Richard Alf at the Opening of Comic Kingdom, 1975

Richard Alf 1975

Photo: Mike Towry

Richard Alf, at age 17, co-founded (with Shel Dorf, Mike Towry, and Ken Kreuger), chaired, financed and organized the first San Diego Comic-Con in 1970.

Above: Alf at the opening of his comic book store, Comic Kingdom, in 1975—a great year for comics. Those are Frazetta posters on the wall. One of Alf’s notable achievements was expanding Comic-Con to include the fantasy and sci-fi genres (Ray Bradbury appeared and spoke in 1970).

Below: Alf (in glasses) with Jack Kirby and fans in 1969. Shel Dorf is second from right.

I’ll post some early Comic-Con photos later today.

Kirby and Fans 1969

Photo: Mike Towry

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3 Responses to “Richard Alf at the Opening of Comic Kingdom, 1975”

  1. 1 leftylimbo April 16, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Wow! I had no idea the SD Con started in ’70!? A buddy of mine started going back in ’91 and he said back then it was a mere fraction of the size (and hype) that it is now. They were held in one of the hotel ballroom things and even then it was just rows of comics. Imagine how low key it must’ve been in the ’70s??

    These days it’s ridiculous. I stopped going back in ’06 ‘coz it was just way too crowded and irritating. Way too many people and gargantuan corporate booths that were just too overwhelming.

  2. 2 2W2N April 17, 2014 at 2:51 am

    Truth. I was so disappointed when I went.

  1. 1 San Diego State University Comic-Con Committee, 1972 | 2 Warps to Neptune Trackback on May 21, 2015 at 2:29 pm

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