady Bird Books, DC Comics’ coloured edition of V for Vendetta to name but two in long and varied career.
He was involved on a regular basis with Oxford's annual alternative comics convention CAPTION here in the UK, where he taught workshops.
Steve is the latest comic artist, taken long before their time in recent years.
Until next time have fun!
February 23rd 2008