It has been announced that artist Lee Moder has died at the age of 53 – apparently he died a few weeks ago and it’s only now been made public, although no cause of death has been announced. Moder was never a big star in comics, but he did very good work for many years, and I thought I’d show some of it in a celebration of his life. I would imagine that most people, if they know him, know him from his Legion of Super-Heroes stuff in the mid-1990s or from his co-creation of Stargirl, but I first saw his work on Wonder Woman in 1993, when he was in his early 20s. He had a definite Adam Hughes vibe to him, but Hughes is a terrific artist, so I didn’t mind the influence. Moder could do goofy stuff:
He was a good action artist:
And, obviously, he killed on the superhero vibe:
He also did one of those fancy Prestige Format Batman books that DC liked to publish in the 1990s, as he drew Eric Lustbader’s Catwoman-centric book, The Last Angel . Dang, it’s cool-looking.
His style shifted over the years as he developed, and I didn’t keep track of him, but in 2011-2012, he and Ron Marz teamed up for Shinku, a five-issue vampire story that was brilliant – it’s the best thing I think I’ve ever read by Marz, and Moder killed it on the art (my issues are buried in my boxes somewhere, so I’m just showing the panels I showed when I did my reviews of the issues):
I always held out hope that Marz and Moder could do more of Shinku, but alas, it’s not to be.
Moder, as I noted, never became a big star in comics, even though he obviously had the chops to be one. His life was cut short far too soon, so let’s raise a glass to Lee Moder and break out our old Wonder Woman comics and give them a re-read!