George Gladir

Gladir, George Cartoonist and Comic Book Writer, Dies 09/27/1925 ~ 04/03/2013 OCEANSIDE / SAN DIEGO -- George Gladir brought Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge, Archie Andrews and Jughead Jones, and all the folks in the mythic comic book town of Riverdale to life for three generations of comic book readers. George was also the creator of the character Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Until several weeks ago, Gladir was still hard at work, still writing for Archie, where he began in 1959. At the 2007 Comic Con, Gladir received the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing. He served in World War II as an enlisted man in the 94th Division. Following his graduation, he re-enlisted in the Army and was stationed in Germany, as an intelligence officer, during the Korean War. A Graveside Service will be held at Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside, California, on Tuesday, April 9, at 1:30 p.m.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Apr. 9, 2013