It is Cult Faction’s sad duty to report that John Paul Leon has passed away at the age of 49 years old. No cause of death ahs been revealed.
It was at the age of 16 years old that Leon’s takents were first noticed and this resulted in him providing a series of black and white illustrations for TSR’s Dragon and Dungeon magazines. he went on to major in illustration at New York’s School of Visual Arts, studying under artists such as Will Eisner, Walter Simonson, and Jack Potter.
His comic career began with Robocop in 1992 and 1993’s RoboCop: Prime Suspect for Dark Horse Comics, and soon led to Static for DC Comics/Milestone series Static. This in turn led to work on Superman, Batman, X-Men, Logan: Path of the Warlord, The Further Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix, Earth X, Grendel: Devil’s Toll, Batman: Creature of the Night and Challengers of the Unknown.
Many have paid respect on social media:
We join the rest of the comics community in grieving the loss of John Paul Leon, an irreplaceable artist who was taken too soon. From the birth of Milestone to Batman: Creature of the Night and many others—thank you for sharing your beautiful work with the world. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/WBaiIGBfVk
— DC (@DCComics) May 3, 2021
John Paul Leon passed away yesterday at the way too early age of 49. One of the greatest artists of our generation, he was also one of the nicest & most talented creators one could be lucky enough to have met. So young & still creating the very best work of his career. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/HqMTqW1q1k
— Jim Lee (@JimLee) May 3, 2021
It seems the news is out.
Last night we lost John Paul Leon, one of the greatest draftsmen in the history of comics, the kind of artist that EVERY artist revered. Those who loved him had some warning, but not enough. pic.twitter.com/1x73cComE7
— Chris Conroy (@ConroyForReal) May 2, 2021
(1/2) Early in my career, I had the honor of working on a short story with the transcendent artist John Paul Leon who passed away last night. It was published in black and white and was nominated for an Eisner. The art is perfect. Here it is full. pic.twitter.com/w5N2oUcd29
— Tom King (@TomKingTK) May 2, 2021