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Richard Alf, Comic-Con co-founder, dead at 59

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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 (http://bit.ly/A5XU8p ) reports that Alf joined up with a band of volunteers in 1970 to start the now-annual convention celebrating comic books.

Friend and fellow Comic-Con co-founder Mike Towry says Alf fronted a few thousand dollars to pay for the convention for the first three years and 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.

 

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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