By Milton Griepp. It's rare that we depart from the editorial 'we' here at ICv2, but this is one of those times, as we mourn the passing of Jay Kennedy, Editor in Chief at King Features Syndicate, and a friend since the mid-70s. He died in an accident on vacation in
We met when we were both studying sociology at the
Jay turned his love of undergrounds into the Underground Comix Guide, a price guide for undergrounds, in the early 80s. It was the 'Overstreet' of undergrounds, and contained the results of his encyclopedic research into the medium, and his relentless accumulation of every one he could find.
His career in comics continued as cartoon editor at Esquire, a position he held from 1983 to 1988.
In 1988, he joined King Features as deputy comics editor and became comics editor one year later. He came through
He became Editor in Chief of King Features in 1997.
Jay was a regular fixture at San Diego Comic Con, and was always excited about a new artist he'd found, or some new work he'd seen. He never lost his love of the underground comic artists or their irreverent exploration of the comic art form.
His natural expression was a smile, much like the one in the picture that accompanies this obituary. One of the nicest men we ever met, he will be missed by all who new him. Our sympathies go out to his family and friends.