Dwayne McDuffie Passes Away

The creator of 'Static Shock' and comic industry legend dies suddenly.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Dwayne McDuffie Passes Away

Several reports are circulating that Dwayne McDuffie has passed away.

According to Comic Book Resources, McDuffie died Monday night from complications due to a surgical procedure.

In comics, McDuffie got his start at Marvel in the ’80s as an editor and later emerged as a writer on Deathlok and the cult classic, Damage Control. In the early ’90s, McDuffie and several other African American comic creators formed Milestone Media to combat the lack of diversity among superheroes and in the industry itself. Through DC, McDuffie co-created and published several characters, including Icon, Hardware and Static; which was later adapted into an animated series called "Static Shock."

McDuffie’s most recent comic work came with stints on Fantastic Four at Marvel and Justice League of America at DC. However, most of McDuffie’s later career focused on animation. He wrote several episodes of the "Static Shock" series and even won a Humanitas prize for one of his scripts. McDuffie was also the story editor for the wildly popular "Justice League Unlimited" series and produced and wrote for the hit franchise "Ben 10" through multiple incarnations.

The recently released "All-Star Superman" animated movie was also written by McDuffie, who last week confirmed that he has written at least one more currently unannounced animated movie. McDuffie also wrote the "Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths" animated film which came out last year.

We at Crave Online extend our best wishes to McDuffie’s friends and family. His legacy will not be forgotten.