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George Kashdan dead at 78

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 10th 2006 3:57PM

aquamanGeorge Kashdan, a writer and editor most known for his work with several DC comics, including Superman, Batman, and Aquaman, passed away last Saturday, June 3, at the age of 78 due to complications from a stroke. Besides working for DC from 1946 to 1968 and then later for Gold Key Comics, he also worked as a writer for a handful of super hero-themed television series in the 1960s, including Aquaman; The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure; The New Adventures of Aquaman; and The Mighty Hercules. Kashdan spent the latter part of his life in a Los Angeles retirement home. Comic book and television writer Mark Evanier has an in-depth obituary about the man and his work in the field of comic books over on his blog.

[via Toon Zone]

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Edward Oxenford

Mark Evanier's tribute to George Kashdan is lovely but is missing a few factual particulars. George's health was robust until his first stroke in the spring of 2000. The stroke was a cruel irony because George's appearance was preternaturally youthful. After that event he recovered for a few years in rehab centers near his home in West New York, New Jersey, only moving to the Westwood, California center recently. In the 1980s he began to work long late night hours doing proofreading for New York City law firms as a means of helping to support his grown-up autistic son (his only child) who was institutionalized. He continued doing this right up until his stroke in 2000. He also revived his activity as a short story writer in the 1990s. His wife, a public school teacher, died of cancer in the early 1990s. (Sadly, his son died, too, about a year or two ago. George had been unable to visit him since his 2000 stroke.) After his wife's death George, a lively widower, had a series of interesting women companions. He was a great connoisseur of both classical music and the legitimate theate--even as late as 2002 he was able to travel to an occasional concert by wheelchair-- and an ardent oldline liberal, always acutely interested in politics and world affairs, even after his stroke. He was a lively mind. a good friend, and a gentleman, and he will be missed not just by comic book connoisseurs but by all those who knew him in the last 20 years. I talked to him regularly on the telephone for years until a week or so before his second stroke in May. -- posted by a friend

June 20 2006 at 4:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Toby OB

The timing is eerie. Not only because it follows the death of Alex Toth, but also because 'Entourage' returns to HBO this Sunday with the first episode dealing with the premiere of the "Aquaman" movie.

June 10 2006 at 6:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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