Longtime ARCHIE inker John D’Agostino passed away last week at 81. I talked to ARCHIE artist Stan Goldberg today, and he said he first met John in 1949, when he joined Timely Comics. John was his oldest friend in comics, and helped mentor Stan and eventually lead him from Timely/Marvel to Archie, where he’s been for over 40 years now.
Stan also mentioned that over half the stories we included in the just-released ARCHIE: THE BEST OF STAN GOLDBERG book were inked by D’Agostino if you want to see some nicely recolored examples of the Stan/John pairing.
USA Today ran a nice memorial about John here.