HOBSON--Michael Z., 83, treasured husband of Ann Gould Hobson, father of Sarah Martin and Kate Henrickson, brother of Christopher Hobson, and grandfather of Kevin Martin and Holly Henrickson, on November 12 in New York City. Born December 8, 1936, and adopted in infancy by the late Laura Z. Hobson, novelist, Mike's long career in publishing included major stints at Scholastic, Inc., where he helped foster equal status for women employees, and as vice-president and, later, London representative for Marvel Comics. After retiring in 2003 he was consultant to several publishing ventures. Mike, who sometimes said his typical business role was as "the one sane person in the room," for this reason lived in caustic amazement at American racism, injustice, and politics. After a three month decline from heart failure, Mike died peacefully, at home, tended by those he loved and who loved him.

Published by New York Times on Nov. 22, 2020.
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Our deepest sympathy to Ann, Sarah and Kate. I still have fond memories of the Christmas we spent together in New York. Michael was a wonderful host. With love, Hollis Hedlund
Hollis Hedlund
December 12, 2020
Ronald Buehl
November 29, 2020
Mike and I were friends for decades. We survived many upheavals in publishing and loved to "grumble" about them during monthly lunches in N.Y.C. I will truly miss him. Ron Buehl
Ronald Buehl
November 29, 2020
Olivia Buehl
November 27, 2020
I’m sorry to read that Michael Z. Hobson has died at the age of 83. Although being remembered for his management role at Marvel Comics in the eighties and nineties, Mike had an amazing reputation that followed him throughoutthe comics world! My late husband, Michael Silberkleit,considered Mike one of the very best in the industry.They werealso friends and sometimebusiness associates.Someday, perhaps I’ll tell that story. Anyway, Michael Hobson andI would chat on occasion over the years and hewas always there for me as a trusted colleague as well as a genuinely sweet and kindperson. My heart goes out to his family, hisloved ones, his friends at Marvel and throughout our industry.
Rest in Power and Peace.
Nancy Silberkleit
November 23, 2020
Mike was a great mentor and role model for me in the comics business. He was, in the words of writer Harlan Ellison, "a mensch". His dry wit and astute insights were a breath of fresh air. His fair dealings, in a business not always known for them, set him apart.
David Scroggy
November 22, 2020
I am so sorry to learn of Mike’s passing and send my sincerest sympathy to Ann and the rest of his family.
Barry Kaplan
November 22, 2020
He was the best boss I ever had, one of my best friends and one of nicest people I've ever known. Kate and Sarah, I'm so sorry for your loss. Please reach out to me when you get a chance so we can discuss how Marvel can properly honor your Dad.
Sven Larsen
November 22, 2020
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