Comic book colourist Justin Posnor has sadly lost his battle with cancer, passing away at the age of 42. His family posted the following statement:
“After a long and well documented battle with cancer, Justin passed away in his home early on the morning of May 18th surrounded by loved ones. It has been a time of mourning, reminiscing, and, above all else, celebration. Because. C’mon. This guy.”
Marvel Comics shared this statement on their official website:
Justin Ponsor was one of the most brilliant colorists in the comic book industry, elevating every story he worked on to new heights with his heart, humor, and passion for art. He touched the lives of countless comic book writers, artists, industry professionals, and fans, and his inspirational talent will never be forgotten. The Marvel family has lost one of our own. Our hearts are with his family and loved ones.
And from IDW:
We just learned that uber colorist Justin Ponsor passed away. He was a dear friend to many at IDW and we’re mourning the loss of such a talented artist. Our hearts are with his loved ones at this time.
Posnor talked about his cancer diagnosis and treatment on his blog, with crowdfunding appeals to help with the cost of his treatment, raising over $54,000.
A career spanning twenty-five years, he began working on Crossgen titles, before moving to Wildstorm, and recently was acclaimed for his work on Guardians Of The Galaxy and Avengers.
Here are just a few of those memories being shared by jis comic industry colleagues.
Jim Cheung Oh. My… That news just stole my breath away… He was the best guy, and one of the biggest talents I’ll ever have the privilege of working with and knowing. Rest in peace, my friend. Totally heartbroken right now…
Edgar Delgado This is heartbreaking, he always looked so happy and very friendly. I’m in shock.
Tyler Kirkham Super sad to had this. He was one of the best….
Peter Steigerwald I’m with Jim, I feel like some one punched me in my chest. I barely know what to say. I didn’t know Justin well personally. a little when we were younglings, later casually at cons we’d meet up and say hi, but it was infrequent. We’d email a bit more often years ago, especially during the few projects we did together, but his work was always there, inspiring, teaching me improving my craft by looking at the amazing things he did. I looked to his work because he saw shapes and colors no one else did. He made me a better artist by his existence. That there will be nothing new from him or I won’t ever get to see him again is crushing. JPo you will be dearly missed.
Sebastian F Piccione Justin loved my Stan Lee impression, and when I’d see him at cons or events he’d just randomly ask “So, Stan, how’d you come up with such-and-such-a-character?” And I’d answer, as Stan. He’d crack up, and a few minutes later, repeat the process.
Jason Arnett My condolences to family and friends. Justin was a wonderful artist.
Mike Garland Gave me one of the best reviews and some of the best advice I’d gotten earlier in my career. Has and always will be a hero of mine. Rest In Peace.
Mike Perkins I worked with Justin at Crossgen and remained friends with him since. We never met up as much as we would have liked due to us both being so busy – but we did get the chance at NYCC and just before Christmas. He was truly an inspiration in how he approached his illness with staggering amounts of humour and positivity. I missed him when we couldn’t get the chance to meet up – I’ll miss him more so now.
Juan Vlasco RIP Justin, Your work make this world a better place, you will be missed!
Mike Choi He cared.
Michael Morton My son asked Justin for some critique of his drawings at Denver Comic Con a few years back. He took him aside, talked shop with him and have him some great advice for improvement. They chatted for about 30 minutes, with Justin looking like he enjoyed it just as much as my son. He highly encouraged my boy, and inspired him to continue to draw and color. My son continues to practice and improve, and will look to possibly illustrate as part of his career. I don’t think he would have considered that without Justin simply talking to a 12-year-old boy like a fellow artist. Thank you, Justin. What an awesome human being you were.
Valentine De Landro My condolences to his family and friends. I met him at one of my first NYCCs years ago, we were tabling near each other. We had some good chats and I had the pleasure of hanging out with him at a few more shows.
Dan Slott This is terribly sad news. Justin was far too young, far too talented, and, more importantly, far too nice a person.
