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John Romita Artist Edition Volume 2

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Just got this in the mail the other day.

Designed by Randall Dahlk, it’s another home run as far as IDW’s Artist Editions go. Check out Randall Dahlk’s blog for a behind the scenes look.

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This particular edition got me to thinking about the time frame that Romita did this work.

The issues in this collection are from around 1972. Jack Kirby has been gone not even two years and Romita is now the go-to guy for Marvel, jumping from Spider-Man to the Fantastic Four to Captain America and then back to Spider-Man…

Amazing Spider-Man #69 - February 1969
Amazing Spider-Man #69 – February 1969
Fantastic Four 103 - October 1970
Fantastic Four #103 – October 1970
Captain America - June 1971
Captain America #138 – June 1971
Amazing Spider-Man #108 -  May 1972
Amazing Spider-Man #108 – May 1972

During this time in the early 1970s, Romita is also doing art direction and handling spot and sequential art on a myriad of other projects.

Aurora Comic Scenes mini-comic drawn in 1973 to go with the model kit it depicts.
Aurora Comic Scenes mini-comic drawn in 1973 to go with the model kit it depicts.

What amazes me about the work spotlighted in this Artist Edition is that you can tell the speed he has to attack these issues because of deadlines (blue line, white out, paste-ups). At that speed you’re walking the high wire without a net, and the artwork is still stellar!

Amazing Spider-Man #114 -  November 1972
Amazing Spider-Man #114 – November 1972

If you’re a Romita fan, than this is definitely a book you want to pick up – I can’t recommend it highly enough.

And if you want to check out more of Romita’s artwork online, be sure to check out Mike Burkey’s web site: Romitaman.com

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A wealth of Romita art, and where most of the art in this Artist Edition came from!

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Ending with a pic of John Romita and his wife Virginia hard at work in the mid-1970s.

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Here’s wishing them peaceful deadline free days from here on in!

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 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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