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 12:00 AM, 28-MARCH-07
  Batman Artist Rogers Is Dead

Marshall Rogers, the artist who was best known for his work on DC Comics' Batman and Marvel Comics' Silver Surfer, died on March 25 at the age of 57, Newsarama reported. The cause of death has not been disclosed to the media, according to a DC spokesman.

An alumnus of Kent State University in Ohio, where he studied architecture, the Flushing, N.Y., native worked on many different characters, but is perhaps best known for his Batman artwork in Detective Comics in the mid-1970s, on which he worked with writer and frequent collaborator Steve Englehart and inker Terry Austin. Their take on Batman is considered by many to be the definitive version of the character, returning him to the dark, brooding roots originally envisioned by creator Bob Kane.

Even though their Batman run was only six issues, the three laid the foundation for later Batman comics. Their stories include the classic "Laughing Fish" (in which the Joker's face appeared on fish); they were adapted for Batman: The Animated Series in the 1990s. Earlier drafts of the 1989 Batman movie with Michael Keaton as the Dark Knight were based heavily on their work.

Rogers also drew Marvel's Dr. Strange and G.I. Joe in the 1980s. He worked with Englehart on Coyote, Englehart's creator-owned comic, as well as Marvel's Silver Surfer. In 2005, he reunited with Englehart and Austin to reprise their work on Batman in the Batman: Dark Detective limited series.

In a press release, Paul Levitz, DC's president and publisher, said: "Marshall was one of the radical young stylists bringing new looks to DC in the 1970s, especially with his memorable collaboration with Steve Englehart on Batman. His debonair smile and charm were every bit as endearing as his art was energetic, and his colleagues at DC are all shocked to have a great artist pass so young."


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