Paul Ryan: Comic artist known for work on 'Avengers,' Fantastic Four dies

From Batman, Spider-Man, Superman, the Fantastic Four and the Avengers (among many others), cartoonist Paul Ryan left his fingerprints on some of the most recognizable characters in comics. 

Ryan died Monday, March 7, according to a cousin's Facebook post. He was 66. 

It is with sad news I report the passing of my cousin Paul. Chances are you were touched by him in your lifetime as he...

Posted by Chad Callanan on Monday, March 7, 2016

According to Comic Book Resources, Ryan got his first break with Marvel in the mid-1980s with The Thing. Two years later, Ryan was handling the wedding of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson. 

Ryan penciled both the Avengers and Avengers West Coast from 1989 to 1991. For the past 10-plus years, he has stuck to the "Phantom" comic strip. 

From a fan's perspective, his long-run on The Fantastic Four was the most memorable, in my opinion. He trails only Jack Kirby and John Byrne for the most issues of F4 personally completed. His run on the series -- with Tom DeFalco -- went from 1991 to 1996. 

After leaving his longstanding role with Marvel, he ventured over to DC where he got his hands on Superman and The Flash working with the likes of Mark Waid,  Grant Morrison and Mark Millar along the way. 

His art had a retro feel to it. While others were going crazy with the 90s and doing some psychedelic crap, Ryan was channeling the arts from the 60s, 70s and early 80s. 

You could tell when he had his hands on the first family of comics. 

Thanks for the memories, Paul. May your art live on for eternity.