George Gladir, 87, a prolific writer and cartoonist for Archie Comics who for half a century breathed life into Jughead, Archie, Veronica and other well-known residents of the imaginary town of Riverdale, died April 3 in Encinitas after a short illness, his family announced. The cause was not disclosed.
Gladir, who lived in Oceanside, was also the co-creator in 1962 of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, who was a character for Archie Comics before becoming the central figure three decades later of a popular television series. Gladir often said he gained insight and inspiration for Sabrina from observing his own daughter as she was growing up.
Gladir was still penning "Archie" comics, as well as "The Three Stooges" comics, until a few weeks before his death, his family said.
Born in New York City on Sept. 27, 1925, Gladir was the son of Russian immigrants. He went to Stuyvesant High School in the city, then served in the Army during World War II. He took part in the Normandy invasion before being captured by a German army unit and becoming a prisoner of war.