Tom Moore has died at the age of 86. The Archie Comics cartoonist passed away due to lung cancer in El Paso, Texas, on Monday the 20th July. "He's a legend, in El Paso and, really, around the United States," All Star Comics & Games owner Brad Wilson told the El Paso Times newspaper. "A lot of people don't realize how much he influenced comic book art. He was still buying comics and a really nice guy, a fun guy."
Tom Moore was born on 20th July 1928. Moore was graduated from Austin High School, in El Paso, Texas in the year 1946. He was an American cartoonist, known for the talent behind the Archie Comic Book series from 1953 through 1988. Moore was also an illustrator for Snuffy Smith, Underdog and Mighty Mouse. He worked along with other Archie creators George Gladir, Orlando Busino, Sy Reit, and Frank Doyle.
Mr. Moore began drawing cartoons while serving in the Navy during the Korean War. He drew Archie and his friends on and off from 1953 until he retired in the late 1980s. The “Archie” franchise was created by cartoonist Bob Montana in 1941.
“I did one comic book a month,” Moore said in 1996. “I did everything. We always worked six months ahead. I’d be doing Christmas issues in June and beach stories with a foot of snow outside my window.” “I have enjoyed what I’ve done and I am pleased that others liked it, too,” Moore said. “I think it’s such a kick that my stuff is going to be hanging at the museum. Who knew Archie would have such universal appeal?”
Archie Comics' editor in chief, Victor Gorelick, added: "Tom was very funny and had a knack for putting together really great, hilarious gags and special pages when he worked at Archie. He was probably best known here for inking our Jughead relaunch decades ago. We're all sad to hear this news and wish his family the very best during this time."
"Archie Comics are saddened to hear of the passing of artist Tom Moore," the company's official Facebook page wrote on Monday. "Our thoughts are with his family and fans." Moore is survived by his wife, Ruth, son Lito Bujanda-Moore, and daughter Holly Mathew.
“He always felt that his heart belonged at the foot of the Franklin Mountains,” Moore’s son said.