You might not instantly recognize Dick Giordano’s name, but his artistic influence on the comic book industry is undeniable. Giordano died of leukemia last week at the Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. He was 77.
A comic book artist and former executive editor of DC Comics, Giordano worked in the comic book industry for more than 40 years. He helped bring new life to aging comic book characters, thus reinventing them for the next generation of audiences. He was especially known for his skills as an inker, the artist who translates pencil sketches.
At Charlton Comics, where he began as a freelance artist and later became editor-in-chief, Giordano illustrated many covers and helped invent a line of action heroes such as The Peacemaker, The Question and Blue Beetle. DC Comics later purchased the line, which became the foundation for the heroes in “Watchmen” – a comic book that was adapted into a feature film in 2009.
As an editor at DC Comics, Giordano helped introduce the company’s first graphic novel collections. he left DC in 1971 to co-found with artist Neal Adams Continuity Associates, which worked in commercial artwork and illustrations for comic book publishers. He then returned to DC in 1980 and stayed there until 1993, becoming vice present/executive editor.