R. I. P. Dick Giordano (1932 – 2010)

Posted by Grey Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Comic book legend Dick Giordano passes away on March 27th at the age of 77.

Dick Giordano, the legendary comic book artist and editor, best known both for his inking work with penciler Neal Adams in Batman, Green Lantern, and Green Arrow at DC Comics, and the reimaginining of Charlton Comics' aging "Action Heroes" stable of superheroes for a new generation of readers, has passed away on Saturday at the Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. He was 77 and the cause was complications of treatment for leukemia.

Giordano, whose career began in 1951 and spans work for DC, Marvel, Dell, Valiant and other publishers through more than four decades. Collaborating with Neal Adams, the duo went on to produce many landmark works in "Batman" and "Green Lantern/Green Arrow" as well as specials like "Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man" and "Superman Vs. Muhammad Ali."

As the Editor-in-Chief for Charlton Comics, he oversaw the reintroduction of characters such as Blue Beetle, The Question and Captain Atom, ensuring their continued endurance in the hearts of readers. These characters went on to become the basis in Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon's Watchmen.

As the Executive Editorial Director of DC Comics, Giordano helped to herald a new age of comics, injecting a new level of maturity into the medium, as landmark works such as the aforementioned Watchmen and Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns are published. During this time, graphic novel collections were also introduced, and has since endured to be come a format immensely popular and profitable. In addition, Giordano also started to uniformly credited writers and artists on the covers, the first such policy by a major comic book publisher.Not neglecting his artistic abilities, Giordano worked with artists George Pérez on the epic superhero series “Crisis on Infinite Earths”, and John Byrne on “The Man of Steel,” a bold new rejuvenation of the Superman myth for a new generation.

Giordano's last work can be seen in Jonah Hex (vol. 2) #51 — published in March, 2010 — where he did interior art and cover.

Source: Robot6


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