Brian Augustyn, the legendary creator behind the classic Elseworlds story – Batman: Gotham By Gaslight and mainstay on The Flash throughout the nineties, sadly died yesterday – February 1st – at just sixty seven years of age.
Brian passed away after suffering a severe stroke, according to his longtime friend and Flash collaborator – Mark Waid, who posted the sad news to Facebook at the behest of his family.
“The Augustyn family has asked me to let Brian’s friends and fans know that Brian left us today after a sudden, severe stroke over the weekend. I have spent a lot of time these past few hours writing a great deal about Brian, and I’ll share these thoughts soon, but for now I simply wanted to let everyone know. Comics has lost a very kind and talented man who has been my big brother, and one of my best friends for the past thirty five years”
Brian first began working in the comic-book industry in the mid eighties, and joined DC Comics in 1988 as co-editor on Action Comics Weekly. He went on to be the singular editor of The Flash, which is where he originally brought on board the talented Mark Waid, and the two would become firm friends and comic collaborators over the passing years. Brian’s most beloved work was on the previously mentioned – Gotham By Gaslight, which featured art by Hellboy creator – Mike Mignola, the story was so popular that it spawned a sequel – Batman: Master Of The Future and a fantastic animated movie based upon the tale in 2018.