Longtime comic artist Ernie Colon passed away Thursday at the age of 88 after a battle with cancer, according to a post to his Facebook page.  Colon worked for a variety of publishers over his lengthy comics career, which began in the 1960s at Harvey Comics, and continued at Gold Key, Warren, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Atlas/Seaboard, Eclipse Comics, Valiant Entertainment, and others.

Colon co-created Arak, Son of Thunder with Roy Thomas and Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld with Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohn at DC Comics in the 80s.

Colon’s work more recently was non-fiction; his adaptation of the 9/11 Commission Report with frequent collaborator Sid Jacobson made the New York Times bestseller list for non-fiction (see "’9/11 Report’ Adaptation Hits ‘NY Times’ Bestseller List").  Jacobson and Colon also produced a sequel, After 9/11: America’s War on Terrorism (see "After 9/11"), and graphic biographies of Che Guevera and Anne Frank.  Colon collaborated with Dan Mishkin on an adaptation of The Warren Commission Report on the Kennedy Assassination.