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By Chris V. Thangham     Feb 14, 2007 in Lifestyle
Archie Comics artist Joe Edwards dies at the age of 85.
Joe Edwards, an artist who worked on the 1942 debut issue of Archie comics and later created the character Li’l Jinx, has died. Edwards, who was 85, died Feb. 8 at his home after years of treatment for heart problems, said his son, Todd Edwards. A Manhattan native, Edwards served in the Army during World War II, illustrating training manuals. While based in Italy, he drew animated cartoons warning of minefields around Naples.
Joe Edwards died on February 8, 2007 but the news of his death came just now, probably because of privacy reasons. Joe Edwards used to work for Demby Studios which produced a number of comic book stories and then joined MLJ Comics, the precursor to Archie Comics.
His son Todd Edwards, fondly remembers his dad and said that Joe Edwards used to carry a sketch pad with him and used to delight doctors and nurses despite his bad health.
Along with drawing the popular redheaded teenager, Archie Andrews, and his pals Jughead, Betty and Veronica, Edwards created Li’l Jinx, a precocious girl who had her own comic book for a time and still appears as a character in others, said Victor Gorelick, vice president and managing editor of Archie Comics.
Also some say, many of Li’l Jinx’s adventures were based on Edwards’ experiences with his own two sons and daughter.
Besides his son Todd, Edwards is survived by his wife, Eda Selnick, another son, Ken, a daughter, Naomi, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The funeral service for Joe Edwards was held on Sunday.
The drawings were impeccable, he brought life to those comics. I think every kid must have read Archie Comics books, I used to read plenty and used to look forward to getting more books from the library. Did you like Archie comics when you were a kid?
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