Along with the rest of the comics industry, I was shocked to learn the sad news of the death of Archie Comics editor-in-chief, Victor Gorelick.
For more than six decades, Victor has been with Archie Comics Publications. His loyalty to Archie was unquestionable. A man of many skills, he did lettering, colouring, whatever needed to be done. For most of that time, as Archie’s iconic editor-in-chief, Victor was the face of Archie to several generations of fans and collectors at conventions and trade shows and other public appearances where he spent the grueling hours with humour in his heart and a smile on his face, always connecting our brand to the people.
The editor is always really the person in charge when it comes to publishing comic books, and that’s how I’ve always seen Victor.
Victor immersed himself in all the wonderful Riverdale characters and their stories, stories that affected so many people globally, so many generations here in the United States. Stories change hearts, stories change minds, stories provide hope when there is no hope. Victor gave the Archie fans all of that and more for more than half a century. What a legacy!
May Victor rest in peace, knowing ever after that his many contributions to Archie’s rich history will be remembered with love.
Victor Gorelick (5th April 1941 – 7th February 2020)
Our thanks to Nancy for permission to publish her tribute to Victor. Nancy is online at www.nancysilberkleit.com
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.