Just one day after his 49th birthday, comic book and TV animation writer Dwayne McDuffie passed away due to complications from a surgical procedure. McDuffie, born Feb. 20, 1962, died early Monday, Feb. 21. Details of his death have not been released.
McDuffie was raised in Detroit and attended University of Michigan and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His first major work for Marvel Comics was “Damage Control,” about a clean-up team who deals with the mess those pesky superheroes leave behind post-battle.
In 1992, McDuffie created Milestone Media, which paid special care to cultural sensitivity and diversity in comic books. Later, McDuffie wrote and story-edited for animated television series like “Static Shock,” “Teen Titans,” and “What’s New, Scooby-Doo?”
He was a key figure as story editor and producer of “Justice League Unlimited,” and he wrote the story for the video game “Justice League Heroes.” He went on to work on “Ben 10: Alien Force.”
Before his death, McDuffie returned to his first love, comic books. He wrote several issues of favorite DC franchises before doing a two-issue “Milestone Forever” event, which wrapped up the Milestone characters he created and connected their story with DC continuity.