RIP Justin Ponsor. He started as a colorist at WildStorm & not only produced stunning work but managed to top every other member of the studio when it came to dares. He was a great, easygoing guy w/an amazing can-do spirit & produced spectacular work for many companies since. pic.twitter.com/BIZrdBcOxQ
— Jim Lee (@JimLee) 21 May 2019
I just learned that my friend and long-time artistic partner Justin Ponsor passed away this weekend. I can’t express just how much working with him has meant to me over the past 8 years.
The world is lesser place for his loss but all of us are made better for having known him.
— David Marquez (@DaveMarquez) 20 May 2019
As anyone who ever met Justin Ponsor knew, he was never just a colleague or colorist or creative partner… he was family. He embraced life with the biggest of hearts, the widest of smiles & the deepest of laughs. He made comics a better place. JPo’s loss will be felt forever.
— C.B. Cebulski (@CBCebulski) 20 May 2019
— Kelly Fitzpatrick (@wastedwings) 20 May 2019
What?? Oh god! I’m sorry.
I only worked with him a little, but what a pleasure it was and I’ve never stopped singing his praises. One of the best.
— Dustin Weaver (@DustinWeaver12) 20 May 2019
My friend and brilliant collaborator Justin Ponsor passed away this weekend. Here is a picture of the last time @DaveMarquez Justin and I got together. This was here in Portland last July. He had come to visit after… https://t.co/DmrQ6Tz5tp
— BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (@BRIANMBENDIS) 21 May 2019
I’m truly heartbroken to hear that Justin Ponsor has passed away after a long battle with cancer. He’d been doing his usual amazing work on the Avengers whenever he could, including from his hospital bed. I got nothing but respect for that man. Love and condolences to his family.
— Jason Aaron (@jasonaaron) 20 May 2019
Justin Ponsor. Brilliant artist & human being. He was the first colorist I worked with @Marvel & first creator who made me feel welcome & like a friend. So heartbroken we have lost him. Thank you making the world more beautiful with your art & your heart,@JPonsor We miss you💞
— sana amanat (@MiniB622) 21 May 2019
so sad to hear about the passing of comics colorist Justin Ponsor. I only had the honor of being colored by him once, but it was easily one of the best coloring jobs I’ve ever had on my work. RIP sir and thank you pic.twitter.com/bnmOVX4Zwz
— Oeming (@Oeming) 20 May 2019
So sad to hear of comic colorist Justin Ponsor @Jponsor passing away. :( Here is his GoFundMe. He was raising money for the cost of battling cancer, but it will still go to helping his family. https://t.co/AU5XRSITla
— Ray-Dillon_2019.psd (@RayDillon) 20 May 2019
Justin Ponsor was a kinder, funnier, more talented guy than any of us deserved. Cancer is never fair, but this is just awful. Love and thoughts to his friends and family.https://t.co/rFXk4JZfym
— aubrey🌋sitterson (@aubreysitterson) 20 May 2019
Justin Ponsor was one of the most talented artists in comics and one of the nicest people you would ever meet. It’s heartbreaking to hear of his passing, and is a huge loss to everyone who knew him personally and the medium as a whole.
— Jordan D. White (@cracksh0t) 21 May 2019
Rest in peace, Justin Ponsor. His stunning colors on X-MEN: PHOENIX ENDSONG were such a critical part of the book’s impact and probably a big reason I have a career today. A huge talent and a tremendous loss. Deepest condolences to his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/p0thLjIsj4
— Greg Pak (@gregpak) 21 May 2019
Anytime you got to work with Justin Ponsor, you knew the book would look amazing. Great guy and phenomenal colorist. RIP. pic.twitter.com/z4mEYW3Tzl
— Mark Morales (@mark_morales11) 21 May 2019
Goddamn it. Justin Ponsor was one of my favorite colorists, and one of the nicest guys I’ve met in comics. He’ll be greatly missed.
— Matt Wilson (@COLORnMATT) 20 May 2019
Very saddened to hear of the passing of Justin Ponsor, an incredible comics colorist, one of the best I’ve ever worked with. RIP.
