Alf dead at 59

Alf dead at 59

Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 8:00 pm

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Richard Alf, one of the co-founders of San Diego’s Comic-Con, has died from pancreatic cancer at age 59.
U-T San Diego reports that Alf joined up with a band of volunteers in 1970 to start the now-annual convention celebrating comic books.
Fellow Comic-Con co-founder Mike Towry says Alf fronted the money to pay for the first three conventions.
He also gave other co-founders rides in his car.
In 1970, the first Comic-Con was relatively modest compared to the convention that now draws more than 125,000 people to San Diego every summer for a 3-day extravaganza.
Alf also founded the Comic Kingdom shop in North Park in the 1970s.
Alf was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer in December.
He is survived by his mother.

Published in The Messenger 1.6.12

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