Ken Krueger at the March 1970 Comic-Minicon

March 25, 2010

On March 21, 1970, San Diego’s Golden State Comic-Minicon was held in the basement of the U.S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego. This small, one-day convention was held to raise funds and fan-recognition for the initial three-day convention, San Diego’s Golden State Comic-Con, to be held in August of that year. Richard Alf, who was Minicon Co-Chairman (Bob Sourk was Chairman) recently found a set of photographs from that small event. One of these is reproduced above.

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Shel Dorf’s 1973 Birthday Card for Ken Krueger

March 15, 2010

Ken’s son Timothy “Gus” Krueger just sent in these scans of a birthday card that Shel Dorf created for Ken’s 47th birthday in 1973. (Images are courtesy of The Krueger Archive.)

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Ken Krueger, Scott Shaw!, and John Pound on 1973 Comic-Con Panel

February 28, 2010

While scanning some of Shel Dorf’s black-and-white negatives of the 1973 San Diego Comic-Con, I came across this picture of Ken on a panel with Scott Shaw!, John Pound, and two as-yet-unidentified people. (Does anyone recognize them or recall what the panel was about?)

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San Diego County Board of Supervisors Honors Ken

February 19, 2010

Here are the text and certificate of an adjournment of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors honoring Ken Krueger.

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“Ken Krueger Fan Club” T-Shirts Now Available

January 28, 2010

When you saw the 1973 picture of Ken wearing a “Ken Krueger Fan Club” shirt, did you think to yourself, “That’s pretty cool, I wish I had one of those!”? Well, now thanks to Ken’s sons Gus and Pete, you can. Let Gus tell you all about it.

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Pictures of Ken With the 1973 Comic-Con Crew

January 26, 2010

I (Mike Towry) have been scanning some of Shel Dorf’s old film negatives and came across two great pictures of Ken with the 1973 Comic-Con crew. In one, Ken is wearing a “Ken Krueger Fan Club” t-shirt. I’ve identified some of those pictured, but not all. Does anyone recognize the rest of them or where these pictures were taken?

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Listen to Ken Speaking at Comic-Con #1 in 1970

January 8, 2010

At the web site, you can listen to audio recordings of many committe members and guest speakers from the first San Diego’s Golden State Comic-Con, which was held August 1st thru 3rd, 1970 in the U.S. Grant Hotel. The list of those recorded includes the following: Ken Krueger, Shel Dorf, Barry Alfonso, Greg Bear, Ray Bradbury, Roger Freedman, Mark Hanerfeld, Earl Kemp, Jack Kirby, Scott Shaw!, and Morrie Turner.

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Shel Dorf and Ken Krueger Remembered in Fall 2009 Comic-Con Magazine

January 4, 2010

The new online, Fall 2009 edition of the Comic-Con Magazine is available from It features very nice articles on San Diego Comic-Con International Founder Shel Dorf (pages 4-5) and Chairman of Comic-Con #1 Ken Krueger (page 6). There is also a great picture of Ken with some of the original Comic-Con crew at the 2009 Comic-Con on page 36.

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Ken Krueger and Shel Dorf Honored as Among the Most Notable People to Have Passed Away in 2009

December 29, 2009

This past Sunday (December 27, 2009) the San Diego Union-Tribune paper published an article titled “The year we lost legends.” The article’s introduction cited the passing, among others, of Walter Cronkite, Patrick Swayze, Farrah Fawcett, Andrew Wyeth, John Updike, Ted Kennedy, and Eunice Kennedy Shriver. It then went on to explain, “But behind the headlines are real people who touched lives. We asked staffers to write a tribute to someone who died in 2009.”

Staff writer Pete Rowe, who has written previously on things Comic-Con, and whom we have been assured by another staffer is
among the “cream of the crop” of Union-Tribune reporters, chose to write about none other than our very own Shel Dorf and Ken Krueger!

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GORY STORIES QUARTERLY Intro Page With Sketch of Ken Krueger by John Pound

December 3, 2009

Scott! Shaw contributed the following scan of the original 1971 edition of GORY STORIES QUARTERLY’s intro page, which has a nice sketch of Ken by John Pound. (GORY STORIES was an underground comic published by Ken through his SHROUD Publishers.)

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