Among other things, he colored Death of Wolverine, one of the biggest books of my career, and a lot of that is down to him. The death scene alone… pic.twitter.com/YxjbmTOLSW
— Charles Soule (@CharlesSoule) 21 May 2019
Just woke up to find out about Justin Ponsor. Justin, you were my teacher, my friend, and one of the best people I knew. I’ll never be able to hear Paranoid Android without thinking of you singing it to me as you crushed me in Risk. I love you.
— Christina Strain (@christinastrain) 21 May 2019
I never met Justin Ponsor, but loved the times I worked with him and I loved his work.
— Kieron Gillen (@kierongillen) 20 May 2019
I’ve had a while to grapple with the possibility that the world might lose a once-in-a-generation talent way too soon, and it still stings. Whenever Justin and I talked on the phone, he always made light of his situation, probably to keep me from worrying too much. #JustinPonsor
— Alanna Smith, Agent of G.I.R.L. (@AlannaWrites) 21 May 2019
I just found out that one of comics’ finest colorists and finest people, Justin Ponsor, has died. Cancer is cruel and indiscriminate and we never get used to it robbing us of someone too soon, no matter how often it strikes
— Alejandro A. Arbona 🇵🇷 (@Alejandrobot) 20 May 2019
I made Tons of comics with Justin Ponsor. this was our last page. From spider-man 240 by @sara_pichelli #spiderverse #milesmorales #ripjustinponsor this file came directly from him https://t.co/TcvGvVQXFO
— BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (@BRIANMBENDIS) 21 May 2019
I mean, look at this. Look at how good Justin Ponsor was. pic.twitter.com/PuLXisdTUl
— Tom Brennan (@Brennanator) 21 May 2019
So sad to hear the news about Justin Ponsor. He was one of my favorite colorists. So when I was first trying to break in to comics I reached out to him and he was so kind and helpful to a total stranger full of dumb questions.
— 𝙼𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚠 𝚁𝚘𝚜𝚎𝚗𝚋𝚎𝚛𝚐 (@AshcanPress) 21 May 2019
So sad to hear about the passing of Justin Ponsor. A once in a generation comic talent. When JPo colored a book you always knew it was going to be magnificent. His Spidey stuff especially sang (to me at least and I bet a bunch of others) This was one of my faves from USM 200. RIP pic.twitter.com/gQlqfvAnSH
— Chris D’Lando (@DlandoCalrisian) 21 May 2019
Sorry to hear Justin Ponsor has passed away. I never had the pleasure of working with him, but I admired his work. Condolences to his friends, family and colleagues.
— Kurt Busiek Resists (@KurtBusiek) 21 May 2019
I believe that today’s comic book color artists are the most talented ever, responsible for so much of the appeal of the art that we admire. I long believed that Justin Ponsor was the best and brightest of this age. His work was the tops. Gone too soon.
— robliefeld (@robertliefeld) 21 May 2019
Somehow missed the news about Justin Ponsor passing until just now.
What an incredible talent. What an incredible loss.
— Jonathan Hickman (@JHickman) 21 May 2019
Shit, sad to read about Justin Ponsor, what a crap.
Big big hug to his family, pals and friends.
— David Aja (@davaja) 21 May 2019
Justin Ponsor: Modern Marvel Master. pic.twitter.com/X7iJ5NsUMY
— Stephen Wacker (@StephenWacker) 21 May 2019
— Dustin Weaver (@DustinWeaver12) 21 May 2019
The beautiful coloring work of Justin Ponsor, who sadly passed away today after a bold fight with cancer. RT @todayscomic: Danger Girl #5 by @JScottCampbell, Andy Hartnell, @AlexGarnerArt and @JPonsor. #DangerGirl #AbbeyChase pic.twitter.com/Wd9q2lZiJ1
— J. Scott Campbell♠️🎨 (@JScottCampbell) 21 May 2019