He was the greatest Spider-Man artist of them all…

From 1972’s Spider-Man “Rockomic”

The great John Romita died June 12 at the age of 93, it was announced overnight.

For me, Romita was — and always shall be — the greatest Spider-Man artist of them all. No disrespect to Steve Ditko, the character’s legendary co-creator, but Romita codified the web-slinger’s aesthetic, and his style became the yardstick against which all others are measured. (Plus, let’s not forget his litany of other contributions to the world of comics.)

We’ve published quite a bit about Romita over the years, so here are a number of favorites for you to peruse. Rest in peace, Jazzy John.


— The TOP 13 JOHN ROMITA SPIDER-MAN Covers — RANKED. Click here.

— INSIDE LOOK: The Greatest SPIDER-MAN Art Exhibit You’ll Ever See. Click here.

— 13 SPLASH PAGES: A JOHN ROMITA Celebration. Click here.

— SPIDER-MAN: A ROCKOMIC Celebrates 50 Years of Being Groovy. Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Oh man ! What horrible news. He definitely was the greatest Spider-Man artist. My first Spider-Man comic I bought was issue 141 with that awesome Mysterio cover he did. So heartbreaking.

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  2. I started collecting Marvel comics in 1967 so Mr. Romita will always be the artist who drew “my” Spider-Man.

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  3. I am so sorry to hear this. He was always one of my favorites and I think of all the Spider-Man characters he drew that were part of the joy of the mythos. God rest him.

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  4. I was lucky to meet him a SDCC years ago and get a Black Widow sketch.

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  5. That’s very sad news, yeah he was one of the greatest for Spider-Man Rest in Peace

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