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Comic Book’s Ink Includes Ashes of Editor

<i> Associated Press</i>

The late Marvel Comics editor Mark Gruenwald got his wish: His ashes were blended with ink and made into a comic book.

“This is something that he really wanted because he really loved comics. He wanted to be part of his work in a very real sense,” said Mark Harras, Marvel’s editor in chief.

The ashes of Marvel’s senior executive editor were mixed at a printing plant in Canton, Ohio, for use in “Squadron Supreme,” a reprint of a limited edition 1985 comic he wrote, Harras said Thursday.

The book will be out this week in comic book stores and next month in other bookstores.

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Though Gruenwald’s death last August in Pawling, N.Y., was unexpected, his desire that his ashes be made part of a comic book was known to many people, including his widow, Catherine.

Gruenwald was 42 when he died of a heart attack.

As a top editor at Marvel, Harras said, Gruenwald supervised some of the company’s biggest titles, including “Captain America” and “The Avengers.”


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