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Rob Samsel, 1964-2011
posted June 7, 2011
The comics community learned via a posting by Jimmy Palmiotti to twitter
that early Wizard
staffer and subsequent comics retail employee Rob Samsel passed away on February 18
in a Connecticut hospital after being suddenly stricken. He was 46 years old.
Samsel is best known in comics circles for being one of the early staffers at the recently-defunct industry magazine Wizard
, in the days when the magazine was organized a bit more like a traditional comics news publication with interviews and news stories than it was perhaps structured in different periods later on in its history. A part of that magazine's remarkable surge to the top of the hobby-publication heap, Samsel was an embodiment of that publication's virtues in terms of a sense of humor and maintaining deep, dependable industry connections across a variety of comics people upon which to call.
In later years he worked at a variety of Connecticut retailers and also conducted some collectible business on his own. As the comics industry catches up to the news, Samsel is remembered here
He is survived by a wife of eight years, a son, Robert Jr., three step-sons and a wide variety of other relatives. He was buried on Tuesday, February 22, following a brief ceremony.