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September 25, 2008

Don Wilder, 1934-2008


Don Wilder, the writer of the syndicated comics strip Crock, died yesterday morning according to Mike Rhode. He passed away in his home. Wilder co-created the Foreign Legion-based gag strip in 1975 with artist Bill Rechin and the late Brant Parker of Wizard of Id fame. According to Editor & Publisher, the feature still boasts 200 clients. It is carried by King Features.

Rechin and Wilder also launched a sport-related panel strip called Out Of Bounds after Crock was up in running. It did not last. There have been multiple Crock-related books including 1979's Crock (Ballantine) and several titles published with Hodder & Stoughton and Coronet in the UK.

Wilder was an artist in addition to being a writer. He earned a degree from East Tennessee State and took courses at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He was during a long and varied career a technical illustrator and a visual-information specialist at the CIA. His newspaper obituary states that he lived in Fredericksburg, Virginia, having moved there from Knoxville in the mid-1960s to take the CIA position.

He was a member of the National Cartoonist Society and the National Press Club.

Don Wilder was 74 years old. He is preceded in death by his wife of 37 and is survived by two sons, their children and a companion. A memorial service will be held tomorrow.
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