Tom Moore, a cartoonist who brought to life the escapades of a freckle-faced, red-haired all-American boy, Archie Andrews, and his pal Jughead in the long-running comic-book series, died July 20 in hospice care in El Paso. He was 86.
A son, Lito Bujanda-Moore, told the Associated Press that his father received a diagnosis of throat cancer within the past week and chose not to undergo treatment.
Mr. Moore, who began drawing cartoons while serving in the Navy during the Korean War, 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.
After his military service, Mr. Moore used funding available through the G.I. Bill to attend art school in New York, where he studied under “Tarzan” comic strip illustrator Burne Hogarth.
Soon afterward, Mr. Moore signed up with Archie Comics in New York.
In 1961, Mr. Moore moved back to his native El Paso, where he lived for the rest of his life.
“I did one comic book a month,” Mr. Moore told the El Paso Times 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.”
Annual sales of the comic regularly surpassed half a million during the 1960s, according to the newspaper.
Archie Comics’ editor in chief, Victor Gorelick, who has worked at the company for more than 50 years, said Mr. Moore “was a cartoonist’s cartoonist.”
“Tom was very funny and had a knack for putting together really great, hilarious gags and special pages when he worked at Archie,” Gorelick said. “He was probably best known here for inking our ‘Jughead’ relaunch decades ago.”
After retiring, Mr. Moore kept tabs on Archie — and disagreed when the comic book company decided to kill off the character.
The El Paso Museum of Art displayed some of Mr. Moore’s work and his vast comic collection about 20 years ago.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Ruth Moore; and two children.