Ryan Bodenheim in 2012

By an opinion on Memorial of Dignity, comic artist Ryan Bodenheim died on December 20, 2021 at the age of only 44. The cause of death was not specified. Bodenheim, whose work included titles for Marvel and Valiant Comics, was the co-creator of the Jonathan Hickman series “A Red Mass for Mars”, “The Dying and the Dead” and “Secret,” as well as Tara Butters and Marc Guggenheim’s “Halcyon” comic.

Ryan Matthew “Bode” Bodenheim was born in Oklahoma on March 9, 1977 and raised in Ohio. His first known comic book work was “Black Panther” # 57-58, a two-part arc with writer J. Torres, released in 2003. He rose to prominence with “A Red Mass for Mars” in 2008, and again collaborated with Hickman on “Secret” from 2012 to 2014, and on “The Dying and the Dead” from 2015 to 2017.

He contributed to the 2011 Marvel miniseries “Fear Itself: Fearsome Four” and wrote pencil numbers of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Black Panther” from 2019 to 2021; his other work for the company included “Immortal Hulk” # 21, 2021 “Death Of Doctor Strange: Avengers” and the upcoming one-shot “Eternals: The Undying”. He was a regular contributor to the cover of Valiant in the late 2010s and worked as an interior artist on “XO Manowar” # 11-13 in 2018.

Many of Bodenheim’s colleagues have expressed shock at his unexpected passing, including Kieron gillen, Ray-Anthony Height, Al Ewing, Gorinson Hunter, Alex Paknadel, Dinesh shamdasani, and Warren simons. Hickman wrote, “I loved working with him. I think that’s the biggest compliment you can give a creative partner, and over the past decade it has been such a joy to see them grow as an artist so much. He got so good. And now it’s just devastating that he’s gone.

Bodenheim is survived by his mother, two brothers and a son and daughter. Instead of flowers, they asked fans to donate to the Hero Initiative, or to a charity of their choice; you can also send your condolences to his Memorial of Dignity page.