Lee Moder, Comedian Artist and Stargirl Co-Creator, Has Died

Lee Moder, an iconic comedian artist who’s finest identified for creating the character of Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl, passes away on the age of 53.

Lee Moder, an iconic comedian e book artist who is maybe finest identified for co-creating the character of Courtney Whitmore (who then went on to turn into often known as Stargirl), has handed away.

In keeping with ComicBook.com, Moder handed away on or round Jan. 15, 2023, on the age of 53. The reason for loss of life is just not identified at the moment.

Moder created the character of Courtney Whitmore with Geoff Johns in 1999, along with her first look being in 1999’s Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #0. He additionally labored on DC titles corresponding to Surprise Girl, Batman: The Final Angel and Legion of Superheroes. He is moreover identified for engaged on Marvel’s X-Pressure, Prime Cow Productions’ Dragon Prince, Dynamite’s Highlander and plenty of different titles.

In 2011, Moder and author Ron Marz (who had beforehand collaborated on Dragon Prince) created Shinku, a Japanese vampire epic printed by Picture Comics. “Ron calls me up one night time a few years in the past and asks me if I would wish to get in on a brand new thought for a e book about vampires in Japan,” Moder advised CBR shortly after the discharge of Shinku #1. “Now, there’s two ideas that I hadn’t heard earlier than when occupied with what would make a cool comedian e book: ‘vampire’ and ‘Japan.’ So, already I knew this was going to be one thing I hadn’t carried out earlier than. Proper off the bat, we had been speaking concerning the character of Shinku and what would she appear to be, what the look and tone of the e book could be.”

“The business misplaced a beautiful expertise with the passing of Lee Moder,” Johns stated of Moder’s passing. “He was the primary artist I ever collaborated with on my first comedian e book, Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E., which launched Courtney Whitmore, AKA Stargirl. Lee co-created Courtney and her world with me, together with re-imagining the previous 1940’s Pat Dugan Stripesy into S.T.R.I.P.E. He embodied the heat, energy, magnificence and comedy he put into all his artwork. We had a lot enjoyable. I will miss Lee very a lot.”

“I am simply numb,” Marz stated. “I inform tales for a dwelling, and this isn’t how tales are supposed to finish. Lee wasn’t simply somebody I collaborated with, he was a pal, he was nearly part of my household. He stayed at my home, he drew at my kitchen desk with my children. His work had such life and pleasure to it. Each mission we did collectively was a blessing, however they’re solely the tip of the iceberg. Lee had stacks of sketchbooks stuffed with authentic characters and ideas and designs, full story arcs. There are total points that he drew after which put aside as a result of he wasn’t fairly happy, however I can completely inform you they’re superb. I hope the world will get to see all that stuff as a part of Lee’s legacy. It is too stunning to stay hidden. Lee was an inexhaustible supply of creation. My creativeness is just not able to understanding that he is gone.”

These desirous to honor Lee’s reminiscence are requested to donate to the Hero Initiative.

Supply: ComicBook.com