Artist Spotlight Ross Andru

Ross Andru – Peter and MJ’s First Kiss

This post was prompted by an incredibly poorly researched piece on Newsarama.
10 Biggest Spider-man Status Quo Changes.

It prompted the following exchange on my Facebook page.

Nathan Webster mentions Peter and MJ’s first kiss – and I couldn’t agree more.
The scene begins on the bottom of page 10 in the Amazing Spider-Man #143 – April 1975. No in-depth analysis here, I’m just going to let the scene speak for itself.

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Ross Andru
Inkers: Frank Giacoia & David Hunt
Letterer: Artie Simek
Colorist: Jan Cohen
Editor: Len Wein

A definite game changer…

And if you need a reminder on just how good an artist Andru truly was, check out the Superman vs the Amazing Spider-Man treasury edition (the subsequent reprints that were printed regular comic book size DO NOT do it justice).

Last but not least, a piece that ran in Marvel Age upon Andru’s death back in 1993.

By 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 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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