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Al Williamson
Birth: Mar. 21, 1931
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Jun. 12, 2010
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Artist Alfonso "Al" Williamson, 79, died Saturday, June 12, 2010 in New York City from Alzheimer's. One of comics' great masters passed away peacefully in his home with his wife Cori and son Victor by his side. Al was best known for his science fiction and fantasy work for EC Comics in the 1950's, including titles like Weird Science and Weird Fantasy, and for his work on Flash Gordon in the 1960's. He was nominated for and won numerous comics industry awards from the 1960's onward, notably eight Harvey Awards from 1988-1995 and an Eisner Hall of Fame Award in 2000.

Mr. Williamson was born March 21, 1931 in New York City, but moved to his father's homeland in Bogotá, Colombia when he was two years old. He stayed there until age 12, when his family relocated to San Francisco, later returning to New York. He soon broke into the comics market, becoming part of the EC Comics stable in 1952, where he often collaborated with Frank Frazetta, George Woodbridge, Roy Krenkel, Wallace Wood and other young artists in a close-knit group that was called "The Fleagle Gang." In 1966 he helped launch a new Flash Gordon series, and later took over Secret Agent X-9, which soon changed it's title to Secret Agent Corrigan, a project he continued until leaving the strip in 1980. In the mid-1980's he transitioned to being primarily an inker, working first at DC but later settling at Marvel.

Williamson's skill at illustrating science fiction served him well throughout his career, which included adaptations of Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Flash Gordon, and Blade Runner, as well as original material set in the Star Wars universe. 
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