ARCHIE COMICS REMEMBERS GEORGE GLADIRApr4
4/4/2013 1:34 PM
Today Archie Comics honors the legendary George Gladir who passed away Wednesday evening. An integral part of the history of Archie Comics, Gladir crafted countless stories over the decades after beginning his career writing for Archie in 1959, with new stories still coming in to this day.
In 1962, Gladir teamed with legendary Archie artist, Dan DeCarlo, to create one of the most famous characters in pop culture, Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Sabrina’s first appearance was in Archie’s MadHouse #22. She’s starred on television in her own animated series and a live-action sitcom. Archie Comics recently celebrated Sabrina’s 50th anniversary, cementing her status as one of the most important and longstanding characters in history. In addition, Gladir wrote for Archie, Betty & Veronica, Jughead, Josie and the Pussycats, and all the rest of the Archie cast.
Gladir was presented with the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing in 2007, the highest honor a writer can receive in comics. His contributions to the comic book medium as well as his influence on future generations of storytellers is immeasurable and will continue to shape the spirit of Riverdale and beyond.
Gladir is well remembered by his peers who expressed deep sympathy over his passing:
Archie Comics Co-CEO Jon Goldwater was quoted as saying, “George Gladir was one of the most important and influential writers at Archie Comics. George and Dan DeCarlo created the iconic character Sabrina the Teenage Witch who is beloved by millions of fans around the world. He was a sweet and lovable man and we will miss him.”
Archie Comics Editor-in-Chief/Co-President Victor Gorelick expressed, “I am deeply sorry to hear that George passed away. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family. I’ve had the pleasure and the honor of working and learning from George for 54 years. As an editor, George made my job easy. He was always current, understood the characters, was funny and always sent reference. The entire staff at Archie Comics was saddened by the loss of George Gladir. We’ll all miss him.”
Archie Comics President Mike Pellerito adds, “There are not enough kind words to describe how wonderful a person or how amazing of a writer George was. We just spoke within the last few weeks going over new scripts and gags he turned in, all of which are perfect and as funny and as good as he ever has done. It's just devastating to learn the sad news. My condolences to his wonderful family and his millions of fans. Working and knowing George is one of the best experiences of my career and I will miss him."
His legacy will live on forever in the hearts and minds of those he touched through his work and everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.