Tributes are filling social media after authorities called off a search for beloved comic artist Norman Lee, who has been missing since he became separated from his wife while snorkeling Thursday off the Cayman Islands.
Lee, 47, was last seen about 250 yards off of Grand Cayman. The Weymouth, Mass., artist was separated from his wife and, when she returned to shore and he didn’t, she reported him missing.
“We put all assets available to us, both law enforcement and privately owned,” Police Chief Inspector Brad Ebanks said. “We thank all those who assisted us in this time of need. Unfortunately we were unable to find or recover Mr. Lee.”
Recently, Lee worked on “Spider-Man,” “Avengers” and “X-Men” and had also done work on the DC series “Supergirl” and “Starman.” He was a fixture at comic conventions as well.
“Still hoping for a miracle,” Philip Simon, an editor at Dark Horse Comics, wrote on Lee’s Facebook page. “Norman, so many people love you.”
“It’s all true that he was a larger than life personality, much like the characters he delineated professionally,” wrote Bob Almond, the founder and director of the Inkwell Awards and a fellow inker, also on Facebook.
“We here at Marvel were saddened to hear of Norman Lee’s disappearance while vacationing in the Cayman Islands this past weekend. A veteran comic book artist and inker, Lee’s work on Marvel’s Avengers, Runaways, X-Men, and X-Force brought unique depth to the published page and excited fans around the world,” Marvel Editor in Chief Axel Alonso said in a statement to the Washington Post. “An exceptional talent and supreme professional, Norman’s premier artistic skill brought life to our characters, and our hearts here at Marvel go out to Norman’s loved ones.”