Dwayne MacDuffie Passes Away
Dwayne McDuffie has passed away.
Comic book fans will no doubt be aware of McDuffie through his work in animation and comic books. Notably, he was a co-creator of DC Comics’ “Milestone” line, an effort to bring minorities more exposure in the super-hero Universe. Though the line eventually folded, characters such as Static endured and set a standard for ethnic awareness amongst a largely whitebread industry that resonates to this day.
It would be no exaggeration to say that as far as portrayals of race and race representation are considered, McDuffie dragged the industry kicking and screaming into the 21st Century.
In addition to his work with Milestone, McDuffie was a cult favorite for his production work on the animated “Justice League Unlimited” series, as well as many other critically and commercially successful DC Comics direct-to-video animated features. He also had stints writing “Justice League of America” for DC Comics and “Fantastic Four” for Marvel Comics.
News broke through the blogosphere and Twitter, with many creators expressing their condolences. From all accounts, he was a gentleman with an unparalleled work ethic and vision.
No cause of death has been released as of this writing.