George Gladir, a prolific writer for Archie Comics from 1959 to the present day, passed away Wednesday, the publisher confirms.
His most famous co-creation is Sabrina the Teenage Witch, introduced in 1962 by Gladir and legendary artist Dan DeCarlo. The character remains one of the most famous additions to the Archie cast, and has been seen in two different animated series, and a live-action sitcom that ran from 1996 to 2003. Additionally, Gladir wrote extensively for Archie, Josie and the Pussycats and the rest of the company's famous characters."I've had the pleasure and the honor of working and learning from George for 54 years," Archie editor-in-chief/co-president Victor Gorelick said in a statement. "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 ArchieComics was saddened by the loss of George Gladir. We'll all miss him."
In 2007, Gladir received the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing. Work by Gladir has been scheduled at least through Archie's most recent solicitations, for comics released in June 2013.Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!