John Romita Draws Flash Gordon

Today’s Flash Gordon strip (3/22/2015) originally ran on December 1, 2002.
The art is by John Romita Sr.

Romita

As King didn’t pay me much for writing and drawing Flash Gordon, I couldn’t offer Mr. Romita much money – his decision to do it pretty much hinged on the fact he grew up on Alex Raymond’s Flash Gordon Sunday page. To grease the wheels some more I also mentioned that Joe Kubert had done the strip just a few weeks prior. (More on that in my previous post.)

Kubert


Romita’s strip came out shortly after the first Spider-Man movie came out in 2002. Talking on the phone, one of the things he really took pride in regarding that first Spider-Man film was the prominent role Mary Jane had. (More on that in a previous post as well.)


Romita was the artist as a kid I recognized as THE Spider-Man artist. From that point on instead of buying a comic book because of the character (Spider-Man, Batman, etc.) I started following the creative team.

The following is a pic from 1993 when I was on staff at King Features. It was at some cartoon art exhibit (I forget where). My friend Jerry Craft made a point of taking the picture, as I could barely get out the words, “Me like your art good.”

Fledgling artist, Jim Keefe,  with John Romita Sr. - May 1993

Fledgling artist, Jim Keefe, with John Romita Sr. – May 1993

To then work with Romita years later on a Flash Gordon page was one of those high water marks that professionally just can’t be beat.

About Jim Keefe

Jim Keefe is the current artist of the Sally Forth comic strip, he is also the writer and artist of the Flash Gordon comic strip - both available at ComicsKingdom.com. A graduate of the Joe Kubert School, Keefe likewise teaches Comic Art. Teaching and speaking engagements include SVA in Manhattan, Hofstra’s UCCE Youth Programs, The University of Minnesota and most recently the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
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