Everett Peck, an illustrator whose comic book creation “Duckman” was adapted into a 1990s animated series voiced by Jason Alexander, died on Tuesday. He was 71 years old.
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Peck died of pancreatic cancer in Solana Beach, Calif., his wife, Helen, told The Hollywood Reporter.
Peck created “Duckman” for a 1990 one-off comic published by Dark Horse Comics while pitching the idea for an adult-only animated series, the entertainment outlet reported.
The animated series — officially named “Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man” — ran on the USA Network from 1994 to 1997, according to IMDb.com.
Peck created and developed the series, according to Deadline. It featured the voices of Alexander, Gregg Berger, Nancy Travis, Dana Hill, Pat Musick, EG Daily and Dweezil Zappa. The show was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Animated Program in 1994, 1996 and 1997, the website reported.
“‘Duckman’ represents the plight of the little guy in an increasingly complex and demanding world,” Peck said in a 2009 interview with Alternative Magazine. “Like many of us, he struggles to break even but is ultimately crushed by powers far beyond his control.”
Alexander portrayed Eric Tiberius Duckman, the self-loathing “private family man” who lives with his late wife, sister, two children and stepmother, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was co-starring in “Seinfeld” during his time voicing the character of Duckman.
“I have just learned with sadness of the passing of Everett Peck, the genius animator and artist who brought ‘Duckman’ to life,” said Alexander. tweeted Thursday evening. “It was an honor to voice his beloved creation and a joy to have known Everett. He was one of a glorious genre. My best to his family and friends.
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