Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Dick Giordano: July 20, 1932 – March 27, 2010

Far more will be written about the career and talent of legendary comics editor and artist Dick Giordano - who passed away yesterday morning at the age of 77 - than I could ever hope to squeeze into a mere note here. That's appropriate for a person who's career was so vast and exemplary. After reading some remembrances of the man, I thought of my own exchange with him more than twenty years ago, and thought I would share it with you.

It should quickly be noted that I've always wanted to be a comic-book creator. ALWAYS. From the time I could start reading, I absorbed as much knowledge about the medium as I could. Most helpful toward this end were the "Meanwhile..." columns written by Giordano during his tenure as Executive Editorial Director at DC COMICS. He wrote of his background in editing, his opinions of the works being published by his company and others at the time, and gave instructions to those desiring to break into the business.