Revered comic book artist Kim Jung Gi died this week at the age of 47, according to a statement posted early Wednesday on his social media accounts. Members of the comic book world have since flooded social media with tributes to him and his legacy.
“Kim Jung Gi has died suddenly at age 47. If you are unfamiliar with his work, you should literally take the time to discover his genius. May his memory be a blessing,” wrote cartoonist Judd Winick. wrote on Twitter.
“After doing so much for us, you can now put down your brushes. Thank you Jung Gi,” frequent contributor Hyun Jin Kim wrote.
Kim was born in South Korea and served two years in the Republic of Korea military before embarking on a famous career that saw him work on projects for Marvel and DC Comics. His work was known for its intricate imagery, and some of his most famous projects include the illustrations for the Tiger the long tail by the writer Seung-Jin Park, drawings for the Morvan’s Spy Games various comic books and covers for Marvel’s Second Civil War.
The statement announcing his death said Kim was in Europe before heading to New York Comic Con. At the airport, he experienced chest pains and died in hospital a short time later.
Marvel Comics Editor CB Cebulski tweeted, “I woke up to the tragic news of Kim Jung Gi’s passing. Still sitting here stunned. There was no one like him.”
“Kim Jung Gi is a legend. A horribly sad day,” said Alex Pardee, a comic book creator who has also illustrated movie posters and album covers. wrote on Twitter.
“The world has lost immense talent in Kim Jung Gi. It was an honor and a pleasure to work with him. Sincere condolences to his family and friends,” the official Dark Horse Comics account tweeted.
Filipino illustrator Kerby Rosanes wrote in the comments to the Instagram announcement of Kim’s death that the late artist “[w]will forever be an inspiration.”
“The GOAT has left us,” Bosnian artist Adi Granov wrote on Facebook. “Kim Jung Gi, a once-in-a-lifetime talent who reshaped our world. His ability brought adults to tears and his humility and humor were a joy.”
Greg Capullo, who has created artwork for such prestigious works at Batman and Spawntweeted, “What an incredible loss. Kim Jung Gi was…an artistic genius. This is incredibly sad news. RIP, King.”
Newsweek contacted the administrators of Kim’s English-language website for comment.