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X Men Artist Dies At 63

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The artist many believe made the X-Men comics popular died this week. 63-year-old Dave Cockrum died from diabetes complications.

Most may agree the X-Men series is one of the most popular comics you can find. The movies made millions and Dave Cockrum, who was born in Pendleton, Oregon, had a lot to do with the series' success.

Cockrum's dream was to create superheros.  In the 1970's, popularity for Marvel's X-Men was slipping. But fan support quickly came back when Cockrum created new characters Nightcrawler, Colussus, and Storm. The new fan base exploded. And many credit Cockrum for series' mass popularity.

"He was one of the masters actually and there will probably never be another artist that was as professional as he was."

In 2004, Cockrum moved to South Carolina, after he was hospitalized for bacterial pneumonia. He died Sunday night.