Normally I don’t dwell over obituaries after I write my own tribute to the deceased, but in the case of Dave Stevens, I’m learning a lot of interesting things about a guy I actually knew little about.
For instance, the LA Times obit notes that Stevens drew storyboards for Raiders of the Lost Ark — the Official Star Wars blog specifies that Stevens illustrated the truck-fight sequence and “a famous lost Shanghai scene from Raiders which was later repurposed for Temple of Doom,” a little piece of trivia I’ve never encountered before — as well as Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video in 1983. (A slight tangent: I just purchased the 25th anniversary CD of the Thriller album, which includes a bonus disc of videos; I’d forgotten just how captivating and entertaining that “Thriller” vid is. Jackson may have turned into a creepy loon over the years, but at his creative peak, he really was something. An immense talent derailed by, I believe, psychological problems that no one wants to call him on.)