Monday, October 8, 2007

In Memoriam: Richard H. Goldwater

Richard H. Goldwater, President/Co-Publisher of Archie Comics, passed away October 2, 2007, after battling cancer. Richard’s father, John Goldwater, was the co-creator of Archie Andrews – America’s perennial teenager, and his girlfriends Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge. In 1941, John and his business partners, Louis Silberkleit and Maurice Coyne, founded MLJ, the company that later became Archie Comic Publications. Richard joined the Company after college and, worked his way up through the business learning all facets of running a successful publishing empire.

Richard was instrumental in the introduction of new properties, such as Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Josie and the Pussycats. He took great satisfaction knowing that Archie Comics only produced comics with content that parents could trust to be appropriate for their children. Richard also assisted efforts to expand Archie’s core characters into other mediums – including countless “Archie”, “Sabrina” and “Josie” animated television series, a live action “Sabrina” television series, a “Josie and the Pussycats” theatrical motion picture and “The Archies” musical group that had tremendous success in the 60’s and 70’s.

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