Marvel Comics Artist John Paul Leon Passes Away at 49

Marvel Comics artist John Paul Leonhas passed away at the age of 49. Marvel shared a tribute to the longtime artist, remembering his unique work.

  • Leon attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he began his professional career.
  • He eventually began his work with Marvel in the mid-90s and eventually went on to contribute to memorable stories like LOGAN: PATH OF THE WARLORD, FURTHER ADVENTURES OF CYCLOPS & PHOENIX, DAREDEVIL, and BLACK WIDOW.
  • Marvel refers to Leon as “ a unique talent, a prolific artist, and a cherished collaborator.”
  • In addition to his work at Marvel, “JP” Leon worked for DC Comics, Dark Horse and across the comic industry as a whole.
  • In 1999, he joined Alex Ross, Jim Krueger, and Doug Braithwaite to create EARTH X, which Marvel calls “a superlative achievement.”
  • Marvel’s Twitter account shared a tribute to Leon and his work as well.

What they’re saying:

  • Joe Quesada, Marvel Entertainment EVP Creative Director: “John Paul Leon was truly a unique talent, admired and envied by all of us in the industry for his ability to convey the complexities of the world with a distilled simplicity of line and mastery of the craft that few can ever hope to achieve. He’s passed much too soon, leaving us to wonder what further heights he would have achieved, but thankful for the work he’s left behind that will inspire generations of artists to come. Our hearts at Marvel go out to his family, loved ones, friends, and fans.”