Spidey’s greatest artist turns 86!
If Spider-Man is my favorite Marvel hero and John Romita Sr. is my favorite Spidey artist, then I suppose John Romita is my favorite Marvel artist of all time.
I never really thought about it in those terms but I guess it’s true. Because man, I do love Jazzy John Romita’s art.
Romita the elder was born Jan. 24, 1930 and we’re here with our patented 13 COVERS salute.
Now the thing is, last year I did 13 Spider-Man covers. And Romita did so much more than Spidey. But his Spider-Man speaks to me on such a basic level that I’m going back to that particular well (and I figure I will again and again until there are no covers left.)
(My standard caveat: This is a subjective list and not a ranking of any kind. This is pretty much what I dig and you may feel very differently. So, rather than beef about a cover you don’t see, instead join in the fun and share your own choices in the comments section or in whatever social-media thread you saw this.)
Cover images and credits from the amazing Grand Comics Database.