Passings | David Luebke, owner of Dave’s Comics in Richmond, Virginia, has died from complications of heart disease. He was 61. Luebke opened his shop in 1982 and had 1 million comics in stock just two years ago. In 2009, he sold a rare copy of Archie #1 to protest the wedding of Archie to Veronica (Luebke was a Betty man). The comic fetched $32,500, and he admitted the cash would come in mighty handy. [Richmond Times-Dispatch]
David Luebke, the longtime owner of Dave's Comics in Richmond's West End, has died at age 61. Luebke died Saturday morning after having complications from heart disease, according to his paid obituary. He opened Dave’s Comics in 1982. The store is in the Village Shopping Center at Patterson Avenue and Three Chopt Road. He kept 1 million issues in stock, according to a 2014 story in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. In 2009, to protest the wedding of comic book icon Archie to Veronica, Luebke sold his rare 1942 “Archie” No. 1 comic book for $38,837 at a Dallas auction. (He preferred Betty, the sweet girl next door in "Archie.") “He began his career as a comic book collector and seller during his teens. In the early 1970s, Dave became the first dealer to hold comic book conventions in Richmond,” according to his obituary. Survivors include his wife, Sheryl Althaus Luebke.