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John Romita, Jr.

7 novembre 2008

Comic book artist John Romita Jr.
Birth name John Salvatore Romita Jr.
Born August 17, 1956 (age 52)
New York City, New York
Nationality American
Pseudonym(s) JRJR

John Salvatore Romita, Jr. (born August 17, 1956) is an American comic book artist best known for his extensive work for Marvel Comics from the 1970s to the 2000s. He is often referred to as JRJR (abbreviation of John Romita, Jr.)


John Romita was born in New York City, the son of John Romita, Sr., co-creator of several notable Spider-ManMarvel UK, doing sketches for covers of reprints. His American debut was with a six page story entitled “Chaos at the Coffee Bean!” in Amazing Spider-Man Annual stories in the 1960s and 1970s. He began his career at #11 (1977).

Romita’s early popularity was based on his run on Iron Man with writer David Michelinie and artist Bob LaytonAmazing Spider-Man series and also was the artist for the launch of the Dazzler series. Working with writer Roger Stern on Amazing Spider-Man, he co created the character Hobgoblin and he drew an issue in which Spider-Man would encounter the Juggernaut where the villain would end up trapped in cement foundations.

Iron Man  by John Romita, Jr.

Iron Man by John Romita, Jr.

From 1983 to 1986 he had a run on Uncanny X-Men with Dan Green and author Chris Claremont which brought him large popularity, as the X-Men had become a huge industry phenomenon by that time. He would return for a second very successful run on Uncanny X-Men in 1993.

Cover art for The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 2, #43 (April 2003), by John Romita, Jr. and Scott Hanna.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Romita enjoyed an acclaimed stint on Daredevil with writer Ann Nocenti and Eisner Award-winning inker Al Williamson, noted for its creation of long-running Daredevil nemesis Typhoid Mary. Working on Daredevil, Romita defined his style and left behind all uncertainties which were still present in the X-Men pages.

Daredevil  by John Romita, Jr.

Daredevil by John Romita, Jr.

Romita later collaborated with Frank Miller on a Daredevil origin story entitled Daredevil: The Man Without Fear, considered to be a companion of sorts to Miller’s Batman: Year One tale. Romita worked on a host of Marvel titles during the 1990s, including The Punisher War Zone, the Cable mini-series, The Mighty Thor, a return to Iron Man for the second Armor War written by John Byrne, and the Punisher/Batman cross-over.

The Punisher War Zone by

The Punisher War Zone by John Romita, Jr.

In the 2000s, Romita again came to prominence for his second run illustrating The Amazing Spider-Man for writer J. Michael Straczynski. He drew Marvel’s Wolverine with author Mark Millar as part of the character’s thirtieth-anniversary celebration. In 2004, Romita’s creator-owned project The Grey Area was published by Image Comics. Romita’s art has since appeared in Black Panther, The Sentry and Ultimate Vision, a back up story featured in the Ultimate line, written by author Mark Millar.

The Sentry

The Sentry by John Romita, Jr.

In 2006, Romita collaborated with writer Neil Gaiman on the reinterpretation of Jack Kirby‘s The Eternals in the form of a seven issue miniseries. Romita worked with Greg Pak on the five issue main comic of Marvel’s 2007 crossover event, World War Hulk.

In 2008, Romita is returned to Amazing Spider-Man. He is also collaborating once more with Mark Millar, for a creator-owned series, Kick-Ass, published by Marvel’s Icon imprint. The Filming of the Movie: Kick-Ass, will being September of 2008. Romita will get his directorial debut by directing an animated flashback sequence in the film.



