Comics artist Tom Veitch, known for his work on Star Wars comics, leaves us

A sad news from the world of comics: the cartoonist Tom Veitch died at the age of 80 from complications caused by COVID-19, according to a public post on Facebook by his brother, artist, writer and publisher Rick Veitch. In the world of comics, Tom Veitch is best known for writing the trilogy of Star Wars comic stories published by the Dark Horse Comics in the early 90s: Dark Empire, Dark Empire II And Empire’s End. Veitch leaves behind his wife Martha, daughter Angelica Veitch Stasolla, nephews Tommy Walls and Jacob Walls, sister Wendy Lillie and brothers Robert, Rick, Michael and Peter.

The proliferating life of Tom Veitch

Widely credited for reigniting the franchise’s popularity and profitability Star Wars his most famous work, The Dark Empire trilogy (Dark Empire) follows Luke Skywalker who becomes a Sith apprentice of a clone of Emperor Palpatine, before returning to the Jedi side and redeeming himself. This trilogy laid the foundation for numerous subsequent stories and established elements of the Extended Universe’s continuity Star Wars original that have been adapted into the current era, including into toys and movies.

When did Tom Veitch’s career start? In the seventies when he worked on titles like Legion of Charlies, Deviant Slice, Skull Comix And Slow Death Funnies. In the 1980s he also worked for Marvel Comicsbringing to light The Light and Darkness War with the designer Cam Kennedy for the Epic Comics line. For DC Comics he published The Nazz with drawings by Bryan Talbot, Clash with drawings by Adam Kubert e My Name Is Chaos with drawings by John Ridgway.

Tom Veitch

In the nineties he further intensified his collaboration with DC Comics dealing with the title Animal Man from number 33 to 50. For the Elseworld line of the same publishing house he created instead Kamandi: At Earth’s End And Superman: At Earth’s End.

In his later years, Tom Veitch ran a bookstore called Old Bennington Books in his hometown of Bennington, Vermont, as he continued to publish his memoirs.

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