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Tom Spurgeon, Comics Journalist, Dead at 50

By | November 13th, 2019
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Tom Spurgeon, founder/editor in chief of The Comics Reporter, died today at the age of 50. His death has been reported by friends and coworkers on Twitter; no cause of death is known yet.

Spurgeon wrote about comics for the past 37 years, most notably as the editor of The Comics Journal from 1994 to 1999. His website, the Comics Reporter, is, frankly, one of the best resources for quality comics writing anywhere.

Portrait by Michael Netzer

It is hard to put into words exactly what Spurgeon means to the comics world. He was as close as the industry has to a Walter Cronkite or Dan Rather, yet he wasn’t some distant icon. He was accessible and present, always a tweet away. His tastes were broad and deep, and he was as great a champion as a creator could ask for.

He was also an incredibly supportive elder statesmen for budding comics journalists of all stripes. On a personal level, he was always very nice to Multiversity, even when we disagreed over something. When Multiversity was nominated for an Eisner in 2014, he sent former Editor in Chief Matthew Meylikhov a note of congratulations, a generous and classy move from a guy who was not nominated that year. It’s not that his work wasn’t worthy of nomination; he asked to not be nominated anymore, as he did not want to take away from others winning. That is the kind of guy Tom was.

It is not hyperbolic to say that the comics discourse, not just in the United States, but worldwide, will never be the same without Tom there to help guide it to better and more thoughtful places.

Rest in peace, Tom. You will be greatly missed. Below is just a sampling of the outpouring of love from the comics internet on Twitter.

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And, finally, here is a (blurry) shot of Tom and the aforementioned Matt Meylikhov on a panel together at San Diego Comic Con 2014.


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Brian Salvatore

Brian Salvatore is an editor, podcaster, reviewer, writer at large, and general task master at Multiversity. When not writing, he can be found playing music, hanging out with his kids, or playing music with his kids. He also has a dog named Lola, a rowboat, and once met Jimmy Carter. Feel free to email him about good beer, the New York Mets, or the best way to make Chicken Parmagiana (add a thin slice of prosciutto under the cheese).

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