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    Dan DeCarlo Jr.
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Bio:
Dan DeCarlo defined the look of the prototypical American teenagers Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and their friends at Riverdale High after taking over as chief artist at the comic book company in 1975, when the characters' creator, Bob Montana, died. The Archie cast was a combination of real people Mr. Montana remembered from his high school years in Haverhill, Mass., and the idealized small-town America of the Andy Hardy movies. Mr. DeCarlo brought his own distinctive, clean-lined cartoon style, which was soon adopted as the house style for the characters, especially the leggy females with wide eyes and snub noses.

Mr. DeCarlo was renowned for his curvaceous depiction of the female form, so-called "good girl" art, which had its origins in the pinup style of World War II. "He was always interested in drawing shapely girls," wife, Josie said.

In 1946 he worked for Timely Comics (later Marvel Comics) on cheesecake titles like "Millie the Model" and "My Friend Irma," and free- lanced for The Saturday Evening Post, Argosy and Humorama.

"It was the time of Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield, so he was drawing that voluptuous type of woman," Mrs. DeCarlo said. "When he went to Archie, he was drawing teenagers, so he changed his style a bit," she said. "But he always had curve."

Mr. DeCarlo gave the blond Betty Cooper her distinctive ponytail and kept up with what teenagers were wearing, from miniskirts and Nehru jackets in the 1960's to baby T-shirts and cargo pants in the 90's.

Mr. DeCarlo was born in New Rochelle and attended New Rochelle High School and the Art Students League for three years before he was drafted into the Army in 1941; he worked as a draftsman and had a sideline, painting company mascots on the noses of airplanes.

He met his wife, Josie Dumont, a French citizen, in Belgium shortly after the Battle of the Bulge. His French was minimal. "We communicated with drawing," Mrs. DeCarlo said. "He would draw things for me to make me understand what he had in mind. He was really so amusing. Instead of just using words he would use cartoons to express himself. Right away we knew that we were meant for each other."

The ever-stylish Josie DeCarlo was the inspiration for the leader of the Pussycats. "We went on a Caribbean cruise, and I had a costume for the cruise, and that's the way it started," Mrs. DeCarlo said about her cat suit, immortalized by the animated cartoon's bubble-gum theme song, "Josie and the Pussycats/ Long tails and ears for hats."

"The hairdo came after," Mrs. DeCarlo said. "One day I came in with a new hairdo with a little bow in my hair, and he said, `That's it!' "

The exact circumstances of Josie's creation became the subject of a lawsuit involving Mr. DeCarlo and Archie Comics shortly before the cartoon was made into a feature film this year. Mr. DeCarlo said that he created the character on his own in the late 1950's and tried to sell it as a syndicated comic strip called "Here's Josie." At least one syndicate turned him down, he said. "You know, I threw that letter away," he once said. "If I still had that letter, there wouldn't have been any case. I would have been a shoo-in."

The position of Archie Comics was that Mr. DeCarlo created the character for them as "work for hire," so the rights belonged to the company. The fallout was rancorous even by the standards of such suits over intellectual property rights: Archie fired Mr. DeCarlo in May 2000 after 43 years of work.

"They could have worked it out," Mrs. DeCarlo said. "My husband was not asking for millions of dollars. They paid him well, but Dan felt that it was not enough. He was looking for them to realize that he was getting on in years and that he deserved to get something back."

He was listed as a creator in the end credits of "Josie and the Pussycats," which did poorly at the box office. He did receive a bonus and credit as co-creator of Sabrina the teenage witch, which became a popular live-action television show.

The couple's twin sons, Dan Jr. and Jim, both deceased, also worked on their father's comics as inkers.

Despite his falling out with the company, he loved Archie and his pals. "Those characters that he drew for Archie were always the subject for our conversation at the dinner table," Mrs. DeCarlo said. "We always wanted to know, what are they going to do tomorrow, what are you drawing, how are they going to dress? Everybody would voice his opinion. They were like part of our family."

