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Shel Dorf, founder of Comic-Con, dies in San Diego

November 4, 2009 | 11:27 am


Sheldon Dorf, who founded the world-famous Comic-Con International comic-book convention, has died. He was 76.

A longtime friend, Greg Koudoulian, says the Ocean Beach resident died at a San Diego hospital on Nov. 3 from kidney failure. He had diabetes and had been hospitalized for about a year.

Dorf, a freelance artist and comic-strip letterer, founded Comic-Con in San Diego in 1970 after moving from Detroit.

Today, the convention draws 125,000 fans a year and is a major gathering for comic-book fans, artists, writers and movie stars.

-- Associated Press

Photo: Shel Dorf with some of his comic-book memorabilia in 2006. Credit: San Diego Union-Tribune