Writer, art director William DuBay dies

The Rook creator worked with Stan Lee

Writer and art director William DuBay, who worked with Stan Lee at Marvel Animation, died April 15 in Portland, Ore., of cancer. He was 62.

As art director of Marvel Prods., DuBay worked on such series as “My Little Pony,” “Muppet Babies,” “Transformers” and “G.I. Joe.” He also helped Lee build up Marvel animation, hiring and supervising all creatives.

DuBay began his career at Warren Publishing in 1969, moving from writer-artist to art director and ultimately editor-in-chief of such titles as Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella magazines. While at Warren, DuBay created the Rook, a time-traveling, action/adventure hero. The Rook first appeared in Warren’s Eerie magazine, but later commanded its own graphic story title and was syndicated in 17 languages in 24 countries from 1976-94.

After Marvel, DuBay created, developed, wrote, designed, directed, produced and/or storyboarded more than 100 animated series and films, building studios and leading creative teams around the globe. He segued to Fox where he was licensing/marketing director for “The Simpsons,” “Batman,” “The Hulk” and George Lucas’ “Star Wars Xyber 9.”

Survivors include his wife, Vanessa; two sons and three daughters; his parents; and four sisters and two brothers.

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