Art Collection - Dave Cockrum 

DAVE COCKRUM (November 11, 1943 - November 26, 2006)



Dave Cockrum was one of my all-time favorite comic book artists. He had a huge impact in the resurgence of Super-Heroes in the 70's, first on the the Legion of Super-Heroes and then of course on the New X-Men. His X-Men issues are among the first comic books I ever remember buying and his characters (especially the Imperial Guard and Starjammers) made a big impact on me. Dave went on to design many covers at Marvel, to create the Futurians and to work on several other series, such as Soulsearchers and Company.

I got to meet Dave at some of the Big Apple Conventions in New York in the late 90's to early 00's and we also corresponded periodically via e-mail. Meeting a favorite artist can be very disillusioning, but not so with Dave. He and his wife Paty were always so welcoming to fans, friendly and down to Earth. Dave was just a really nice guy as well as being a major talent and innovator in the field. I'm glad that I got to meet him and to tell him how much his work had meant to me.

Just a few weeks before he died, I posted to his message board to say that his artwork of Wolverine was going to appear on an upcoming US postage stamp. It turns out that I was the first to let Dave know about this and of course he was very pleased to hear the news. I'm just glad that he got to hear about that honor before he passed away.

This gallery contains some examples from my collection of Dave Cockrum art. Please enjoy the artwork and remember the man who created it. Rest in peace Dave. You won't be forgotten.

Cockrum, Dave - Banshee from Marvel Universe (unpub version)
Cockrum, Dave - Banshee from Marvel Universe (unpub version)

Cockrum, Dave - Beyond the Farthest Star unused fanzine cover
Cockrum, Dave - Beyond the Farthest Star unused fanzine cover

Cockrum, Dave - Captain Marvel #53 cover prelim
Cockrum, Dave - Captain Marvel #53 cover prelim

Cockrum, Dave - Comic Reader #171 back cover (1979) - El Aquila
Cockrum, Dave - Comic Reader #171 back cover (1979) - El Aquila

Cockrum, Dave - Dave Cockrum Treasury cover (Aardwolf)
Cockrum, Dave - Dave Cockrum Treasury cover (Aardwolf)

Cockrum, Dave - Defenders #63 cover prelim
Cockrum, Dave - Defenders #63 cover prelim

Cockrum, Dave - Marvel Premiere #54 (Iceman) unpublished cover prelim
Cockrum, Dave - Marvel Premiere #54 (Iceman) unpublished cover prelim

Cockrum, Dave - Monsters Unleashed #4 Gulliver Jones story page 1 (unpublished)
Cockrum, Dave - Monsters Unleashed #4 Gulliver Jones story page 1 (unpublished)

Cockrum, Dave - Monsters Unleashed #4 Gulliver Jones story page 2
Cockrum, Dave - Monsters Unleashed #4 Gulliver Jones story page 2

Cockrum, Dave - Monsters Unleashed #4 Gulliver Jones story page 3
Cockrum, Dave - Monsters Unleashed #4 Gulliver Jones story page 3

Cockrum, Dave - Monsters Unleashed #4 Gulliver Jones story page 8
Cockrum, Dave - Monsters Unleashed #4 Gulliver Jones story page 8

Cockrum, Dave - Nightcrawler convention sketch
Cockrum, Dave - Nightcrawler convention sketch

Cockrum, Dave - Phantom Girl sketch
Cockrum, Dave - Phantom Girl sketch

Cockrum, Dave - Phantom Girl sketch (November 2003)
Cockrum, Dave - Phantom Girl sketch (November 2003)

Cockrum, Dave - Power Man and Iron Fist #57 cover prelim
Cockrum, Dave - Power Man and Iron Fist #57 cover prelim

Cockrum, Dave - Quetzal Character Design (1 of 2)
Cockrum, Dave - Quetzal Character Design (1 of 2)

Cockrum, Dave - Quetzal Character Design (2 of 2)
Cockrum, Dave - Quetzal Character Design (2 of 2)

Cockrum, Dave - Saturn Girl sketch
Cockrum, Dave - Saturn Girl sketch

Cockrum, Dave - Shattuck character design (Clay McCall)
Cockrum, Dave - Shattuck character design (Clay McCall)

Cockrum, Dave - Shattuck strip #14 (Jack Abel inks)
Cockrum, Dave - Shattuck strip #14 (Jack Abel inks)

Cockrum, Dave - Shattuck strip #16 (Jack Abel inks)
Cockrum, Dave - Shattuck strip #16 (Jack Abel inks)

Cockrum, Dave - Skywolf "Flapjack" Design
Cockrum, Dave - Skywolf "Flapjack" Design

Cockrum, Dave - Skywolf Character Design
Cockrum, Dave - Skywolf Character Design

Cockrum, Dave - Soulsearchers and Company #29 page 3 (Jim Mooney inks)
Cockrum, Dave - Soulsearchers and Company #29 page 3 (Jim Mooney inks)

Cockrum, Dave - Soulsearchers and Company #32 page 14 (Jim Mooney inks)
Cockrum, Dave - Soulsearchers and Company #32 page 14 (Jim Mooney inks)

Cockrum, Dave - Storm sketch in The Uncanny Dave Cockrum Tribute book
Cockrum, Dave - Storm sketch in The Uncanny Dave Cockrum Tribute book

Cockrum, Dave - Super Energy Savers unused cover (Bob McLeod inks)
Cockrum, Dave - Super Energy Savers unused cover (Bob McLeod inks)

Cockrum, Dave - Superman #248 unused splash for World of Krypton story -- Cockrum's 1st Pro Comics work (2/1972)
Cockrum, Dave - Superman #248 unused splash for World of Krypton story -- Cockrum's 1st Pro Comics work (2/1972)

Cockrum, Dave - The Futurians #1 cover
Cockrum, Dave - The Futurians #1 cover

Cockrum, Dave - The Futurians #1 cover with overlay
Cockrum, Dave - The Futurians #1 cover with overlay

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