‘Archie’ car­toon­ist Tom Moore, who drew the famed comic un­til late 1980s, dies in El Paso

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM - EL PASO, TEXAS

Tom Moore, the “Archie” car­toon­ist who brought to life the es­capades of the freck­led-face, red-haired char­ac­ter, has died in Texas. He was 86.

Moore, who be­gan draw­ing car­toons while in the U.S. Navy dur­ing the Korean War, died early Mon­day morn­ing while in hos­pice care in his home­town of El Paso, his son Lito Bu­jan­daMoore told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Tues­day. He said his fa­ther was di­ag­nosed with throat can­cer within the past week and chose not to un­dergo treat­ment.

Moore drew Archie An­drews and his friends on and off from 1953 un­til he re­tired in the late 1980s. An­nual sales of the comic regularly sur­passed half a mil­lion dur­ing the 1960s, ac­cord­ing to the El Paso Times.

“I did one comic book a month,” Moore told the news­pa­per in 1996. “I did ev­ery­thing. We al­ways worked six months ahead. I'd be do­ing Christ­mas is­sues in June and beach sto­ries with a foot of snow out­side my win­dow.”

Af­ter the war, Moore used fund­ing avail­able through the GI Bill to at­tend a school in New York for car­toon­ists. He stud­ied un­der “Tarzan” comic strip il­lus­tra­tor Burne Hog­a­rth.

Soon af­ter, Moore signed up with Archie Comics in New York. Bob Mon­tana cre­ated “Archie” in 1941, and Moore took over in 1953.

But by 1961, Moore couldn't ig­nore the itch to be closer to the moun­tains of far western Texas, ac­cord­ing to his son. He and his fam­ily moved from Long Is­land, New York, back to his na­tive El Paso that year, and he later took a break from comics and worked in public re­la­tions.

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