To Die Will Be a Great Adventure

Respectfully lifted from mistervimes.

Earlier today, the world lost one of its most popular and beloved artists, Tim Hildebrandt, who made a name for himself with his fantasy and comic book artwork. His brother Greg, part of the legendary Brothers Hildebrandt, has issued the following statement:

Lifted directly from CBR
June 11, 2006

Tim Hildebrandt has passed away. And, with him, so has an era.

Tim, 67, died today from complications due to diabetes. He is survived by his mother Germaine, twin brother Greg, sister Janie, wife Rita, son Charles, nieces Mary and Laura, and nephew Gregory.

Tim was an otherworldly artist. For 47 years, his captivating work fostered the dreams and fantasies of millions of fans, young and old.

Best known as part of the Brothers Hildebrandt team, Tim’s career transported him to—and through—many worlds. Technically speaking, Tim and Greg worked side by side. But their work together on such masterpieces as the original Star Wars poster and 70’s J.R.R. Tolkien calendars proved that their individual talents could coalesce seamlessly into one.

Tim was a wonderful man with a great sense of humor. While he loved and appreciated all forms of art, he had a particular passion for animation and illustration.

While he will be greatly missed by all of us who love him, we take comfort knowing that he will live on in the art that he created.

Anyone wishing to express condolences to Greg Hildebrandt can send them to:

The Spiderwebart Gallery,
5 Waterloo Rd.
Hopatcong, NJ 07843

For those of you not familiar with Tim’s work, you might recognize pictures like this one…

Oy. If I can get round to it in the midst of all this travel prep, I’m going to have to put up an Artist Spotlight for the twins.

One of my heroes has moved on to a better place.

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One Response to “To Die Will Be a Great Adventure”

  1. bosantibe Says:

    Damn. Every year it seems we lose several more of the old greats. I loved the Hildebrandts since I was ten years old and I got their marvel masterpieces ’94 set. My mother had some of their christmas illustration children’s books just last year. Not long for this world are sources of admiration.

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