Legend in the art world: Marvel Spider-Man artist John Romita Sr. dies
On June 12, 2023, the legendary Marvel Comics artist John Romita Sr. passed away. The sad news was announced by his son, John Romita Jr, who followed in his famous father's footsteps. According to the information, the man died in his sleep. On 24 January 2023, he turned 93 years old.
This was reported by Variety. Romita Sr. took part in the creation of such characters as Wolverine, The Punisher, Mary Jane Watson, and Luke Cage. During the period of his creative collaboration with Stan Lee, several other key Spider-Man comic book characters were created (to see the photo, scroll to the bottom of the page).
"It is with a heavy heart that I announce that my father has passed away peacefully in his sleep. He was a legend in the art world. I would have been honoured to follow in his footsteps. Please send your condolences out of respect for my father and my family. He was the best person I have ever met," Romita Jr. wrote on Twitter.
The artist began his career in comics in 1949 at Timely Comics. In the 1950s, he worked for DC Comics, and in 1965, he joined Marvel. In 1966, he replaced Steve Ditko in the process of creating the largest comic book series, The Amazing Spider-Man. In 1972, Romita became Marvel's art director.
In November 1952, John Romita Sr. married Virginia Hopkins, a traffic manager at Marvel. She gave her husband two sons, Victor and John.
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