The El Paso Times via AP
Tuesday, July 21, 2015|8:14 p.m.
EL PASO, Texas– Tom Moore, the “Archie” cartoonist who brought to life the escapades of a freckled-face, red-haired character, has actually 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 Bujanda-Moore told The Associated Press on Tuesday. He said his dad was identified with throat cancer within the previous week and selected not to go through treatment.
Moore drew Archie Andrews and his pals on and off from 1953 up until he retired in the late 1980s. Yearly 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 concerns in June and beach stories with a foot of snow outside my window.”
After the war, Moore made use of financing readily available through the GI Bill to attend a school in New york city for cartoonists. He studied under “Tarzan” cartoon illustrator Burne Hogarth.
Soon after, Moore signed up with Archie Comics in New york city. Bob Montana produced “Archie” in 1941, and Moore took over in 1953.
However by 1961, Moore could not neglect the itch to be closer to the mountains of far western Texas, according to his child. He and his household moved from Long Island, New York, back to his native El Paso that year, and he later on took a break from comics and worked in public relations.
“He constantly felt that his heart belonged at the foot of the Franklin Mountains,” Moore’s boy, Lito Bujanda-Moore, told the newspaper.
Bujanda-Moore stated he daddy liked every element of nature: trees, rivers, mountains and deserts. One year the family prepared their Thanksgiving dish in the house, then took all of it out to the desert just east of El Paso.
“We would have the ability to have a fantastic Thanksgiving supper under the stars,” he said.
Archie Comics’ editorial director, Victor Gorelick, who has actually worked at the business for more than 50 years, said Moore “was a cartoonist’s cartoonist.” He noted that Archie Comics welcomed Moore back to help revamp Archie’s buddy, Jughead, and stayed with the company until he retired.
“Tom was uproarious and had a propensity for putting together truly great, humorous gags and unique pages when he worked at Archie,” Gorelick said. “He was most likely very well known right here for inking our ‘Jughead’ relaunch years ago. We’re all unfortunate to hear this news and wish his household the very best throughout this time.”
After retiring, Moore kept tabs on Archie– and disagreed when the comic book business chose to exterminate the character.
The El Paso Museum of Art displayed some of Moore’s work and his huge comic collection about 20 years back.
“I have enjoyed exactly what I’ve done and I am happy that others liked it, too,” Moore said at the time. “I believe it’s such a kick that my stuff is going to be hanging at the museum. Who knew Archie would have such universal appeal?”
Together with his boy, Moore and his partner of 63 years, Ruth, also raised a child, Holly Mathew.
Bujanda-Moore said there will be a celebration of his dad’s life in coming weeks.