John Romita Jr
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John Romita Jr., the son of John & Virginia Romita, is best known for his extensive work for Marvel Comics from the 1970s to the 2010s. John Romita Jr.'s first contribution to Marvel Comics was at the age of 13 with the creation of the Prowler in The Amazing Spider-Man #78. Romita's early popularity began with his run on Iron Man . The creative team introduced several supporting characters, including Bethany Cabe and Justin Hammer. In the early 1980s, he had his first regular run on the series The Amazing Spider-Man , was the artist for the launch of the Dazzler series. In 1982, Romita Jr. drew Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions the first limited series published by Marvel Comics. Working with writer Roger Stern onThe Amazing Spider-Man, he co-created the character Hobgoblin. From 1983 to 1986 he had a run on the Uncanny X-Men where he co-created Forge. He would return for a second run on Uncanny X-Men in 1993. Romita also had an extended stint on Daredevil which included the creation of long-running Daredevil nemesisTyphoid Mary.
He worked on a host of Marvel titles during the 1990s, including a return to Iron Man, Punisher War Zone, the Cable miniseries and the Punisher/Batman crossover. Romita collaborated with Frank Miller on a Daredevil origin story entitled Daredevil: The Man Without Fear, worked with Dan Jurgens and relaunched the Thor series in July 1998. In January 1999 he rebooted Peter Parker: Spider-Man as well.
In 2001, Romita returned to Spider-Man with The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 2 #30. The creative team produced a story for issue #36 (Dec. 2001) that served as memorial to the victims of the September 11 attacks. He drew Marvel's Wolverine with author Mark Millar. In 2004, Romita's creator-owned project The Gray Area was published by Image Comics. Romita's art has since appeared in Black Panther, The Sentry and "Ultimate Vision", a backup feature in the Ultimate Marvel line.
In 2006, Romita collaborated with writer Neil Gaiman on a seven-issue miniseries reinterpretation of Jack Kirby's characters the Eternals. Romita worked with Greg Pak on the five-issue flagship comic of Marvel's 2007 crossover storyline,World War Hulk. In 2008, Romita again returned to The Amazing Spider-Man. He also collaborated once more with Millar, for a creator-owned series, Kick-Ass, published by Marvel's Icon imprint that was later adapted into the film Kick-Ass. Romita, one of the producers, directed an animated flashback sequence in the film.
In 2014 Romita Jr. became the penciller of the DC Comics flagship title Superman, starting with issue #32, in collaboration with writer Geoff Johns. In 2016, Romita Jr. and writer Scott Snyder collaborated on the All-Star Batman series as part of the DC Rebirth relaunch.
Romita Jr. and writer Dan Abnett are launching The Silencer series in September 2017 as part of DC's "Dark Metal" line. In addition, Romita is working with Frank Miller on a Superman: Year One graphic novel.