Mark Evanier is reporting that Jim Mooney has passed away. Jim was a talented artist – not flashy, but had a style that brought a level of softness and humanity to characters that is rarely found in the work of others. He was the artist on Omega the Unknown, a book hit me at a vital time and meant a lot with me, and had a lot to do with my becoming a comics creator. (That book was co-written by Steve Gerber, who passed away a few weeks back; it makes me want to call the other co-writer, Mary Skrenes, and make sure she has a health check-up.)
Jim lived a long life, so this is not a tragedy – but even as someone who only briefly met the man, it’s worth taking a moment to remember his fine comics.