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James Johnson
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Posted: 02 April 2024 at 7:28pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Oh no. Definitely enjoyed his work.

RIP


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Glen O'Brien
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Posted: 02 April 2024 at 8:52pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Sorry to read this. Enjoyed his work.
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Craig Earl
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Posted: 02 April 2024 at 9:44pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Sad news. I really enjoyed his Iron Man (with Bob Layton). It was the stage of my comic-buying life where I actually had money to buy a few titles a month under my own steam. Good times.

Condolences to his friends and family.

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Greg McPhee
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Posted: 02 April 2024 at 10:08pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Sad news. 

I was a big fan of his Iron Man and Green Lantern runs, and the superb work he did on the Milestone Comics series Icon.
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Bob Harvey
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Posted: 02 April 2024 at 11:50pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I know the cover of Transformers #5 is universally attributed to Bright, but do we all think he really painted it? I struggle to see much relationship to his other work. Did he do any other paintings, for Marvel or otherwise? Does anyone own the original? 
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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 03 April 2024 at 2:27am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Loved his work on Iron Man and Solo Avengers.

Sad to hear.


Edited by Brian Floyd on 03 April 2024 at 2:29am
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Vinny Valenti
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Posted: 03 April 2024 at 3:45am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

My condolences to his family, and also to Christopher Priest, who was a longtime friend and collaborator of Bright's.
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Jason K Fulton
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Posted: 03 April 2024 at 2:17pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Really underrated artist. I enjoyed his work on IRON MAN and ICON.

https://bleedingcool.com/comics/christopher-priest-remembers -m-d-doc-bright/

Priest wrote:
When I was an editor at Marvel Comics, I hired Doc to paint the cover to The Transformers #5, which depicted a lifelike image of the villainous Shockwave beneath "The Transformers" logo, the words, "Are All Dead" burned into the wall behind him. The cover was rejected by Hasbro, the Transformers licensor, because—and yes, some corporate types really are just this stupid—they feared kids would stop buying Transformer toys because they'd believe they were all dead. They also thought Doc's cover was too scary.

I can't swear to it, but I'm pretty sure I called my guy at Hasbro and openly mocked him for being an idiot. It's the best cover we've ever done, I told him—and, yes, it was. The Transformers Wiki lauded it this way, "Transformers images don't GET much more awesome than this. Or imitated." They included links to another cover featuring a different Transformer bad guy which also used Doc's design, and I've seen a third.

This is now a legendary piece of art, reprinted and imitated many times. I don't know if Doc still has the original art, but, if so, I hope he knows how valuable it is. And I'll take my bow for the cover sketch, borrowed from Michael Kaluta's awesome "The Prince Is Dead" cover to Conan The King #20, which I'd previously commissioned.

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Bob Harvey
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Posted: 03 April 2024 at 3:08pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Thanks!
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Eric Smearman
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Posted: 03 April 2024 at 4:46pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Loved Bright's work. I wasn't really familiar with him
until I saw him penciling the Green Lantern feature in
ACTION COMICS WEEKLY. His ICON and QUANTUM & WOODY were big
favorites of mine!
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Vinny Valenti
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Posted: 03 April 2024 at 6:06pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

It's uncanny that Hasbro released an ad for a 40th Anniversary Shockwave re-release just a day after Bright's death:


Crazy coincidence.

I never knew that Bright drew that cover, but it was a damned good one. I was one of those kids that Priest mentioned Hasbro being wary of scaring off. To me the cover was, well, shocking, but I loved it. I recall that he also had a painted piece in the SUPER BOXERS graphic novel from Ron Wilson (which JB scripted).

I also fondly recall the FF Annual cover that JB inked over Bright, signed as "Byrning Bright". Brilliant.


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Chris Caniano
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Posted: 03 April 2024 at 10:31pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Oh wow. This is so sad. I remember the Fantastic Four Annual he drew. Him and JB teamed up on the cover, signed - "Byrning Bright" if I remember. 
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