We were devastated to hear of the passing of legendary artist Stan Goldberg, who died on Sunday at the age of 82. Goldberg began his career in the comics industry working for Timely Comics. When Stan Lee's superhero sagas helped usher in the age of Marvel Comics in the 1960s, Goldberg was on the front lines, working as colorist on early issues of Fantastic Four and The Amazing Spider-Man. Following stints on such Marvel and DC teen-oriented titles as Millie the Model, Date with Debbie, and Binky, Goldberg found his greatest success after he began working for Archie Comics in the early 1970s.
It was here that his vibrant art style found a perfect match for the feel good excitement of Archie and his pals and gals. Perhaps Goldberg's greatest achievement during his over 40-year stint with the company is his work helping develop the so-called "Archie Adventure Series" titles in the 1970s. These atypical (and often crazy/awesome) Archie stories featured the Riverdale gang getting involved in mysteries, action/adventure tales and even supernatural horror in the pages of Archie at Riverdale High, That Wilkin Boy, Josie and the Pussycats, and, most notably, Life with Archie. Not only do these off-template entries rate highly amongst Archieologists, but they were also prototypical versions of the edgier stories that would come to be told in the contemporary titles Life with Archie: The Married Life and Afterlife with Archie.
In a statement released yesterday, Archie Comics had this to say about Goldberg:
A fixture of Archie Comics for over 40 years, Stan's work at Archie included lengthy stints on titles like Archie, Life with Archie, Betty and Me, Laugh, Pep Comics, Sabrina and the Archie newspaper strip, to name a few.
"Stan was a pro, and he really helped define these characters while he was here, from his earliest work to the hit Archie Wedding story five years ago," said Archie Comics Editor-in-Chief, Victor Gorelick, who has worked at the company for over 56 years and edited Stan's best-known work. "He was one of our go-to guy for decades. That's nearly unheard of in comics, and Stan made it look easy. He will be missed by the entire comic book industry."
In recent years, Goldberg still occasionally contributed to Archie, as well as freelancing on a diverse array of comic projects ranging from The Three Stooges to Spider-Man. He was also a familiar face on the convention scene, where he could always be scene doing sketches or talking to fans with a smile on his face. He truly was a comic original, and to merely say he will be missed is a vast understatement.