Comic-Con founder Sheldon Dorf dead at 76

Nov. 04, 2009 | 9:42 p.m.

Sheldon Dorf, who founded the world-famous Comic-Con International comic-book convention, has died. He was 76. A longtime friend, Greg Koudoulian, says the Ocean Beach resident died at a San Diego hospital on Nov. 3 from kidney failure. He had diabetes and had been hospitalized for about a year. Dorf, a freelance artist and comic-strip letterer, founded Comic-Con in San Diego in 1970 after moving from Detroit. Today, the convention draws 125,000 fans a year and is a major gathering for comic-book fans, artists, writers and movie stars.

– Associated Press

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