'Savior' of Marvel Comics James Galton Passes Away

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Former Marvel Entertainment Group President/CEO James Galton has passed away at the age of 92, according to The Hollywood Reporter

Galton was Marvel's president from 1975 to 1991, and is credited with saving the publisher from bankruptcy during his time at the House of Ideas. Galton streamlined distribution, pushed Marvel Comics into international markets, and even acquired the license to create Star Wars comic books before the first film was released - one of the major successes that helped pull Marvel out of financial trouble. Galton also helped launch Marvel Animation in the 80s.

Galton reportedly passed away on Monday of undisclosed causes in his home in Naples, Florida. He is survived by his wife, Lydia, their four children, and six grandchildren.

[Editor’s note: Newsarama was unable to locate an image of Mr. Galton that could be republished with permission.]

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