Master of the Macabre Cartoonist Gahan Wilson Dies at 89

Tony Sokol Nov 26, 2019

Legendary cartoonist Gahan Wilson found an antidote for whimsical comic strips in a career that spanned half a century.

Influential cartoonist Gahan Wilson, who's worked darkened Colliers, Playboy, National Lampoon and The New Yorker, died of complications of dementia on Nov. 21 in Scottsdale, Arizona, according to the Associated Press. He was 89.

“The world has lost a legend," his stepson Paul Wilson posted on the artist's Facebook page. "One of the very best cartoonists to ever pick up a pen and paper has passed on. He went peacefully – surrounded by those who loved him. Gahan Wilson leaves behind a large body of work that is finely drawn, elegant, and provocative. He was preceded in death by his wife, author Nancy Winters Wilson, and his parents, Allen and Marion Wilson."

If any cartoonist carried the torch Charles Addams lit, it was Gahan Wilson. Weird was his specialty. He saw

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