Gahan Wilson, whose sometimes macabre cartoons were once a staple of The New Yorker, Playboy and National Lampoon, died Thursday from complications of dementia. He passed in Scottsdale Arizona at age 89, according to his son.
Wilson’s staple was black humor. In a 2013 film documentary on his life, Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird, The New Yorker editor David Remnick said of him, “Some cartoonists can be good by having jokes, gags, and they’re funny gags,. The really great ones develop a private language, a set of characters, a set of expectations, a world. Gahan Wilson developed a world.”
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