Tom Moore, one of several beloved artist for the timeless Archie comics, as well as Underdog and Mighty Mouse has passed away at the age of 86.
The Archie Years
(Please note, the Archie shown here is the current rendering, as Archie is about to release a new comic)
Archie and his gang of friends in Riverdale are friends that many of us few up on. For me personally, it was one of the first comics that I ever picked up and one that stayed with me for years. I had quite a hefty collection of them.
It should be noted that Mr. Moore was not the only artist that worked on the Archie comics, but that he did work on them for four decades and that his work was integral to the brand.
Mr. Moore was in the US Navy during the Korean war when he started drawing cartoons of his captain. He later created a strip called Chick Call that was circulated among the armed forces and in military publications. Sadly, I couldn’t find any screen caps or info Chick Call online, but if anyone is interested, the research is probably worth it.
Mr. Moore had been battling lung cancer while living in El Paso, TX. The Archie portion of his career started in 1953, when he met the creator of the characters and the two teamed up to create the stories together. He worked on the comic until his eventual retirement in the late 1980s.
His work on Archie and the gang were spotlighted in the El Paso Museum of Art in 1996. He seemed shocked and pleasantly surprised that his work had such a reach and was appreciated by so many, but even then his responses to media interviews and questions were muted and humble. He was simply happy to know that he’d made other people happy, that seemed to be enough for him.
The official Archie Comic Facebook page posted their condolences on July 21st:
Locals state that he was still a lover of comic books and an all around great and friendly guy. Our hearts and condolences go out to his son, daughter and wife who mourn his passing.