CENTRAL ISLIP: Joe Edwards, an artist who worked on the 1942 debut issue of Archie comics and later created the character Liâ€™l Jinx, has died. Edwards, who was 85, died on February 8 at his home after years of treatment for heart problems, said his son, Todd. Along with drawing the popular redheaded teenager, Archie Andrews, and his pals Jughead, Betty and Veronica, Edwards created Liâ€™l Jinx, a precocious girl who had her own comic book for a time and still appears as a character in others, said Victor Gorelick, vice president and managing editor of Archie Comics. Many of Liâ€™l Jinxâ€™s adventures were based on Edwardsâ€™ experiences with his own two sons and daughter. Todd said his father always carried a sketch pad, and despite failing health in later years, would delight doctors and nurses with sketches drawn personally for them. â€œHe loved it when he could make people smile,â€ he said.
Archie comic artist dies
Published: 12:00 am Feb 16, 2007