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April 2, 2010

Rest in Peace, Dick Giordano

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I was sitting in a beautiful hotel conference room when I heard the news that comics legend Dick Giordano had passed away today at the age of 77. Dick was a wonderful artist, creator, and leader at DC Comics and elsewhere throughout the industry, and he was, by all accounts, a truly gracious and wonderful man. I’m in San Diego taking part in the Eisner Award judging process, along with some really amazing comics fans. All of us, it seems, have our own memories of Dick and his work. For me, I can still vividly remember his Meanwhile… columns, which appeared in all the DC books in the early ’80s. I read them every week and studied them intently for information on what was going to be coming up soon in my favorite books. I also remember when I wrote to Dick to tell him thanks for turning me on to Saga of the Swamp Thing by Alan Moore. And I was ecstatic when I got a short little note back as a result.

I never met Dick, but I probably owe the fact that I'm here in San Diego right now to him as much as anyone. I witnessed his work hundreds (thousands?) of times, whether it was his beautiful artwork (those covers!), his able inking, or his unseen but most definitely present editing hand. He touched so many aspects of comics that I just can’t thank him enough. He helped inspire my love of this format over and over again. My thoughts and condolences are with his family right now, and my thanks for all he did in comics.