I will only say this: I scoured the The Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1977) as a young lad, and Blackbeard’s commentary in this volume and his essay in The Complete E.C. Segar Popeye (Volume One: Sundays, 1930-1932) were among the first extended historical treatments of comics I ever read. May Blackbeard’s contributions to comics long be remembered.
Bill Blackbeard, 1926-2011 (The Comics Reporter, April 25, 2011).
Bill Blackbeard, R.I.P. by Jeet Heer (The Comics Journal, April 25, 2011).
Bill Blackbeard: Tributes, edited by Dan Nadel (The Comics Journal, April 25, 2011).
Bill Blackbeard, the Man Who Saved Comics, Dead at 84 by R.C. Harvey
Bill Blackbeard Dies at 84; Saved Comic Strips, New York Times, April 29, 2011, by Margalit Fox.