Dick Giordano 1932-2010

Published on March 27th, 2010

I’m typing this having just heard the news myself, Dick Giordano, comic legend has passed away at the age of 77 after complications from pneumonia. I could give you a dry list of all the books he worked on, all the individuals he introduced to the industry and tell you about how he got his start, but I’m not going to. I’d rather keep this genuine and express what this loss means to me as an Inker. Bear with me:

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I can’t stress enough the huge impact this man has had on the comics industry and on my life personally. I never got a chance to meet him but I know as an Inker what he has done for the industry. In my eyes, he was the guy who legitimized Inking as a profession he came around at a time when inking was more often than not a second thought and a rushed process,  only for the purposes of being able to reproduce comic pages, and he made it an art-form.

His slick brush technique was exquisite and his lines were truly dynamic.   He also laid the groundwork for great Inkers to come who would follow in his footsteps and be inspirations themselves to this generation of Inkers.  In addition to these contributions he also worked as a penciler and editor and was a advocate for creators’ rights.

At the peak of his career he was Inking the greatest pencilers of the time. He is probably most known for his various works at DC over Neal Adams, but he worked with every major character in the DCU, I remember him best for his work on Batman and Detective Comics. I recall buying my friend a copy of a Catwoman comic and thinking I wanted to keep it for myself because he had worked on it, his work really was stunning.  I’m sure in the case of most comic fans, even if you didn’t know who he was, you have some of his work in your collection.

If you haven’t taken the me to get to know his work I would recommend checking out some of your older DC stuff, you’re more than likely to find one with his signature on the cover. I’m done, RIP Dick Giordano, you will truly be missed.

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Dana Shukartsi
Dana@ComicImpact.com