John Romita Sr. (1930-2023)

When Steve Ditko left the ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ title, Stan Lee’s only choice for his replacement was John Romita. He had ghosted for Timely drawing Captain America and doing romance comics for DC Comics before joining Marvel in 1966, initially drawing Daredevil. His work on Spidey improved the sales and overtook the Fantastic Four and became Marvel’s art director in 1973.

(c) Marvel Comics

His influence went across the Marvel titles. He made jaws drop when we finally met Mary-Jane Watson. Ditko was quirky but needed to grow when Peter Parker left High School, he had to stop looking like a teen and more like an adult.

Romita’s artwork enthralled a generation or three and took everything in his stride.

You’re going to be missed, John


Geoff Willmetts

June 2023


Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 21 plus years now, showing a versatility and knowledge in not only Science Fiction, but also the sciences and arts, all of which has been displayed here through editorials, reviews, articles and stories. With the latter, he has been running a short story series under the title of ‘Psi-Kicks’ If you want to contribute to SFCrowsnest, read the guidelines and show him what you can do. If it isn’t usable, he spends as much time telling you what the problems is as he would with material he accepts. This is largely how he got called an Uncle, as in Dutch Uncle. He’s not actually Dutch but hails from the west country in the UK.

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