Al Williamson 1931-2010
One of comics’ great masters passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, with his wife Cori and son, Victor by his side. Al Williamson was 79 years old and had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 1999.
Born in New York, Williamson spent his early life in Bogota Columbia where he began a life-long love affair with comics; especially those illustrated by Alex Raymond. He studied with Burne Hogarth at the Cartoonists and Illustrators School where he met his life-long friend and mentor, Roy Krenkel. He broke into EC Comics at the age of 21 and spent the fifties turning out sf, western and adventure comics for many New York publishers.
As good as he was, Williamson upped his game considerably by spending three years in Mexico assisting John Prentice on the Rip Kirby strip. By the mid-sixties Williamson’s Alex Raymond influenced style was at its breathtaking peak. He took over the Secret Agent X-9 strip and produced a series of Flash Gordon comic books for Gold Key that many consider definitive.
Williamson went on to illustrate a number of film adaptions for Star Wars and other franchises. Beginning in the 1990′s he focused primarily on inking and was in constant demand right through to the end of his career.