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Monday, November 27, 2006

He was the best there is at what he does - Dave Cockrum 1943-2006

Wearing Superman pajamas and covered with his Batman blanket, comic book illustrator Dave Cockrum died Sunday.

At Marvel Comics, Cockrum and writer Len Wein were handed the X-Men. The comic had been created in 1963 as a group of young outcasts enrolled in an academy for mutants. The premise had failed to capture fans.

Cockrum and Wein added their own heroes to the comic and published "Giant-Size X-Men No. 1" in 1975. Many signature characters Cockrum designed and co-created -- such as Storm, Mystique, Nightcrawler and Colossus -- went on to become part of the "X-Men" films.

"Dave saw the movie and he cried -- not because he was bitter," a family friend said. "He cried because his characters were on screen and they were living."

And they shall live on forever Dave. Thanks for everything.

Excelsior Dave!

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