Mark Evanier reports the death of Del Connell, the sadly obscure creator of a kajillion comic book stories, including Super Goof and Space Family Robinson. Connell recently won the Finger Award at San Diego but was too ill to attend the ceremony:
We lost Del Connell this past weekend. He was 93. Del was a major figure in the history of animation, comic books and comic strips. He was an artist and later a storyman for Disney Studios during what some would call its Golden Era. He was a very productive writer and later an editor for Western Publishing on its Dell and Gold Key comics during what some would call its Golden Era. He wrote, without credit, the Mickey Mouse newspaper strip for several decades. And all that doesn’t begin to describe his lifetime output. It was all largely anonymous, though last month at the Comic-Con International in San Diego, he did receive the Bill Finger Award for Achievement in Comic Book Writing. It was one of the few times in his amazing career he ever had his name on anything.
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