Date of Birth: December 12, 1919
Birthplace: New Rochelle, New York
Date of death: December 19, 2001



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Awards:
  • 1995 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Hall of Fame
  • 1999 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Hall of Fame
  • 2000 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Hall of Fame
  • 2001 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Hall of Fame
  • 2002 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Winner - Hall of Fame: (Voter's choice)




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Penciller:
The Adventures of Kool-Aid Man (1983)
Alice in Comicland (2014)
Archie (1960)
Archie & Friends "A Halloween Tale" (1998)
Archie & Friends Double Digest Magazine (2011)
Archie All Canadian Digest (1996)
Archie and Friends (1992)
Archie and Me (1964)
Archie Annual Digest (1975)
Archie Digest, Free Comic Book Day Edition (2014)
Archie Giant Series Magazine (1954)
Archie's Christmas Stocking (1993)
Archie's Double Digest (1984)
Archie's Girls Betty and Veronica (1950)
Archie's Pals 'n' Gals (1952)
Archie's Super Teens (1994)
Archie's TV Laugh-Out (1969)
Archie's Vacation Special (1994)
The Batman Adventures (1992)
The Batman Adventures: Dangerous Dames & Demons (2003)
Batman Black and White (1996)
Batman: Gotham Knights (2000)
Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories (2009)
The Best of Betty and Veronica Summer Fun (1991)
Betty (1992)
Betty & Veronica Spectacular (1992)
Betty and Me (1965)
Betty and Veronica (1987)
Betty and Veronica Digest Magazine (1980)
Betty and Veronica Double Digest (1987)
Cheryl Blossom (1995)
Cheryl Blossom (1996)
Cheryl Blossom (1997)
Comedy Comics (1948)
Comic Library International (1999)
Comics Buyer's Guide Presents 100 Sexiest Women in Comics (2011)
A Date With Millie (1956)
A Date With Millie (1959)
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1993)
Even More Fund Comics (2004)
Everything's Archie (1969)
Georgie Comics (1949)
The Good Girl Art Library (2010)
Government Issue: Comics for the People, 1940s-2000s (2011)
Groovy (1968)
Hedy of Hollywood Comics (1950)
Homer, the Happy Ghost (1955)
I Dream of Jeannie (2001)
Jetta (1952)
Jingle Belle: Jubilee (2001)
Jingle Belle's Cool Yule (2002)
Joker Comics (1942)
Josie (1965)
Jughead (1965)
Jughead's Double Digest (1989)
Lana (1948)
Laugh (Comics) (1946)
Laugh Digest Magazine (1974)
Legends of Kid Death & Fluffy (1997)
Life with Archie (1958)
Lobo (2003)
Lobo: Infanticide (1992)
Madhouse Comics (1974)
Marvel Age (1983)
Marvel Valentine Special (1997)
Millie the Model (1945)
Miss America (Vol. 7) (1947)
My Friend Irma (1950)
My Own Romance (1949)
Nellie The Nurse (1957)
The Original Shield (1984)
Patsy Walker (1945)
Pep Comics (1940)
Radioactive Man (2000)
Riot (1954)
Sabrina The Teenage Witch (1971)
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996)
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1997)
Sherry the Showgirl (1956)
Showgirls (Vol. 1) (1957)
Showgirls (Vol. 2) (1957)
Simpsons Comics Presents Bart Simpson (2000)
Simpsons Illustrated (2012)
Thor (1966)
Treehouse of Horror (1995)
Untold Tales of Spider-Man (1995)
Vampirella Pin-Up Special (1995)
Veronica (1989)
World of Archie Digest Free Comic Book Day Edition (2013)
World of Archie Double Digest Magazine (2010)

