Static, Earth X Artist John Paul Leon Dies at 49

Static and Earth X artist John Paul Leon died at the age of 49 on May 1.

John Paul Leon, best known for his artwork for Static and Earth X, passed away on May 1 at the age of 49. The cause of death was not given.

The news came via Chris Conroy, a senior editor at DC Comics. “Last night we lost John Paul Leon, one of the greatest draftsmen in the history of comics, the kind of artist that EVERY artist revered. Those who loved him had some warning, but not enough,” he wrote on Twitter. “Because of the long gestation period of BATMAN: CREATURE OF THE NIGHT, working with JP just might have been one of the longest professional relationships of my career. Every minute of it was a joy. I’ve never worked with anyone as kind, as thoughtful, as dedicated.”

Leon started his career at the age of 16, illustrating for the Dragon and Dungeon magazines. His move to comics began with RoboCop (1992) and RoboCop: Prime Suspect (1992) for Dark Horse Comics. He then worked for DC Comics on Static (1993) and Static Shock!: Rebirth of the Cool (2001), helping launch the Milestone Comics Universe. He also worked on The Further Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix (1996), The Winter Men (2005) and Batman: Creature of the Night (2017). He was nominated for an Eisner along with Tom King for his work on the short story “Black Death in America,” which debuted in Vertigo’s CMYK: Black issue.

Leon also contributed artwork to a number of style guides for comic book films, including Superman Returns, Batman Begins, Green Lantern and The Dark Knight.

Source: Twitter, ComicBook.com

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