Brian Augustyn, best known for writer the Elseworlds graphic novel Gotham by Gaslight has died after suffering a stroke, according to a Facebook post from his longtime friend, Mark Waid. Waid posted the news of Augustyn’s death on his own Facebook page, after receiving permission from Augustyn’s family to make the announcement.
Augustyn made his name in comics as a senior editor for DC from the late 1980s through mid-1990s, editing titles including Justice League, Flash, and Wonder Woman.
Augustyn broke new ground for DC by writing Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, the very first ‘Elseworlds’ title from DC’s former alternate universe line of comics. He also worked a Mark Waid in retelling the origins of the Justice League in JLA: Year One.
Beside working at DC Comics, Augustyn also wrote comics for Marvel, Dark Horse, and more.
Augustyn leaves by his wife Nadine, and daughters Carrie and Allie.
Touching goodbye from longtime friend
“I have spent a lot of time these last few hours writing a great deal about Brian, and I’ll share those thoughts soon, but for now I simply wanted to let everyone know. Comics has lost a very kind, very talented man who has been my big brother and one of my very best friends for nearly 35 years,” longtime friend and fellow writer Mark Waid said in a statement.
“If you’ve ever been a friend, colleague, or fan of Brian’s – or, frankly, a fan of the work done by Humberto Ramos, Mike Wieringo, Mike Parobeck, Oscar Jimenez, Howard Porter, Travis Charest, or any of the many, many other creators who owe their careers to Brian, myself included – I’m asking you to send a card or a note to his wife Nadine and daughters Carrie and Allie to express your condolences and tell them what he meant to you,” Waid continues.
“I believe it would mean a lot to them. I realize we live in an ephemeral era of emails and texts, but something tangible, something on paper, something they can treasure, would be appreciated. Send to the following address and I will pass everything along, so please keep it to letters and cards if you will. Thank you.”
We at GrandAdmiral.net passes our condolences to the family and friends of Brian Augustyn on the tragic lost of their loved one.