Beatty left the message last
night. He'd just received word that
Zaffino had died of a heart
attack. He was only 45.
I've been a fan of Jorge
Zaffino since I first discovered
his work years ago in a very cool mini-series
Winterworld [still one of
my all-time favorite stories].
may be best known for his work on The
Punisher. He completed a hardbound
graphic novel as well as some issues
of the Punisher monthly comic.
work also appeared in Batman: Black
and White and other comic anthologies
and special projects [which he preferred]
in the US as well as comics in Argentina
Zaffino's art was stark, bold
and so very powerful. He didn't follow
the trend of lots of lines and over-rendering
and consequently was never considered
a fan favorite... until you spoke with
artists and writers. Chuck
Dixon called Jorge
"a true artist's artist."
Truman said he was an "amazing
artist" and Mike
Manley was quoted as saying,
"His work will stand the test of
time and that is the mark of true talent."
I'm saddened for Jorge's
family and friends. I'm also sorry for
his fans around the world who will no
longer have the good fortune to see
new art from him. [I'd always hoped
to see Jorge
represented in the SZ Art Gallery.
Can you imagine what his version of
Jack Carter or Rambo would
have looked like?]
God bless Jorge
Zaffino, his family, friends
and fans. Like Mike
Manley said, "His work
will stand the test of time."