Archie Comics' long-time Editor-in-Chief/Co-President Victor Gorelick has died at the age of 78, as announced by the company.
"We are extremely heartbroken and devastated to inform the Archie family of the passing of Archie icon and Editor-in-Chief, Victor Gorelick, who made Riverdale his home for over 60 years," the Pelham, NY-based company said in a statement. "No person embodied the Archie spirit more than Victor, who was a leader, friend, and mentor to everyone that walked through the doors of Archie."
Gorelick joined Archie Comics in 1957 at the age of 16, working in their production department while attending the New York City's High School of Art & Design (then known as the School of Industrial Art). From 1960 to 1964, Gorelick served in the U.S. Navy but continued to work for Archie as a freelancer. After his service, he rose through Archie's ranks to become Production Coordinator, Art Director, Editor, Managing Editor, and then in 2007 Editor-in-Chief.
"A lifelong friend and mentor to Archie Comics Co-CEO Jon Goldwater - and an inspiration to the entire Archie Comics Family - Victor will never be forgotten," Archie Comics' statement continued. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Kathie, his family, his friends, and his many fans."
In addition to his work with Archie Comics, Gorelick also served on the advisory board for the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in Dover, New Jersey, and was part of the Comic Magazine Association of America's Code Authority Guidelines Committee. For a time he taught cartooning at New York City's Kingsborough Community College.
Gorelick is survied by his wife, Katherine.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made in his memory.