I don't remember when I started reading comics. But a good hunk of my early comic reading was war comics, a genre that's largely defunct. Most of them were DC, and a lot of them were drawn by Joe Kubert. Kubert died over the weekend at age 85. Even at that advanced age he was still working, still doing what he'd first done in his early teens. Besides his own work Kubert helped aspiring comic artists through his Kubert School, founded in 1976. His sons Andy and Adam followed him into the business, and there were traces of their father's distinctive style in their work.
Another important figure from my childhood gone. Unfortunately I expect to see several others pass away in the near future.