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Dave Cockrum

Real Name
Dave E. Cockrum
Dave Cockrum


Date of Birth
November 11, 1943

Date of Death
November 26, 2006

Place of Birth
Pendleton, Oregon, United States of America

First publication


Personal History

He was the husband of artist Paty Cockrum.

Professional History

The cover of Giant-Size X-Men #1 by Gil Kane & Cockrum, featuring characters Cockrum designed.

Dave Cockrum was a writer and artist for Marvel Comics. He was most widely recognized for his contributions to the "All-New, All-Different" X-Men. He died November 28th, 2006.

Who Was David Cockrum?

Dave Cockrum was born on 11/11/1943 in Pendleton, Oregon. Son of a Lt. Col. in the Air Force. Dave discovered comics at an early age, particularly the original Captain Marvel (then still being published by Fawcett and allowed to use his name as the logo of his book) and Blackhawk.

As Dave grew up, he began showing some artistic ability, and as he said, "I decided drawing comics was what I wanted to do. I took art as my major in school and on the side discovered the resurgence of such superhero comics as Hawkman, Flash and Green Lantern and later the Marvel line."

After spending six years in the Navy, he managed to get work at Warren Publishing in New York. They were publishing Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella, and it was Cockrum's first professional work. Later on Dave landed a job as background inker for Murphy Anderson, who was then inking Superman and Superboy for DC comics. After a year or so, he got his first big break: "the Legion of Superheroes strip became available and I got it. It was appearing irregularly as the backup feature in 'Superboy' when I got it." By the time he left the strip a year and a half later it had taken the book away from Superboy and he was merely a supporting character in it.

After the Legion, Dave went to Marvel and did a number of odd jobs--including penciling two issues of Giant Size Avengers and inking six issues of the regular Avengers book--and then, little did he knew he would be offered the opportunity to make legend. He was offered the opportunity to help revive the X-Men. Sure, he didn't create Wolverine, or Cyclops, or Jean Grey, Angel, Iceman and many other X-Men characters, but he made them cool, he made us love them. He is the guy who brought Wolverine to the X-Men in the comic Giant sized X men 1, in which Professor X forms a new team of X-Men, after Krakoa, "the Living Island", captures most of the original team and feeds on their mutant life forces. Wolverine resigns his Canadian commission, setting up events for later issues. Includes brief back stories for Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossus, and Thunderbird as part of the main story, and featurettes on Cyclops, Iceman, and Marvel Girl.[1] It was in this comic that Wolverine got his trademark mask, it was in this comic series that we first saw Wolverine without his mask showing us his trademark hairdo, it was in this comic book line that it was revealed to us that he was fluent in Japanese, that his rivalry with Cyclops began...

It was done so well that 25 years later it's still one of the best-selling comic in the business and has become the basis of an entire franchise empire based on toys, cartoons, action figures video games and, more recently, films.

Cockrum ultimately left X-Men after two stints on the book, to create the 'The Futurians,' a graphic novel for Marvel, and later did several issues for an independent publisher, Lodestone. When Lodestone plunged, he went back to several other companies including DC (again), Valiant, Defiant and Broadway, ultimately spending three or four years doing a book called 'Soulsearchers and Company' for Claypool Comics.

'The Futurians' material is scheduled to be reprinted in Europe.

Dave Cockrum got sick and Marvel pitched in.

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White Phoenix

Marvel Comics and artist Dave Cockrum reached an agreement on a contract that was supposed to allow Marvel to continue to fully own the many characters Cockrum created for the company, while compensating Cockrum for his years of service and the seminal characters he created. In an undisclosed agreement, author Clifford Meth accepted a deal for Dave Cockrum that, combined with other industry events, will help get the Cockrum family back on its feet after months of financial burdens resulting from Cockrum's hospitalization.

Cockrum, who created such characters as Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossus, Mystique, and Thunderbird as part of the X-Men, was at Bronx, NY, Veteran's Administration Hospital since December 2003 with complications from pneumonia, diabetes and a possible stroke. He was initially placed on the critical list for more than a week, and then resided in a rehabilitation unit at the facility.



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  1. Dave Cockrum is only responsible for penciling the main story arc, the featurettes on original X-Men members are from secondary stories during the initial run of the series.