Saturday, March 27, 2010

R.I.P. Dick Giordano

Just heard of the passing of artist/editor Dick Giordano.

Regarded as one of comics greatest artists, he's also regarded by many as one of its greatest inkers.

Amongst the many who've had the tremendous advantage of seeing his inks applied to their pencils was artist Neal Adams. Together, they were regarded as one of comics' finest penciler/inker teams.

As an editor, he ushered in many of comics' most highly regarded works. Under Giordano, the Charlton Comics characters were brought to DC Comics and without that key acquisition, The Watchmen would never have come to pass.

He also played a hand in bringing about many more of the comics that have gone on to be considered classics such as Crisis On Infinite Earths, Who's Who, Superman: The Man of Steel, Camelot 3000, Batman: Year One and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.

Amongst the many writers and artists who flourished under his editorship were Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Brian Bolland, Grant Morrison, Keith Giffen, Cully Hamner, Kevin O'Neill and many, many more.

Without his foresight and innovation, there would be no Vertigo Comics.

He helped hold together and shape The DC Universe and beyond as we know it.

My condolences to his family, friends and all who came to know and respect him.


Siskoid said...

I agree. Great great artist. I'm really depressed now.

ChrisM said...

Giordano's impact was huge-but as you so rightly point out Devon-his editorial and creative decisions FAR outweighed his actual artistic contributions. But he's been around forever...I fear we face an age when several of our childhood staples will soon be passing on...