WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Richard Bache Ayers of White Plains died May 4. He was 90.
Ayers was born April 28, 1924, in Ossining, to John and Gladys Ayers. He was a graduate of Greenburgh High School, and studied at The Art Career School and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. During his career he spent time teaching illustration in N.Y., and N.J. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps and during his time in the Air Corps painted "nose art" for the crews on their B-26 bombers. After the Air Corp he worked for Magazine Enterprises as a comic illustrator and co-created the original Ghost Rider character.
He then worked at Marvel Comics for Stan Lee. He penciled and inked many of the super hero characters such as: Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulk, The Avengers, Thor, Rawhide Kid, Two-Gun Kid, Sgt Fury and Captain America. He later worked for DC comics and continued to pencil and ink many more well known comic characters. His career spanned over 65 years and he continued to freelance through 2013.
Ayers is survived by his wife, Charlotte Lindy Ayers; daughter, Elaine; sons, Stephen, Richard and Frederick; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and sister, Joanne Paustian.
Calling hours are from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 12, at the Ballard-Durand Funeral Home in White Plains. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 13 at St. John's Evangelist Church in White Plains. The burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in White Plains.
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