All artists put a piece of themselves into their work, but that phrase has been taken to the extreme by the widow of the late Mark Gruenwald, a famed writer, penciler and editor of Captain America.
In a move that is as sweet as it is macabre, Gruenwald’s widow, Catherine Schuller-Gruenwald, sprinkled the base of the 13-foot-tall Captain America statue with the writer’s ashes last week.
According to the New York Post, Schuller-Gruenwald didn’t have permission to sprinkle Greenwald’s ashes and was almost stopped. “At first no one cared and then security came over. Obviously Marvel doesn’t want dead ashes on their property,” said Sara [Gruenwald, the writer’s daughter]. Schuller-Gruenwald managed it anyway.
The scattering took place during the reveal ceremony for the statue in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park for Brooklyn boy Steve Rogers’ 75-year anniversary—a tribute to the popularity of the Marvel superhero. At the base of the statue (besides the ashes, of course) is the phrase “I’m just a kid from Brooklyn.”
This isn’t the only time Gruenwald’s ashes have turned up in unexpected places: In fulfilling her husband’s wishes, Schuller-Gruenwald placed some of his ashes in a print run of his 1985-86 mini-series, Squadron Supreme.
Greenwald died of a heart attack in 1996 at the age of 43.
His ashes, however, are still going.