September 26, 2020

Cayman Islands search for Marvel/DC comic book artist called off

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2672FAAC00000578-2985491-image-a-63_1425849371628By Mia De Graaf for Dailymail.Com

Search called off for Marvel/DC comic book artist who worked on Avengers and X-Men after he disappeared snorkeling in the Cayman Islands with his wife last week

Norman Lee, 47, worked on Avengers and X-Men in 20-year career

He was snorkeling with wife on Thursday when they became separated

Despite round-the-clock searches, investigators have found nothing

2672FAB100000578-2985491-image-a-62_1425849360178Tributes to ‘great talent’ who ‘lit up the room’ are posted on Facebook

Authorities in the Cayman Islands have ended a search for a U.S. Marvel/DC comic book artist who went missing while snorkeling with his wife on a vacation.

Norman Lee, who worked on Avengers and X-Men, were about 250 yards off the coast of Grand Cayman on Thursday afternoon when he became separated from wife of 2672FAB600000578-2985491-image-a-64_1425849385012fives years, Jan.

Despite round-the-clock helicopter, diving and boat searches, investigators have found no sign of the 47-year-old from Weymouth, Massachusetts.

On Saturday evening, the search was called off after chief inspector Brad Ebanks said the currents are so strong it is ‘unlikely that we will make any recovery at this stage.’

Lee started working for Marvel and DC Comics in 1995 as an ‘inker’, drawing over pencil sketches in pen before the 2672FABB00000578-2985491-image-a-65_1425849390804comic goes to print.

He was scheduled to appear at Boston Comic Con this summer.

Tributes have flooded in on Lee’s Facebook page.

One of his favorite artists and a source of inspiration, Mark McKenna, wrote: ‘I was thinking last night about my friends, Norman and Jan Lee, whom my heart aches for at 2672FAC500000578-2985491-image-m-71_1425849575967this moment… No BS in Norman, he told it like it was.’

Fellow X-Men artist Jorge Molina wrote: ‘A great talent and positive guy with a smile on his face 24/7, my thoughts go to him and his family.’

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Tragic: The search for Norman Lee, an inker for Marvel/DC Comics, in the Cayman Islands has been called off

Went missing: He was snorkeling with his wife Jan on Thursday when they became separated

Long career: Lee, from Weymouth, Massachusetts, worked on Avengers and X-Men during his career

2672FAD400000578-2985491-image-a-72_1425849584439He was a permanent fixture at Comic Con events and is scheduled to appear at Boston’s this July

Fans: Tributes have flooded in for Lee with many calling him ‘a great talent’ and gushing about his energy

For more on this story go to: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2985491/Search-called-Marvel-DC-comic-book-artist-worked-Avengers-X-Men-disappeared-snorkeling-Cayman-Islands-wife-week.html#ixzz3TtFcmRiR

 

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