Dwayne McDuffie’s writing first caught my eye when I was in high school. He was the writer behind Damage Control, a Marvel Comics mini-series about a business firm that cleaned up cities after big superhero fights. I’ve followed his career off and on ever since. When he started Milestone Media with a group of his friends, I bought all the books he wrote. I admired his guts, I admired his business sense, and most of all I admired his stories. My son and I are currently watching Justice League episodes that he wrote and edited. At Comic-Con a couple of years ago, I was asked to participate on a panel discussion with him. I pestered the moderator to seat me next to him, just so I could shake his hand.
Today, Dwayne McDuffie died. Shocking to say the least, given his age. During his short life, many, many of his words made their way into my brain. Usually this was through the printed page, but I was lucky enough to exchange a few in person.
Dwayne McDuffie, thank you for all your stories. You will be missed.