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A Veteran DC Comic Writer Dies at 65

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Martin Pasko, a veteran comics writer for DC properties including both books and television, passed away at 65 on Sunday because of a natural cause. He was a very popular writer, story-editor and producer in a diverse array of media, including live-action and animated television best known for his DC works, especially ‘Superman.’

Martin Pasko was born (Jean-Claude Rochefort) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Aug. 4, 1954. Pasko attended North-western University and New York University during his past days. He began publishing comics in 1972.

Paul Levitz, Pasko’s friend and former DC publisher, announced the death news of ‘Martin Pasko’ on Facebook on Monday.

“The odds are you’ve read his work, credited or not, or enjoyed a comic or cartoon or TV show or even a theme park event he made better, even as he relentlessly complained about the difficulties of making it as good as it ‘should’ be,” read Levitz’s Facebook post. “Marty didn’t have a genius for making anything easy (especially for him), but he had a real genius for making creative magic.”

Pasko began working with DC in 1973. “Private Life of Clark Kent” published in July 1974 was his first superman comic that marked his association with character. He has also worked on Justice League of America, Wonder Woman and Saga of the Swamp Thing for the publisher. Other than comics, Pasko also worked for a popular television show “Batman: The Animated Series” as a writer and story editor for which he was honoured with a Daytime Emmy Award.  He co-wrote the spin-off of animated series call “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.”

Throughout his career Pasko worked on popular live action shows like Max Headroom, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and The Twilight Zone, and animated series including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe and Thundarr the Barbarian.

“Whether commenting on the latest comic he read, the events of the day in politics, creative theory, or just making conversation, Marty had one of the sharpest wits of our generation, and opinions… Oy, did he have opinions,” Levitz wrote. “I learned from him, learned by arguing with him, and took joy in ample helpings with the hamburgers or Chinese food we shared over the decades.”

Even though he’s gone Pasko will always be remembered by his work. May his soul Rest in Peace.

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