Tom Palmer passed away three days ago at the age of eighty-one. He was a master inker and finisher, spending almost the entirety of his career as such working for Marvel Comics.
For the longest time, inkers got very little acclaim for their work in comics. Joe Sinnott was the first one to sorta get the “star” treatment for his work, while Terry Austin would be lauded similarly later on, but Tom Palmer is right up there with both those guys.
Palmer first gained notice in the late 1960s when the powers that be at Marvel partnered him up with Neal Adams on Avengers and X-Men. Then, in the 70s, Palmer was similarly paired with Gene Colan on almost everything Colan did, from Daredevil to Tomb of Dracula to Dr. Strange. Palmer also did a great deal of work on Marvel’s Star Wars title during this period, where he contributed pencils, colors, and even a few painted covers in addition to his inking work. He also inked the lengthy John Buscema run on Avengers in the mid to late 80s.
A gifted inker, a great illustrator, and a touchstone name for comic fans of my generation.
R.I.P., Tom Palmer.