The greatest inker ever would have been 85.
Dick Giordano was a huge part of Young Dan’s comic-book experience. Whether he was pencilling or inking, I loved his work: clean, sharp, bright. Great, great stuff.
I’m acutely aware that Giordano — who was born July 20, 1932, and died in 2010 at the age of 77 — had a lengthy career covering many facets of the industry, involving countless characters and titles.
But he will always be a Batman artist to me.
For this year’s 13 COVERS salute, I’ve selected Batman work featuring both pencils and inks over a variety of artists.
Who won’t you see? Neal Adams — Giordano’s greatest collaborator — because I featured their pairing last year. You can check out 13 Adams/Giordano covers, here. Also missing are some classic Giordano covers because I didn’t want to repeat myself from years past and there’s lots to choose from. (Check out a previous 13 COVERS salute, here.)
As always, feel free to add your own faves in the comments below or in whichever social-media thread you found this.
As Mr. Giordano would say,
Thank You and Good Afternoon.
Cover images and credits from the sharp Grand Comics Database.