It is with heavy heart that I report the death of comic artist Mike Wieringo. His exuberant style only briefly graced the New Warriors, and even then, only peripherally, but his talent and personality will be missed within the comic book industry and among those who knew him personally. My sincere condolences.
Newsarama is reporting that Wieringo suffered a severe heart attack yesterday.
Wieringo became the regular artist on Sensational Spider-Man back in 1996 during Ben Reilly’s final months as Spider-Man. His handling of issues #8-11 followed a successful run on DC Comics’ Flash and Robin. He remained as artist of Sensational Spider-Man until 1998, where he went on to co-create Tellos with Sensational writer Todd DeZago. The creator-owned series was published through Image Comics in 1999 and 2000 and garnered much acclaim. Wieringo returned to DC Comics in 2001 to become the regular artist on Adventures of Superman. In 2003, he was reunited with Flash writer Mark Waid for a highly-praised run on Fantastic Four. Following a brief return to his creation with DeZago in Tales of Tellos from Image Comics, Wieringo moved to Marvel’s flagship character to collaborate with writer Peter David on The Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. It was during this run that Wieringo drew a series of variant covers during The Other crossover. Two featured Ben Reilly, one as the Scarlet Spider and another as Spider-Man.
Click through to see more samples of his New Warriors-related work, including sketches of Nova and Power Pack.
Nova sketch courtesy of Doug Smith’s Nova Prime Page.
Power Pack sketch courtesy of Mike Wieringo’s deviantart page.
Preview of the variant cover for Marvel Knights Spider-Man #20 featuring the Scarlet Spider.