It was announced by family, that Boston based artist Paul Ryan had passed away at the age of 66. The cause of death has not been disclosed.
Paul's comic book credits included a long run on FANTASTIC FOUR, time on IRON MAN and THE FLASH. Paul also drew AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL # 21 which featured the wedding of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson.
He also worked for King Feature Syndicate on the comic strip THE PHANTOM.
Paul was an amazingly talented artist and an incredibly kind soul who I got to know over the years. My favorite story was hanging out with him t UNITED FAN CON in Springfield, MA about ten years ago. For some reason the show promoters were NOT treating the comic book people very well and Paul was psyched to be sitting next to Grace Park from BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. For some reason the promoters put up a wall between Paul and Grace, upsetting Paul and myself. As the day went on, Grace kept looking over the divide to see what Paul was working on. He joked with her saying "she is going to get in trouble talking to the lowly comic artists." Grace, upset by the wall between them, moved the partition and hung out with paul the rest of the day. Paul drew her an incredible Supergirl and she gave Paul and me each an autographed photo.