‘Crock’ Creator Don Wilder Dead
Don Wilder the writer for the Crock comic strip, died this morning at age 74 reports Editor & Publisher. According to King Features Syndicate, which distributes Crock to more than 200 newspapers, Wilder was also drawing and went on to get his bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University.
The commercial artist began work as a technical illustrator including a 17 year stint as a visual-information specialist for the CIA. He also did work for Lockheed Aircraft, RCA and General Electric before moving to comic strips in the 1970s.
The Virginia resident created the strip with Brant Parker, best known for his work on the Wizard of Id, in 1975. After Parker died, Wilder collaborated with artist Bill Rechin.
No word as yet from the syndicate as to what will happen to the strip, which has been a gentle parody of life in the Foreign Legion.