40 Faces of Death: A Grim Reaper Gallery

Death and Comics
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Death pops up quite a bit in the world of comics, often in female form. Oh, sometimes she's a big-breasted woman in black underwear, other times a big-breasted woman in a clingy black robe -- but the far more interesting (and less embarrassing) incarnation is the version created in the pages of "The Sandman" by Neil Gaiman and Mike Dringenberg. This feminine death manifests as a perky, upbeat goth girl with a penchant for acceptable street clothes.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.