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If you ever wondered why Spider-Man’s costume is blue and red, or why the Incredible Hulk is green, it was because of Stan Goldberg. At seventeen he started working for Stan Lee at Marvel Comics as their main colorist. And if that wasn’t enough, he illustrated Archie comics for over four decades—his were the digest comic books we’d pick up at the supermarket and the Archie strips we all grew up reading in the newspapers.
Stan passed away late Sunday night after suffering a stroke two weeks ago.
Abrams published Stan’s last Archie story back in Fall 2010, ARCHIE MARRIES…, and I am honored I was able to do an extended interview with him in the back of the book. I got to prompt all of those stories he loved to share, including this one:
"Sometimes it feels like the pages draw themselves. I sit down at my desk, and I’m working away, and Pauline will come into my studio. I don’t hear anything—I figure she’s doing something—but she’s looking at me, watching me draw. And then she’ll say, ‘I don’t know how you do it.’ And I’ll pick my head up slowly, and I’ll look at her and say, ‘You know what? Neither do I!’ After all these years, I still don’t know, Charlie. I just love to draw. But I can’t tell you how I do it."
If you wish to read more about Stan and his career, here are a few links:
We have published the work of countless artists over the decades, all of them deserving of the stature that comes from being an Abrams author. Stan Goldberg may not be the household name that Rockwell and Avedon and our other luminaries are, but his work has touched just as many lives thanks to his contributions to popular culture. He will be missed.Best,CHARLES KOCHMAN
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR, ABRAMS COMICARTS
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