James Vance passed away June 5, 2017 at the age of 64 after a two-year battle with cancer.
Vance was born April 2, 1953 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He debuted in the comic book industry with 1988's Kings In Disguise, a limited series drawn by Dan E. Burr based on a play he wrote in 1979. The six-issue miniseries was published by Kitchen Sink Press, and was later nominated for an Eisner Award. The duo reunited for a sequel, On the Ropes, in 2013.
Vance did various work-for-hire around comics including stints on Mr. Hero - The Neumatic Man, Aliens, Predator, The Spirit, The Crow, and Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight. In addition to writing, Vance served as an editor on Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie's Lost Girls and the final chapters of his late wife Kate Worley's Omaha the Cat Dancer.
Vance was inducted into the Oklahoma Cartoonists Hall of Fame in 2010, with his work featured at the Oklahoma History Center.
Vance is survived by his wife Jodi, eight children, and 12 grandchildren.
The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help with the mortgage and related expenses.