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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

"Archie" artist dies

This news, off the AP wire today:

Joe Edwards, an artist who worked on the 1942 debut issue of Archie comics and later created the character Li’l Jinx, has died. Edwards, who was 85, died Feb. 1 at his home after years of treatment for heart problems, said his son, Todd Edwards.

Along with drawing the popular redheaded teenager, ArchieAndrews, and his pals Jughead, Betty and Veronica, Edwards created Li’l Jinx, a precocious girl who had her own comic book for a time and still appears as a character in others, said Victor Gorelick,vice president and managing editor of Archie Comics.

Many of Li’l Jinx’s adventures were based on Edwards’experiences with his own two sons and daughters. “He was a very funny cartoonist, and a good ideas man,” Gorelick said.


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