George Gladir has been writing for comics since 1959 when he began doing one-page gag fillers for Archie Comics. Less than three years later he created the enduring pop-culture character Sabrina the Teenage Witch for Archie’s Mad House #22 (October 1962) with art by Dan DeCarlo. George continued to write for Archie for nearly fifty years.
Also in the early sixties, George began to write for Cracked, the most successful competitor of Mad Magazine. He eventually became head writer for Cracked and wrote some 2,000 pages for it over a period of thirty years.
In 1991, George received Comic-Con’s Inkpot Award. Also at that year’s Comic-Con, he was chosen by Japanese publisher Kodansha to do a humor comic about an American’s misconceptions of Japan. He wrote a series of cartoons called “Is That True?” (Honto Ko Na?), which were drawn by Japanese cartoonist Tetsuya Ohyama. Then in the year 2000, George revisited Japanese themes when he and Stan Goldberg created Cindy and Her Obasan, a fantasy adventure about an American Girl and her Japanese fairy godmother.
At the 2007 Comic Con, George received the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing. The award committee was chaired by Mark Evanier, who is San Diego Comic Fest’s Fan Guest of Honor. Mark said that George “laid down important groundwork on which other writers could and did build, just like Bill Finger did.”
Currently, George has a number of projects planned and in the works. He is particularly pleased to be writing for the Three Stooges comics published by Papercutz. He says, “writing it is almost as much fun as watching Curly, Moe & Larry in action.”
George will be interviewed at the San Diego Comic Fest by Supernatural Law creator Batton Lash.