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Inker Juan Vlasco Dies at Age 51

Credit: Paco Medina/Juan Vlasco (Marvel Comics)

Credit: Joey Vasquez/Juan Vlasco/Ian Herring/Joe Caramagna (Marvel Comics)

Longtime comic book inker Juan Vlasco died on Friday, May 24, 2020 due to complications from an appendicitis operation, according to friend/artist Jorge Break.

Vlasco first began in the 1990s, inking on Marvel titles such as Uncanny X-Men and for artists such as José Ladrönn. Vlasco inked Ladrönn’s work on Cable, Marvel: Shadows and Light, and the Marvel/DC crossover Spider-Boy Team-Up. Although he branched out to ink for DC and Wildstorm early in his career, for most of the past decade he worked at Marvel with penciler Paco Medina on Deadpool, Nova, U.S. Avengers, and Avengers. He recently inked Magnificent Ms Marvel over pencilers Joey Vasquez and Minkyu Jung as well.

“Everyone in the Marvel family is shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of inker Juan Vlasco,” tweeted Marvel Comics’ Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski. “Over his long career with us, his brush breathed life into so many pencilers’ lines and touched almost every character in our universe. Juan, you will be sincerely missed!”

Vlasco is survived by his wife, Jackeline.

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