I just heard that artist Dave Stevens has died of Leukemia. I hadn't even realized that he'd been ill though I hadn't seen much work by him in the last few years.
He was an amazing artist and creator of "The Rocketeer", also well known for his lovely pinups. I never could afford one of his originals but am happy to have a signed print of one of my favorite pieces by him of Vampirella (and just realized he drew his own tombstone in the lower right corner) and I got to meet him some years back at one of the Chiller conventions. He was as handsome and friendly as he was talented.
A very sad loss to the art world :(