Dick Giordano: 1932 – 2010

Mike Gold

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21 Responses

  1. Martha Thomases says:

    I was so excited when I first worked at DC and had a chance to see Dick every single day. He was a legend and, unlike so many of them, a nice guy, too. It was so much fun to work with him.Glad I had a chance to promote his work here on ComicMix as well.

  2. Arne Starr says:

    Absolutely will be missed. He was my "dad", my mentor, in the business. I got to be his assistant on projects like Crisis and Man Of Steel back in the day, and followed him in to DC when he took that Exec position, and soon had my own varied projects including a long run on Star Trek that has taken me to places I never expected to go. Dick helped in keeping me there when others would have moved me along with the various change in editors over the years. He tried to be fair with everyone, not always succeeding of course, but he made a good damn go of it. Was hoping to see him a couple of weeks ago, but he didn't make it to Megacon as he was ailing. Gonna miss the old man bigtime. He was family.

  3. Tony Isabella says:

    I am saddened by the passing of Dick Giordano. He was an inspiration, a beloved comics creator, a mentor, and a dear, dear friend.

  4. Marc Alan Fishman says:

    While I'm merely a fan to Mr. Giordano, he is yet another legend in the industry I love so much. As you've written here Mike, the man's resume is that which could be gilded. His contributions to many to list, it's a loss to the comic book world, that will not be forgotten.

  5. Bob Kahan says:

    Dick was a mensch, in the truest, best sense of the word.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I never knew him personally, only his work, but the quality and care always would shine through. Another of my childhood inspirations has gone. I feel so old.

  7. Rick Taylor says:

    This is sad news indeed. Dick was a good man, a great teacher and a true friend. He's my favorite contemporary Wonder Woman artist. My prayers are with his family.

  8. mike weber says:

    As i said over at Bob Greenberger's piece, if only for the work at Charlton, he deserves a place in comicdom's pantheon of great creators/editors.And that was one of the smallest aspects of the man's CV>Another Good Man Done Gone.

  9. MARK WHEATLEY says:

    I became a fan of Dick's work when he was an editor at Charlton. When the Action Hero line was canceled I actually sent him a letter telling him that, if it would help, they could keep my subscription money. And they did keep it! I told Dick that story years later when we had become friends. He laughed and looked embarrassed – he said, "Those crooks!" I learned just enough from Dick over the years to know that I missed a great opportunity to learn more from him.

  10. Russ Rogers says:

    Was "White Viper" the last professional comics work that Dick Giordano did? It's good stuff. There are some beautiful pages in that story. I was hoping there would be a White Viper 2.

  11. Brandon Barrows says:

    I am saddened to hear this. I have always had tremendous respect for Mr. Giordano and he's long been on my list of creators I'd like to meet some day.

  12. Ian Kirk says:

    I first recognised his artistic talents when he inked the JLA with Dick Dillin, as a young lad of 10.Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to meet him.The world is a little bit darker with his passing.

  13. Tony Isabella says:

    I wrote about Dick for today's column:http://www.worldfamouscomics.com/tony/back2010032…Tony Isabella

    • Dawn Giordano-Arring says:

      I just read your article about my father. Thank you so very much for your kind words. My father was also a great influence on anyone who knew him, especially his family! On a personal note, he also taught me to have a sense of humor, how to be fair, kind, loving and responsible. I am a graphic designer, and even though it is a vastly different medium than comics, he taught me about layout, composition and the like. So…he was also a mentor to his own daughter. Words cannot express the depth of our family's loss. He will be greatly missed by us. The whole family extends our hearts to you…his fans, business associates and to the many lives that he touched throughout his journey. Thank you all for your well wishes during this most difficult time.

      • Tony Isabella says:

        I am so pleased you liked the piece. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.Tony

  14. Steve Pica says:

    Dick was my sequential illustration teacher at Parsons school of Design and a better teacher or finer person would be hard to meet. His enthusiasm in class was one of the things that made me look forward to going. He had endless patience and was always more than willing to share his experience and knowledge with his students. He was a real gentleman and he will be missed.

  15. Rick Burchett says:

    I had the rare good fortune to have Dick Giordano ink my pencils on a Human Target one shot we did back in the 80's. He of course did his usual flawlees job and made my work look better than it had any right to. One thing: the Target (who was designed by Dick) was supposed to have these two little tufts of hair sticking up on the sides of his head, like horns. I left them off. In the first few pages of the book Dick inked them in and then, they disappeared. A couple of years later I asked him about that and he said, "It looked better the way you did it." I knew better than that, but it was a gracious thing for him to say. My heart hurts.

  16. Rick Stasi says:

    Bobby,What you said.Dick Giordano made time for a passionate 17 year old aspiring artist who moved to NY from Kansas City never to return, in the summer of 1970.He knew that I wanted to be the next Neal, Curt, Carmine, Kirby, what-have-you, in a medium that I was damn sure, really wanted me to be there! Dick was the very first comics pro that I ever met. He gave me my first, very paternal critique, and my first job interview, of sorts.It would be over the next couple of weeks that Dick would make (more) time to see whatever I had gone back to my hotel room to do, and redo, and return to DC.He even parked me in the coffee room and library when he was busy with "real" work as an editor. Cool.Dick had immense patience and a penchant for my "rough around the edges" talent. Dick also had a big, sympathetic heart, most noticeable when he sadly sent me back home to KC. (Ouch.) His gentle advice was to study, and retry again later. Which I did. Ultimately, I picked-up a wonderful, albeit modest battery of work, that I had the intimidating pleasure of seeing Dick, the master, ink. He even let me guest "Meanwhile" his column when DC turned 50. Dick made more than just an artist's mark on me, and I owe him. What a wonderful role model and friend.Thank you Dick Giordano, for stopping, and stooping to lift me up. You are loved.

  17. Miles Vorkosigan says:

    I only knew Dick from his work, but in all the comics that I read that he worked on, I never saw one bad line. Not one. What he did with Neal Adams was as close to perfection as I think can be had. Damn, what a loss to the world.