Shel Dorf

Shel Dorf

American comics writer and freelance artist
Date of Birth: 05.07.1933
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Shel Dorf
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Work as a Comic Book Author and Artist
  4. Founding the Golden State Comic-Con
  5. The International Comic-Con in San Diego
  6. Contributions to the Comic Book Industry
  7. Legacy
  8. Death

Biography of Shel Dorf

Sheldon 'Shel' Dorf (Sheldon 'Shel' Dorf, July 5, 1933 – November 3, 2009) was an American comic book author and freelance artist.

Shel Dorf

Early Life and Education

Dorf was born in Detroit, Michigan. He studied at the Chicago School of Art and later moved to New York, where he began working as a freelance commercial designer. Even at that time, Dorf had a great love for comics, particularly Chester Gould's work on the "Dick Tracy" series.

Shel Dorf

Work as a Comic Book Author and Artist

Dorf became a consultant for Warren Beatty's film adaptation of the "Dick Tracy" comic in 1990. He also drew comics for the "Steve Canyon" series during its final years of publication.

Founding the Golden State Comic-Con

In the 1960s, Dorf collaborated with renowned comic book artists, including Jack Kirby. In 1964, Robert Brash organized a convention for comic book fans, which Dorf and Jerry Bails took over the following year. They named their new creation the "Triple Fan Fair" and turned it into an annual event.

The International Comic-Con in San Diego

In 1970, Dorf moved to San Diego, California, where he organized a new convention as a precursor to a larger project he had dreamed of. The first three-day comic book convention in San Diego took place at the US Grand Hotel from August 1-3, 1970, and was originally known as "the Golden State Comic-Con." The event eventually grew into the "International Comic-Con in San Diego."

Contributions to the Comic Book Industry

Dorf frequently gave interviews to various press outlets related to comics. He is known for his conversations with Milton Caniff and Mort Walker. In 1984, Dorf published a collection of his favorite "Dick Tracy" comics under the patronage of Blackthorne Publishing. His efforts were credited by Chester Gould's daughter, Jean Gould O'Connell, for bringing the character into the modern era and introducing him to a new generation of readers.


Comic book historian Mark Evanier stated that Caniff honored Dorf by making him a character in his own comic. Dorf also appeared as a character named Hymon in Jack Kirby's "Mister Miracle" project.


Dorf passed away at the age of 76 due to complications related to diabetes.