Jay Edward Maeder, Jr., the newspaper columnist and editor and comic strip writer, died of cancer July 29 at age 67. He wrote the “Jay Maeder’s People” column for The Miami Herald and later was city desk editor and columnist for The New York Daily News .
Maeder, who served in the U.S. Army, including a tour of duty in the Vietnam War, also was the last writer for the comic strip (Little Orphan) “Annie, ” from 2000-2010. He was the author of Dick Tracy: The Official Biography .
“Mr. Maeder and the artist Andrew Pepoy updated Annie’s red dress and curly hair and added the pilot and former C.I.A. agent Amelia Santiago, but kept the catchphrase ‘Leapin’ Lizards!'” Daniel Slotnick wrote in The New York Times obituary . “‘I tell people it’s ‘Indiana Jones’ with chicks, ‘he told The News .”