Inker:
The Adventures of Kool-Aid Man (1983)
Adventures of the Fly (1960)
Archie (1960)
Archie Giant Series Magazine (1954)
Archie's Christmas Stocking (1993)
Archie's Girls Betty and Veronica (1950)
Archie's Super Teens (1994)
Archie's TV Laugh-Out (1969)
Archie's Vacation Special (1994)
The Best of Betty and Veronica Summer Fun (1991)
Betty (1992)
Betty and Me (1965)
Betty and Veronica (1987)
Cheryl Blossom (1997)
Claritin Syrup Presents Batman (1999)
Comedy Comics (1948)
A Date With Millie (1956)
A Date With Millie (1959)
Georgie Comics (1949)
Groovy (1968)
Hedy of Hollywood Comics (1950)
Homer, the Happy Ghost (1955)
Jetta (1952)
Joker Comics (1942)
Josie (1965)
Jughead (1965)
Lana (1948)
Legends of Kid Death & Fluffy (1997)
Millie the Model (1945)
Miss America (Vol. 7) (1947)
My Friend Irma (1950)
Nellie The Nurse (1957)
Patsy Walker (1945)
Penthouse Comix (1994)
Riot (1954)
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996)
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1997)
Sherry the Showgirl (1956)
Showgirls (Vol. 1) (1957)
Showgirls (Vol. 2) (1957)
Thor (1966)
Veronica (1989)
What The--?! (1988)
World of Archie Double Digest Magazine (2010)

Cover Artist:
The Adventures of Kool-Aid Man (1983)
Archie (1960)
Archie & Friends Double Digest Magazine (2011)
Archie All Canadian Digest (1996)
Archie and Friends (1992)
Archie and Me (1964)
Archie Annual Digest (1975)
Archie at Riverdale High (1972)
Archie Comics Digest (1973)
Archie Digest Magazine (1990)
Archie Giant Series Magazine (1954)
Archie... Archie Andrews, Where Are You? Comics Digest Magazine (1977)
Archie's Christmas Stocking (1993)
Archie's Double Digest (1984)
Archie's Girls Betty and Veronica (1950)
Archie's Love Showdown Special (1994)
Archie's Pal Jughead Comics (1993)
Archie's Pals 'n' Gals (1952)
Archie's TV Laugh-Out (1969)
Archie's Vacation Special (1994)
B&V Friends Double Digest Magazine (2011)
The Best of Archie Comics (2011)
The Best of Betty and Veronica Summer Fun (1991)
Betty (1992)
Betty & Veronica Spectacular (1992)
Betty and Me (1965)
Betty and Veronica (1987)
Betty and Veronica Digest Magazine (1980)
Betty and Veronica Double Digest (1987)
Betty's Diary (1986)
Cheryl Blossom (1995)
Cheryl Blossom (1996)
Cheryl Blossom (1997)
Cheryl Blossom Special (1995)
Comic Book Marketplace (1991)
Comic Library International (1999)
The Comics Journal (1977)
A Date With Millie (1956)
Everything's Archie (1969)
Felix the Cat's Greatest Hits (2002)
The Good Girl Art Library (2010)
Hedy of Hollywood Comics (1950)
Homer, the Happy Ghost (1955)
Joker Comics (1942)
Jughead (1965)
Jughead (1987)
Jughead Jones Digest (1977)
Jughead with Archie Digest (1974)
Jughead's Double Digest (1989)
Kevin Keller (2012)
Laugh (1987)
Laugh (Comics) (1946)
Laugh Comics (2011)
Laugh Digest Magazine (1974)
Legends of Kid Death & Fluffy (1997)
Life with Archie (1958)
Life With Archie (2010)
Millie the Model (1945)
My Friend Irma (1950)
My Girl Pearl (1955)
Pep Comics (1940)
Radioactive Man (2000)
Riverdale High (1990)
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996)
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1997)
Sabrina's Holiday Spectacular (1994)
Sherry the Showgirl (1956)
Showgirls (Vol. 1) (1957)
Showgirls (Vol. 2) (1957)
Supernatural Law Secretary Mavis (2001)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures (1989)
Veronica (1989)
Veronica's Passport Digest Magazine (1992)
World of Archie (1992)
World of Archie Double Digest Magazine (2010)



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