John Romita Sr., the legendary comic book artist who helped design some of Marvel’s most beloved has died at the age of 93.
His son John Romita Jr., a comic book artist himself, made the announcement of his passing. He stated that his father passed away on Monday while sleeping.
Romita Jr. wrote on Instagram, “He is a legend in the art world and it would be my honor to follow in his footsteps.”
Who was John Romita Sr?
John Victor Romita Sr. was a Marvel Comics artist best known for his work on The Amazing Spider-Man and for co-creating characters such as Mary Jane Watson and Wolverine.
John Romita Sr career:
Through Timely Comics, the forerunner to Marvel, where he did his first comic book work as a ghost artist in 1949, Romita was introduced to editor-in-chief Stan Lee. Romita created his first superhero work, a 1950s revival of Captain America, as well as horror, war, and romance comics for Atlas Comics (formerly Timely), which he started doing in 1951. From 1958 until 1965, he only ever worked for DC Comics, and he illustrated several of their romance comics. Romita continued to hone his talent for depicting attractive women during this time, which led to his eventual fame.
In 1965, Romita began working for Marvel, initially penning Daredevil comics. When Steve Ditko, the co-creator and artist of Spider-Man, left Marvel in 1966, writer Stan Lee chose Romita to replace him as the series’ new artist. The Amazing Spider-Man went from being Marvel’s second-best-selling publication to the publisher’s top-seller in less than a year after Romita was hired as the character’s artist. Romita introduced a fresh romantic tone to Spider-Man comics that quickly took over as the title’s new house tone. Romita, who was appointed Marvel’s art director in June 1973, had a significant impact on the appearance of Marvel comics throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
In 2002, he received a spot in the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame.
John Romita Sr age:
He was born on January 24, 1930. He passed away at the age of 93.
John Romita Sr cause of death:
John Romita Sr died of natural causes in his sleep.
John Romita Sr net worth:
He has a net worth of $5 million.
John Romita Sr relationship and family:
Virginia Bruno, who served on the Marvel staff from 1975 to 1996, and John Romita Sr. wed in November 1952. Up until 1954, when they purchased a home in the Queens Village section of Brooklyn, they resided in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn. The family eventually relocated to Bellerose, New York, which is located on Long Island.
His two sons, Victor and John Jr. carried on his legacy by becoming renowned comic book artists themselves.