Legendary comic book artist Stan Goldberg has died, aged 82.
Goldberg passed away on Sunday (31Aug14) as the result of a stroke he suffered two weeks earlier.
The news of his death was announced on his Facebook page on Monday (01Sep14) in a statement which reads, "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. His friends and family were what he treasured most. May his memory be for a blessing."
Goldberg began his career at the age of 16 as a staff colourist for Timely Comics, which was a predecessor of Marvel. He quickly worked up the ranks at the company and provided artwork for many interiors and covers, and was also involved with the start of the Marvel Universe, helping create colour schemes for the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Incredible Hulk.
However Goldberg, who also worked with iconic comic book artist Stan Lee, was best known for his work for Archie Comics, in which he was the primary artist for decades. His work was featured in not only the beloved titular Archie comics, but also in Jughead, Josie and the Pussycats, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Goldberg was honoured with an Inkpot Award in 1994 and presented with the National Cartoonists Society's Gold Key Awards, as well as an induction to its Hall of Fame in 2012.
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