Selected works

Comic books

  • The Invincible Iron Man #115-117, 119-121, 123-128, 141-153 (1978–1981), #256, 258-266 (1990–1991)
  • Contest of Champions #1-3 (1982). The first Marvel mini-series, featuring most of the Marvel superheroes of the time.
  • Amazing Spider-Man #208, 210-218, 223-227, 229-236, 238-250 (1980–1984), #290-291 (1987), #400, 432 (1995, 1998), Vol.2 #22-28, 30-58 & Vol.1 #500-508,(2000–2004) #568-present (2008). Please note: After issue Vol.2 #58, the series was renumbered, and the next issue was published as Amazing Spider-man Vol.1 #500.
  • Dazzler #1-3 (1981)
  • Uncanny X-Men #175-197, 199-200, 202-203, 206-211 (1983–1986), #287 (1992), #300-302, 304, 306-311 (1993–1994)

  • Star Brand #1-7 (1986-87)
  • Daredevil #250-257, 259-263, 265-276, 278-282 (1988–1990)
  • Cable: Blood and Metal #1-2 (1992). 2-issue mini-series.
  • The Punisher War Zone #1-8 (1992)
  • Daredevil: Man Without Fear #1-5 (1993-94). 5-issue mini-series with writer Frank Miller.
  • Punisher/Batman (Marvel/DC, 1994)
  • Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1-3 & 0 (1995). 3-issue miniseries, plus a #0 issue.
  • Peter Parker: Spider-Man Vol.1 #57, 70-76, 78-84, 86-92, 94-95, 97-98 & Vol.2 #1-3, 6-12, 14-17, 19 (1996–2000). Please note: After Vol.1 #98 (end of “The Final chapter” storyline) the series was renumbered and relaunched, and the next issue published as Peter Parker Spider-man Vol.2 #1.

Thanos and Mangog storms Asgard, on the cover to Thor vol. 2 #21. Art by John Romita, Jr.

Note: All the comic-books are published by Marvel Comics, except The Gray Area (by Image Comics), Thorion of the new Asgods (by the Amalgam Comics imprint, co-published by Marvel and DC) and Batman / Punisher (co-published by Marvel and DC).

Trade Paperbacks

Neil Gaiman & John Romita Jr.

The Eternals: Neil Gaiman & John Romita Jr.

Marvel Comics

  • The Eternals: Neil Gaiman & John Romita Jr. (Softcover, Reprint’s The Eternals #1-7 Miniseries)
  • Marvel Visionaries: John Romita Jr. (Hardcover)
  • Wolverine: Enemy of the State (Volume 1) (Hardcover)
  • Wolverine: Enemy of the State (Volume 2) (Hardcover)
  • Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther? (Hardcover)
  • Iron Man: Demon in a Bottle (Reprints Iron Man #120-128)
  • Iron Man and Doctor Doom
  • Daredevil: The Man Without Fear
  • Punisher vs. Daredevil
  • Hulk: Return of the Monster
  • Thor: The Dark Gods (Reprints Thor #9-13)
  • Spider-Man: The Origin of the Hobgoblin
  • Spider-Man: The Lost Years
  • Amazing Spider-Man Volume 1: Coming Home (Reprints #30-35)
  • Amazing Spider-Man Volume 2: Revelations (Reprints #36-39)
  • Amazing Spider-Man Volume 3: Until the Stars Turn Cold (Reprints #40-45)
  • Amazing Spider-Man Volume 4: The Life and Death of Spiders (Reprints #46-50)
  • Amazing Spider-Man Volume 5: Unintended Consequences (Reprints #51-56)
  • Amazing Spider-Man Volume 6: Happy Birthday (Reprints #57-58,500-502)
  • Amazing Spider-Man Volume 7: The Book of Ezekiel (Reprints #503-508)
  • Sentry: Reborn
  • The Essential Dazzler Volume 1

Image Comics

  • Gray Area: All Of This Can Be Yours
Preceded by
Keith Pollard
Amazing Spider-Man artist
Succeeded by
Ron Frenz
Preceded by
John Byrne
Amazing Spider-Man artist
Succeeded by
Mike Deodato, Jr.
Preceded by
Dazzler artist
Succeeded by
Frank Springer
Preceded by
Paul Smith
Uncanny X-Men artist
Succeeded by
Marc Silvestri
Preceded by
Rick Leonardi
Daredevil artist
Succeeded by
Mark Bagley (one issue), Lee Weeks
Preceded by
Brandon Peterson
Uncanny X-Men artist
Succeeded by
Joe Madureira
Preceded by
Darick Robertson
Wolverine artist
Succeeded by
Kaare Andrews

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