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Joe Pruett in hospital following possible stroke

joe pruettVeteran comics writer and editor Joe Pruett has been hospitalized following an apparent stroke.

The news was delivered last night on Facebook by his aunt Valerie Pruett Smith, who wrote, “Please say prayers for my nephew, Joe Pruett, he’s the father of six and is at the hospital with possible stroke.”

Perhaps best known as creative director of Caliber Press and editor of its acclaimed Negative Burn anthology in the 1990s, Pruett went on to write several issues of Marvel’s Cable and X-Men Unlimited. In 2004, he founded Desperado Publishing and, initially in partnership with Image Comics, revived Negative Burn and released such series as Flaming Carrot, Hatter M, Deadworld, Roundeye and The Revenant.

Pruett most recently contributed a story to IDW Publishing’s Rocketeer Adventures, and, according to his Facebook page, has been collaborating on a project with artist Michael Gaydos.

“I trust Joe Pruett will soon realize he’s too young to be laid up from a stroke and will instead fully recover and get out of the hospital before long,” IDW Publishing Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall wrote last night. “But until he does, please send best wishes his way to help him along in that recovery. Those six kids, as well as the rest of us, need you back on your feet soon, Joe.”



I wish him well. My favorite comic book, “The Wretch”, began in “Negative Burn”; without it, I probably wouldn’t be the comics fan I am today.

Terrible news. Joe gave my my “big break” with one of my shorts published in an issue of Negative Burn many years ago. Thoughts and prayers go out.


Joe gave me my start in comics, and has always been incredibly kind and supportive. I am sure there are many creators who would say the same. He is definitely one of the good guys, and I truly hope he can bounce back from this quickly, and be back to his old self as soon as possible. I will be praying for a quick recovery.

Martin Costello

June 26, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Get well soon Joe.

This guy has made some magnificent comics and magnificent careers. Fingers crossed for a speedy and full recovery.

Joe, I’m so shocked! I just heard about this! I hope you have recovered by now, and you are sure in my prayers, you and Melissa and the kids.

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