Dick Giordano (born Richard Joseph Giordano on July 20, 1932) is an American comic book artist and editor best known for introducing Charlton Comics' "Action Heroes" stable of superheroes, and serving as editor of then industry-leader DC Comics.
Early life and career
Dick Giordano was born in Manhattan
, New York City
, New York
. He made a mark in the comic-book industry at Charlton Comics
as editor in the mid-1960s, overseeing the revamping of its few existing superheroes and having his artists and writers create new such characters for what he called the company "Action Hero" line.
DC Comics' then-publisher Carmine Infantino
hired Giordano as an editor in 1968. While none of his titles (such as Bat Lash
) were a commercial hit, they were critical successes. By the early 1970s, Giordano had left DC to partner with artist Neal Adams
for their Continuity Associates
studios, which as of 2007 continues to produce commercial art and some comic book work.
In the late 1970s new DC publisher Jenette Kahn brought Giordano back to DC. Initially the editor of the Batman titles, Giordano was named the company's new managing editor in 1981. With Kahn and Paul Levitz, Giordano helped relaunch such major characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, the Justice League of America, and the Teen Titans. By the end of the 1980s, they had also created the critically acclaimed, mature-audience Vertigo imprint, under initial editor Karen Berger, and began an influx of British talent such as Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman.
Giordano also continued to ink, such as over George Pérez's pencils on the 1986 crossover Crisis on Infinite Earths, and John Byrne's pencils on The Man of Steel and Action Comics.
Giordano went into semi-retirement in the early 1990s, still doing the occasional inking job. In 1994 Giordano illustrated a graphic novel
adaptation of the novel Modesty Blaise
released by DC Comics (ISBN 1-56389-178-6), with creator/writer Peter O'Donnell
. In 2002, Giordano helped launch Future Comics
with writer David Michelinie
and artist Bob Layton
. Future Comics closed down after only two and a half years in business in 2004.
Since 2002 he has also drawn issues of The Phantom comic book published in Europe and Australia. In the mid-2000s, he began sitting on the board of directors of the comic industry charity, A Commitment To Our Roots (ACTOR), renamed in 2006 to The Hero Initiative. In 2005, F+W Publications Inc. published Drawing Comics with Dick Giordano (which he wrote and illustrated), a book in which he shares his drawing methods and techniques that he used in comics. He also is helping to push out other great artist like Rob Jones.
As an artist, Giordano is best-known as an inker
, particularly over the pencils of Neal Adams
, for an influential run in the late 1960s and early 1970s on the titles Batman
and Green Lantern/Green Arrow
for DC Comics
, and for the large-format, landmark DC/Marvel Comics intercompany crossover Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man
(1976), over the pencils of Spider-man
specialist Ross Andru
. Giordano also inked the similarly one-shot Superman vs. Muhammad Ali
in 1978. Through out the late seventies and eighties Andru and Giordano were DC's cover artists of choice, providing cover artwork for every title in the DC line at that time.
He served as mentor or inspiration to an entire generation of inkers, including Terry Austin, Klaus Janson, Bob Layton, Steve Mitchell. Joe Rubinstein and Mike DeCarlo. As a penciller, he drew numerous Batman and Wonder Woman stories as well as the martial arts feature "Sons of the Tiger" in Marvel's black-and-white comics magazine The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu.
Full pencil stories:
- Action Comics #419-420, 422-423, 426, 428-429, 432 (Human Target), 600 (Lex Luthor story), 836 (2-pages among other artists)
- Adventure Comics #419 (Zatanna), 475-478 (Aquaman)
- Armageddon Inferno #4 (JSA)
- Armageddon: the Alien Agenda #4 (Captain Atom)
- Batman #247, 250 (backup stories), 327 (Batman & Robin backup story), 421, "Hollywood Knight" (elseworld miniseries) #1-3, Batman Chronicles #13, 21, Batman: Turning Point #3, Batman: Gotham Knights #19, 28, Batman: Gordon of Gotham #1-4, Batman: Dark Knight of the Round Table #1-2
- Birds of Prey #12, "Wolves" (graphic novel)
- Black Canary "New Wings" (miniseries) #1-4
- Black Fury #7, 42, 47
- Brave and the Bold v1 #65 (Flash & Doom Patrol), 143-144 (Human Target), 163 (Batman & Black Lightning), 166 (Batman & Black Canary)
- Christmas with the Super-Heroes #2 (Deadman story)
- Detective Comics #426, 430, 436, 449 (Elongated Man), 457 (Batman), 484, 486, 493 (Human Target), 487 (Batgirl), 500 ("To kill a legend", Batman main story)
- The Flash v1 #206, 208, 210, 212 (Elongated Man), 220, 221, 223, 224 (Green Lantern)
- The Flash v2 Annual #10
- Justice League of America v1 #200
- Secret origins of the Super-heroes (Batman story)
- Superman v1 #236, 255, 271 ("Fabulous world of Krypton" stories), #466
- Wonder Woman v1 #200-203, 220
He has received recognition in the industry for his work, including the Alley Award for Best Editor in 1969 and the Shazam Award
for Best Inker (Dramatic Division) for Green Lantern
and other DC
titles in 1970, again in 1973 for Justice League of America
, and the Shazam Award
for Best Inker (Dramatic Division) in 1971 and 1974.