Stan Goldberg, born in 1932, was a comic book creator who worked principally on Archie and Marvel Comics, including contributing to designing the look of Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four, working for as a colourist, penciller and inker. He also worked as the principal Archie Comics penciller from the nineties until the the mid noughties, including the Archie Meets Punisher comic, finishing his work for the publisher with the Life With Archie future universe marriages of Archie to both Betty and Veronica, though the relationship with Archie Comics seemed to end acrimoniously.
Veteran comic book artist and colorist Stan Goldberg died earlier this evening, the result of a stroke he suffered two weeks ago. He was 82 and had made a miraculous recovery from an auto accident last year. I saw him and his lovely wife Pauline, who was also recovered from the crash, at the National Cartoonists Society gathering at the end of last May. He was so happy to be back with his friends and fellow cartoonists.
Stan was a cartoonist for most of his life and a more devoted one, you could never find. He was also a charming man who was always willing to talk about his days as Marvel’s star colorist or the many decades he spent drawing Archie and other comics in much the same style. The number of pages he produced in his lifetime was staggering.I wrote about the details of his career in the earlier piece linked above. All I can add here is how much I liked and admired that guy. He was one of the greatest of the greatest generation.
The family of Stan Goldberg issued the following statement.
It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of Stanley Goldberg, of blessed memory, earlier this evening. Stan touched many lives through his artwork but was also a dear friend, beloved husband, loving father and doting grandfather. Through the years, countless fans shared how much his work meant to them and what a thrill it was to meet him or have a piece of his work. Stan felt just as strongly about all the people he met and would fondly recall the stories that fans would share with him.
After a difficult year, Stan was elated at the opportunity to join his friends in San Diego at the Cartoonist Society gathering this past May. He and Pauline spent most of their 26th summer out at their beach house and he had created an amazing piece of art for the upcoming Box Art Auction benefiting East End Hospice. Stan was also looking forward to attending the fall bat mitzvah of his oldest grandchild, Bridget, and plans were in the works for Pauline and Stan’s next trip to San Miguel de Allende where they have spent 20+ winters.
His friends and family were what he treasured most. May his memory be for a blessing.Sincerely,Pauline, Steve, Bennett, Karen, Debi, Bridget, Elliott, Benji and AriIn lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:East End Hospice
481 Westhampton-Riverhead Road
PO Box 1048
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
Graveside Funeral will be held
Tuesday, September 2 at 2 PM
Beth Moses Cemetery
Wellwood Avenue, West Babylon, NY 11704
(LIE to exit 49S, turn right on Pinelawn Rd which becomes Wellwood; cemetery on the left after the Golf Club)
The Goldbergs will sit shiva at the home of Pauline Goldberg
162-41 Powells Cove Blvd, #2P
Beechhurst, NY 11357
Immediately following the funeral
Additionally, condolence visits are welcome Wednesday and Thursday from 1 PM- 5 PM