Artist launched convention in San Diego in 1970

Sheldon Dorf, who founded the world famous Comic-Con International comic book convention, died Nov. 3 in San Diego of kidney failure. He was 76.

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.

Dorf was friends with comic greats such as Marvel artist Jack Kirby and “Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz, and was also instrumental in helping budding artists find audiences. He was involved with the convention for about 15 years, but eventually pulled away, feeling it had grown too large and overly devoted to the entertainment business.

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