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Steve Gerber
« on: February 12, 2008, 12:49:37 PM »
I just read this, how sad....


From Newsarama

After a battle with pulmonary fibrosis, acclaimed and beloved writer Steve Gerber died on Sunday from complications due to his condition. The news was confirmed by a close acquaintance. He was 60 years old.

Gerber was a comics fan all his life, having started the fanzine Headline in his early teens, and eventually finding work as a writer at Marvel in the early '70s, working under Roy Thomas. Amid the work that was coming out of Marvel at the time, Gerber found his own, unique voice which often mixed the usual superhero tropes with satire, commentary and an absurdist sense of humor. During his early days at Marvel, Gerber is best remembered for writing The Defenders and Man-Thing, and of course, creating Howard the Duck and Omega the Unknown and having notable runs with many Marvel characters, from Shanna the She-Devil to the Guardians of the Galaxy, Son of Satan, and Tales of the Zombie. In many ways, Gerber was 1970s Marvel. It was his unpredictable, groundbreaking work and strong desire to stray from the beaten path throughout the '70s that made Gerber a role model for the next two-plus generations of comic book and other writers, including Michael Chabon and Glen David Gold.

After leaving Marvel in 1979, Gerber became something of a journeyman in comics, putting in time with some of DC Comics heroes, but most notably, being present at the forefront of the "independent revolution" of the 1980s. When it came to "mainstream" superhero comics of the time, Gerber was as loud a voice (or louder) advocating change and modernization as the legends of the day such as his friend and colleague, Frank Miller.

Many of Gerber's larger plans did not come to fruition and, like many creators at the time who found that comics had seemingly passed them by, Gerber turned his attention to animation and television in the '80s, writing for Dungeons and Dragons, Transformers, Star Trek: The Next Generation ("Contagion"), G.I. Joe and Thundarr the Barbarian, which he created.

Following up on his independent work from the '80s, Gerber was one of the founders of Malibu's Ultraverse, and for a period, found a home writing a handful of Image Comics titles. Gerber's work throughout the '90s was an eclectic mix, always quirky and always very personal.

More recently, Gerber returned to Marvel to write a Howard the Duck miniseries for its MAX imprint. He had also recently returned to DC, where he had created the acclaimed series Hard Time for the publisher's failed DC Focus line. Since that time, Gerber had largely taken up residence in the DC Universe's more "mystical" side, writing the Dr. Fate story which was contained in the Countdown to Mystery miniseries.

Recently on his blog Gerber had been keeping his friends and fans appraised of his condition. In an interview about Dr. Fate here at Newsarama in September, Gerber discussed his health with characteristic frankness and humor, saying:

"It's just a fact of life, it's something I have to deal with. Naturally, I'd be very happy if there were, you know, a 'cure' for this, but there isn't. I've got fibrosis of the lungs, and it's a…so far slow-but-progressive disease that, if not treated, will ultimately off me.

"I'm moving toward getting on the lung transplant list at UCLA. And, hopefully, I will have a newly-refurbished pair of lungs (laughs) to breathe with in a little while. We'll see what happens.

"It's almost funny…I really do have a sick sense of humor about some of this stuff. (laughs) Part of me wants to go for the sympathy ploy. Put a picture of me on the cover of Countdown to Mystery with a gun to my head, or a plastic bag over it, and the caption, 'Buy this magazine or this writer will never breathe again!' The old National Lampoon gag."

Gerber's last post on his blog was from a week ago, noting that he was working through the night on a Dr. Fate script.

Newsarama extends its deepest condolences to Gerber's friends and family. He will be missed. 
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Re: Steve Gerber
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2008, 05:06:40 PM »
Yeah I read this today too.  It's really sad.

To me, Steve's work for Marvel formed the best of 1970's Marvel comics.

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Re: Steve Gerber
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2008, 06:07:44 PM »
Yeah, it's a shame. He really stood up for creator's rights against "The Man", but we all know how that plays out. Howard the Duck has the distinction of being the only comic book I ever subscribed to. I had such a hard time finding it at Dooley's Pharmacy, where I rode my bike to buy my comics, so I subscribed.

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Re: Steve Gerber
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2008, 06:31:44 PM »
Wow, that's sad news. I was never much of a Marvel guy growing up, but I do have a near complete run of Man-Thing...

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Re: Steve Gerber
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2008, 11:51:43 PM »
This is sad news. I was a fan of his work when I used to collect comics. I did both Marvel and DC. I did like Man Thing and Howard The Duck and Son Of Satan. All of them very original ideas. Comic books aren't what they used to be. I only collect Wonder Woman now. Stan Lee used to refer to him as Steve "Baby" Gerber. He will leave a void in the comic industry.
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Re: Steve Gerber
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2008, 10:54:54 AM »
I loved some of the exposition he had in his story telling.  I felt like I was really getting all the bang for my .20 when I turned a page in a comic and it was filled with words framed by art work.  I seemed to like the more off the wall characters and Steve always delivered!  His comics made me actually READ!

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Re: Steve Gerber
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2008, 10:54:54 AM »
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