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Posted at 1:45 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

RIP, Archie Comics & Marvel artist John 'Jon' D'Agostino

By Michael Cavna


It takes a truly fluid talent to be able to draw both Jughead and G.I. Joe, not just the movement but also the distinctly different moods of the work.

Longtime comic-book artist John D'Agostino Sr. -- who went by "Jon" and had written under the name "Johnny Dee" -- was that fluid a talent.

The Italian-born artist worked at Timely/Marvel Comics on such characters as the Hulk and the Amazing Spider-Man before beginning a long and fruitful relationship with Archie Comics in the mid-'60s, thoroughly investing his abilities into Riverdale High.

D'Agostino died Sunday of bone cancer at age 81 in Connecticut, Archie Comics said Tuesday in a statement.

"He was a delight -- warm, funny and a terrific father," Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater tells Comic Riffs. "I had the pleasure of meeting his sons at New York Comic Con and they couldn't have been more proud of their dad -- a great family."

While at Timely, D'Agostino supervised artist Stan Goldberg, who would go on to have tremendous success at Archie Comics. D'Agostino also worked on Sonic the Hedgehog, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and My Little Margie.

"John D. was a great guy -- always pleasant, cooperative and a total joy to work with," Marvel mastermind Stan Lee, who mentored D'Agostino, tells Comic Riffs.

In its statement, Archie Comics says that D'Agostino's latest work will appear in this month's issue of "Jughead Double Digest" (No. 166) and that some of his covers will be published next year.

"Jon was supremely talented and a valuable and important member of the Archie team and family," Goldwater tells 'Riffs. "We will miss him and remember him always."

jughd.jpg "Jughead Double Digest" No. 166 (Archie Comics)

By Michael Cavna  | December 1, 2010; 1:45 PM ET
Categories:  The Comic Book  | Tags:  Archie Comics, John D'Agostino, Jon Goldwater, Stan Goldberg, Stan Lee  
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His name is John, but he had Jon as a nickname? Gosh, I wish I could know the story behind that!

-- Jon (but Jonathan to the IRS)

Posted by: delfin88 | December 2, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

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