Comics historian and illustrator Greg Theakston has died

Comics historian and illustrator Greg Theakston has died

It’s being reported that Greg Theakston passed away on April 22.

Theakston-- occasionally working under the pseudonym Earl P. Wooten-- was an illustrator who worked with legends like Jim Starlin, Jim Steranko, and Jacob Kirby, and had credits on titles such as Omega Men, Super Powers, and Mad Magazine. He also had his own imprint named Pure Imagination, which focused on comic preservation.

In addition to his work in the industry, Theakston was a comics historian and a pioneer of the restoration process. He wrote thousands of words about his longtime colleague Jack Kirby, and introduced what has become known as the “Theakstonizing” process in comic book restoration, wherein color is bleached from old comic pages in the process of restoring the images.

He was 65.

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