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January 24th is John Romita’s birthday (born 1/24/1930).

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To celebrate, here’s just a few of the iconic Spider-Man images he’s drawn over the years, grabbed off the web from ComicArtFans, Heritage, Romitaman.com and elsewhere.

(Click on pics to see larger.)

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Iconic moment from Amazing Spider-Man #50 (July 1967) used for the 2004 Sam Raimi movie, Spider-Man 2.
Iconic moment from Amazing Spider-Man #50 (July 1967) used for the 2004 Sam Raimi movie, Spider-Man 2.

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A legend in the field (and one of my personal favorites),
here’s wishing John Romita a Happy Birthday!

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For more John Romita art, check out…
John Romita – Creating Mary Jane
Holiday Greetings – Stan Lee & John Romita
John Romita Artist Edition Volume 2

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Holiday Greetings – Stan Lee & John Romita

When the Spider-Man newspaper strip came out in the late 1970s I was 11 years old. Out came the scrapbook and scissors and I started collecting.

The following are a few of the holiday strips Stan Lee and John Romita did for the strip. Please excuse the slight yellowing that comes with age and rubber cement.

The first is dated 12/18/1977.

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The second one is for 12/25/1977 – Christmas day.
This one, which was shot from the original, I found over at ripjaggerdojo.blogspot.com

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And last but not least…

So remember when Peter was a DJ for Flash Thompson and Harry Osborn’s disco night club, Perdition? This one is from December 24, 1978 – when disco was king.

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I always loved how Stan Lee and John Romita touched base like this in real time on the holidays. It was a great way to connect to the readers.

And with that said – Happy holidays web-slingers all!

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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!

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1975 Giant Superhero Holiday Grab-Bag

Just got this in the mail today.

I am officially ten years old again.

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And here’s John Romita’s original compared to the printed version.

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It’s interesting how Dr. Strange’s right arm was moved (probably after the type was put in) to fill in some dead space in the layout.

This pic was also was my inspiration for the Comics Revue cover that just came out…

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Signing off for now, so Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!

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John Romita – Creating Mary Jane

Shortly after the first Spider-Man movie came out in 2002 I had the fortunate opportunity to work with John Romita on a Flash Gordon strip (more about that later). One of the things he really took pride in regarding that first Spider-Man film was the prominent role Mary Jane had.

Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane - Spider-Man 2002
Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane – Spider-Man 2002

Romita did so as he was the one who created her in the comic book. The character had been alluded to during Steve Ditko’s run, but Romita gave her life.

An iconic moment from Spider-Man #42 - November 1966
An iconic moment from Spider-Man #42 – November 1966

Here’s John Romita talking about his inspiration for Mary Jane. The clip is from the 1992 series Comic Book Greats with Stan Lee. This particular episode focuses on the Romitas – Junior and Senior.

Note: Inserts from “Bye Bye Birdie” and Romita’s original art were not in the original version.


In a previous post I mentioned how much easier a character is to write and draw once you have a clear image of them in your head – that it ends up changing your story in ways you hadn’t ever imagined. I’m sure when they initially introduced Mary Jane, Lee and Romita never imagined this…

Promo piece done by Romita for Peter Parker and Mary Jane's wedding - 1987.
Promo piece done by Romita for Peter Parker and Mary Jane’s wedding – 1987.

During his three decade tenure at Marvel Comics, John Romita would be a guiding force – drawing and/or designing almost every major character. The best cartoonists are the ones who introduce characters that set the standard for the ones to follow – one of John Romita’s is Mary Jane Watson.

John Romita's model sheet for Mary Jane.
John Romita’s model sheet for Mary Jane.

UPDATE: Just got word from Mike Burkey that he actually owns the Mary Jane artwork featured in this post. With that said, if you want to check out the mother lode of Romita art, check out Mike’s site at: Romitaman.com