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Gahan Wilson, Macabre Cartoonist, Dead at 89

By | November 22nd, 2019
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Gahan Wilson in 2008

American author, cartoonist and illustrator Gahan Wilson died yesterday, according to his family’s GoFundMe page. He was 89. The notice reads, “The world has lost a legend. One of the very best cartoonists to ever pick up a pen and paper has passed on. He went peacefully – surrounded by those who loved him.”

Born in Evanston, Illinois, on February 18, 1930, Wilson’s dark, horror-inspired cartoons and prose stories regularly appeared in the pages of Playboy, Collier’s and The New Yorker. He also created the comic strip “Nuts,” a darker, more cynical answer to “Peanuts” which ran in National Lampoon magazine.

As well as his work as a cartoonist, Wilson illustrated Jerome Beatty Jr.’s children’s science fiction series Matthew and Maria Looney, and Roger Zelazny’s final book, the 1993 gothic homage A Night in the Lonesome October. He also designed the World Fantasy Convention Award in 1975, which was modeled after his idol H.P. Lovecraft.

Wilson was married to author Nancy Winters from 1966 until her death on March 2, 2019. He was diagnosed with dementia, and had been living with her in an assisted living facility in Arizona until her death, which required his family to raise funds to move him to a memory care unit. He is survived by his stepsons, as well as his daughter-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.


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