Earlier this week we lost another comic legend, Steve Gerber. For the complete story check out this article from PlaybackSTL.com: http://www.playbackstl.com/content/view/7223/234/
As indicated in the above article Steve was as influential a talent in comics as any other during the last forty years. He created such well known characters as Howard the Duck and Omega The Unknown. He also contributed to many other titles including Submariner, Daredevil, and Man-Thing. Steve was also one of the first to be outspoken about creator rights and entitlements regarding their work. A stance that would produce bittersweet results for him.
In fact he may have even had more impact on some of us 30-something Gen-exers than we realize. Steve not only was a big part of comic books during the 1970s but he also created the now legendary Thundarr The Barbarian. Thundarr was an awesome post apocalyptic tale that seemed a bit out of place amongst the other line up kiddish Saturday morning shows. I personally hold this show responsible for showing me that animation didn't have to be all talking rabbits and mice. I'm also sure it is one of the reasons I've enjoyed tales of life after the fall of our current civilization. I'd give anything for someone to do a serious, intelligent revisit of this show and make something new for us.
Steve also worked on the Mr. T, Dungeons and Dragons, G.I. Joe and Transformers cartoons of the 1980s. I doubt there is anyone who grew up during this time period who didn't watch at least one if not all of these shows. And based on the wide spread recent nostalgia of such shows as Transformers I think it's safe to say Steve was a giant influence on a whole generation.
Steve was currently working on DC Comic's, Countdown To Mystery. He was 60 years old.
Steve's Wiki Page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Gerber