Topic: Comic Book Artists
I was on earlier this morning, posting my Saturday blog and doing other online business before leaving to do some errands...
I've just signed back on a little while ago and was notified by a few of my Facebook Friends, including Stacey Aragon, and Allen Bellman among others, about the passing of Dick Giordano.
Allen stated on my Facebook Wall the following: "Michael, sad to say that Dick Giordano has passed away. Tho' we met several times at cons we participated, he was a gentleman and above all, a great artist."
I appreciate those that contacted me about this, including others not mentioned here.
As for myself, I wanted to go through my years worth of photos at comic cons to pick out one that would stand out for me for this blog post... but those unfortunately are only indexed by years, not by comics creators...
So I'll just post these thoughts first, and then a brief bio about Dick Giordano following my thoughts:
My first recollection of Dick's name was during the period of my reading western comics in the late 1950's. I wasn't a 'Marvel Zombie' at that time, as "Marvel" itself was still in the 'MoNSTers' era at that time. I was actually reading more genres and accumulating, not really 'collecting' comics then...
So the Cheyenne Kid, Billy the Kid, etc., were the comics that I would have first seen his work. A couple of covers are represented at the top of this blog post as examples of his works from that 1959 period.
When going to the GCD a few minutes ago, I found that Dick was listed as 'penciler' for 1,450 comics, and as 'inker' for 3,751 comics. I am sure there were more that he was involved in the creative process on, but the GCD is a work in process (AND a good one too!)...
Dick went on to do more work at Charlton Comics, and then went to DC Comics, Atlas / Seaboard Comics, and Marvel Comics. I'm sure that others will center their thoughts on his later works including of course his Batman works.
I just wanted to briefly acknowledge the contributions that Dick Giordano made during his career in the comics industry, and how he helped create so many comics that I and others have enjoyed during his tenure at each of the companies mentioned above, and elsewhere.
Here is just a brief bio:
"Dick Giordano (born Richard Joseph Giordano on July 20, 1932 – March 27, 2010) was an American comic book artist and editor best known for introducing Charlton Comics' "Action Heroes" stable of superheroes, and serving as executive editor of then industry-leader DC Comics. As an inker, Giordano is well known for his pairings with penciler Neal Adams in a series of critically acclaimed comics featuring Batman, Green Lantern, and Green Arrow."
And: "Dick Giordano was born (1932) in New York City, in the borough of Manhattan. Beginning as a freelance artist at Charlton Comics in 1952, Giordano rose to editor-in-chief by 1965. He made his first mark in the industry with Charlton, overseeing the revamping of its few existing superheroes and having his artists and writers create new such characters for what he called the company's "Action Hero" line. (Many of these artists included new talent Giordano brought on board, featuring such names as Jim Aparo, Denny O'Neil, and Steve Skeates.)"
You can read more of his Wikipedia entry at:
My condolences to his family and friends.... His works will long be remembered by his fans and future fans.
~ Michael D Hamersky @ ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com