Stan Goldberg, superhero of comic-book illustration, dies at 82

Julie Wiener

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Stan Goldberg was inducted into the National Cartoonists Society Hall of Fame in 2012. (Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK (JTA) — Comic-book artist Stan Goldberg, the color designer for Marvel Comics’ classic superheroes, has died.

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Goldberg, known to comic-book fans as “Stan G,” died Sunday at Cavalry Hospital in the Bronx. He was 82.

He was inducted into the National Cartoonists Society Hall of Fame and awarded with its Gold Key Award in 2012.

Goldberg started his career at age 16, when he joined Timely (now known as Marvel) Comics as a staff colorist, quickly becoming its color department manager. He colored interiors and almost every Marvel cover published throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, according to his family.

He also was the color designer for the classic Marvel superheroes and villains of the 1960s, including Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men and The Hulk.

Goldberg went on to illustrate romance comics, such as Patsy Walker, My Girl Patsy and Millie the Model. He also helped write plots for Millie the Model.

In the late 1960s, Goldberg began illustrating for Archie Comics, where he worked for more than 40 years.

Most recently, he worked on several graphic novels, including Nancy Drew and the Three Stooges.

Goldberg had homes in Queens, N.Y., and on Long Island in Hampton Bays.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, two sons and four grandchildren. Goldberg also had a daughter that was murdered in 1984.