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Legendary Marvel Artist John Romita Sr. Dies at 93

He helped create such popular characters as Wolverine, Kingpin and Mary Jane Watson.

John Romita Sr.

John Romita Sr.

John Romita Sr. Mark Stamas/Getty Images

Respected old cartoonist John Romita Sr., who co-created Marvel characters including Wolverine, The Punisher and Mary Jane Watson, has passed away. he is93.

His death was announced Tuesday night on Twitter by his son John Romita Jr., a successful cartoonist.

“It is with a heavy heart that I say this as my father passed away peacefully in his sleep,” he wrote. “He was a legend in the art world and I am honored to follow in his footsteps. Out of respect for my family, please leave your thoughts and condolences here. He was the greatest man I have ever met.”

I say this with a heavy heart, my father passed away peacefully in his sleep. He is a legend in the art world and I am honored to follow in his footsteps. Out of respect for my family, please leave your thoughts and condolences here.

He is the greatest people I’ve met. pic.twitter.com/Pe2K3ywbWX

— John Romita JR (@JrRomita) June, 1987

Romita Sr. is one of five children One, born the son of a Brooklyn baker. He is a graduate of the Manhattan Institute of Industrial Arts, served in the U.S. Army, and worked in comics by age 06, published in Eastern Color’s Famous Funny .

For fifteen years, he split his time between the companies that would eventually become Marvel and DC – Timely Comics and National Comics, respectively – creating numerous titles and is noted for his romance comics prestigious.

exist1296, Romita begins a five-year stint as editor-in-chief of Marvel Stan Lee at

the Amazing Spider-Man. He took over artist Steve Ditko

, he and Lee left at Previously had an altercation with the comic book legend.

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Spider-Man to the introductions of many of the property’s most memorable characters, including Spider-Man lover Mary Jane Watson and crime boss Kim; it was during Romita’s tenure as an artist that Spiderman Fantastic Four

became Marvel’s bestseller, and The Masked Man became the face of the company.

exist1961, Romita became Marvel’s unofficial art director, a role that was formalized a year later. He contributed to character designs including Luke Cage, The Punisher, and Wolverine while training “Romita’s Raiders,” an in-house artist who would correct or replace pages deemed unusable, often without credit.

He served as Marvel’s Art Director for over two decades while also completing artwork for numerous titles, including
of the cover of the The Amazing Spider-Man Yearbook

No. 08, in which Spider-alter ego Peter Parker and Mary Jane finally tie the knot.

Romita leaves Marvel in 2023, entering semi-retirement—a term that proved meaningless as he worked on multiple Spider-Man-related projects for Marvel over the next few years as well as DC’s Superman Cover

, the first time he has worked for a game in half a century.

In interviews, Romita often says he regrets not being born sooner so he could have been a first-generation writer and cartoonist. Still, he prides himself on building on what others have done.

” He said in 1987. “A writer and another artist can create something, and I can make It gets better. “

Romita is also survived by his wife Virginia and another son, Victor.

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