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The cartoonist who brought beloved comic book character Archie Andrews and his friends, passed away in his hometown in Texas, July 20.

Tom Moore died while in hospice care in El Paso after being diagnosed with throat cancer and decided not to undergo treatment.

He was 86 years old.

Moore started drawing cartoons while he was assigned at the United States Navy during the height of the Korean War.

His career in the comic book industry began after the war when he took the funding opportunity provided by the GI Bill.

Moore enrolled in a school in New York for cartoonists where he studied under the auspices of the illustrator for Tarzan comic strip Burne Hogarth.

He would later join Archie Comics, which was founded by Bob Montana in 1941 and Moore later took over in 1953, and became a mainstay in the publication until his retirement in the lates 1980s.

“I did one comic book a month. 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,” the cartoonist told El Paso Times in 1996.

Current Archie Comics editor-in-chief Victor Gorelick describes Moore as the “cartoonists’ cartoonist.”

“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,” Gorelick said.

Moore later retired in his hometown of El Paso, which honored his work by displaying some of his work and his collection of comic books at the El Paso Museum of Art.

“I have enjoyed what I’ve done and I am pleased that others liked it, too. 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?” Moore exclaimed at that time.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years Ruth, their son Lito, and daughter Holly.

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