A short time ago, we reported that 3D Joes is working on a book of G.I. Joe artwork from 1982-1983, and one of the headlining works of art was the cover to Operation Decoy.
Sadly He-Man World reports that the artist for the Operation Decoy cover, Earl Norem passed away on Friday. He was 91 years old.
Earl Norem (April 17, 1924–June 19, 2015) was an amazing artist and a master illustrator. His legendary artwork was featured in a variety of comics and magazines, including the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Magazine. During his time as an artist for Marvel Comics, he worked on Tales of the Zombie,The Savage Sword of Conan, Marvel Preview, Monsters Unleashed, Planet of the Apes, Rampaging Hulk, The Silver Surfer, and storybooks featuring Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, and The Transformers. He also illustrated trading cards and comic covers forMars Attacks.
For fans of He-Man and She-Ra, Earl Norem helped make childhood in the 1980s awesome. He will be greatly missed.
Rest in peace, Earl Norem.