M.D. Bright has passed away

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  1. ToaofAmpere

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    Sad to see such a talented artist pass, I've seen some of his work over the years and his artwork was truly inspiring, May he rest in peace, Til all are One.
     
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    Sad news, sadly we are getting to that time where those talents from the 80's are leaving us. I've almost lost count of how many 2000AD stalwarts we've lost of the past 3-4 years. That cover and those issues are iconic and really cemented Shockwave as a stone cold logical bastard and a force to be reckoned with in the comics.

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    We're losing a lot of talented people this year, it's very sad. I have issue #5 signed by Budiansky framed on my wall, it's an iconic piece of work and I'm pleased to see so his contributions to art and culture are valued by so many. I wish his friends and family all the best.
     
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    So sad to learn of his passing. RIP
     
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    M.D. Bright was also the cover- and interior artist for IDW's Spotlight: Nightbeat. And I strongly suspect he drew the panel in Marvel Comics Transformers #6 where Shockwave crashes through the mountain after being shot by Megatron.

    Only Alan Kupperberg is credited as the artist for that issue, but Shockwave is rendered and inked completely different in that one panel. The way the barrel of his gunarm is drawn (much thicker and stubbier), as well as the joints on his shoulders (that aren't even there in Kupperberg's art) is consistent with the (legendary) cover to issue #5 that Bright did.

    Rest in peace sir.
     
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    Ironically, I have never seen that cover until the internet came around, despite how much I love it. In Eastern Europe - Hungary and Poland too - Semic distributed the Marvel comics in the 90ies by releasing 3 issues bundled together bi-monthly. Only after a few years did they start to include the second issue\'s cover too inside the comic. And it was random whether the front cover would be from the first or second issue of the comic.
     
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    The same here in the Netherlands where Juniorpress (sometimes called Semic-Juniorpress, so there must have been a relation there) released the comic bi-monthly with two issues bundled together.
    They would choose the "best" cover and would never print the other cover anywhere.

    And wouldn't you guess it... The M.D. Bright cover was not chosen here. We got the cover to issue #6 instead.
    A cover that is credited to Alan Kupperberg (who did pencils *and* inks on the interiors), which I doubt, as the artstyle on the cover is quite different from the interior art.

    Come to think of it, there's a good chance the cover to issue #6 was done by M.D. Bright as well. He would then have done the covers to issues # 5 - 8, which makes sense (Herb Trimpe did a long stint on covers only for a while too). The art seems similar enough between those covers when different inkers are taken into account.
     
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    Mine too; it's still one of my favorite pieces of comic art.
     
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    :(  a part of history going to our allspark, leaving amazing memories
     
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    The Transformers will all live on... Thanks, Doc. Heaven gained another great artist.
     
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    Rip. Sad news any time we lose someone connected to our childhood. Sad news anytime. His art will live on. I have that image as a poster. One of the great images from marvel tfs
     
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    That one cover got me back in to UK Marvel Transformers. Got me thinking, who is this character? Still my favorite to this day.
     
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    I remember seeing that TF cover for the first time when I got a stack of Marvel issues from my local comic shop in 2003. Stops me in my tracks whenever I see it (in a good way).

    This reminds me that Milestone Compendium Three came out back in February. When I think of Bright’s work, the striking and evocative pages from Icon are some of the first things that come to mind.
     
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    Anyone who bought the transformers visual guide by Jim Sorenson (the deluxe) version would've got a print of the cover minus the writing. I need to frame it now.
     
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    Farewell o7

    I love the issue 5 and 8 covers (ngl I thought José Delbo drew the one for 8...)
     
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    His legacy will live on...
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    So sad and too young. My he R.I.P.
     
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    That shockwave cover hung on the wall of my brother and mine’s bedroom when I was 4 years old. It was so haunting and scary….
    And prompted me to ask my brother what it meant…
    This lead to me finding out how different the comics were from the cartoon, how different certain characters like shockwave were…
    And probably lead to my interest in reading altogether! (Which I was just learning to do at the time.)

    All stemmed from a piece of art. That’s why art is important, and I’m grateful to the creators that make it.

    We shall remember you, M.D. Bright…


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    It's what great art should do....

    Inspire.
     
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