Sunday, March 28, 2010

Dick Giordano

I've been pretty wrapped up the past week with the new addition to our household, so much so that I only today learned that the great Dick Giordano passed away this weekend.

I never met Mister Giordano personally. Anything I know of the man was gleaned by religiously reading his editorials every month in the back of DC's books. He had left his position at the company before I started working for DC although I did actually ink him on a job for a Flash annual in the mid-90's.

Imagine that. Me inking one of the greatest inkers in the history of the comic book medium. And man, did I fuck it up. You ever want to talk about stagefright, that job was a classic case. Mr. Giordano was an artist whose work I studied for years. Every page he inked was a textbook in what an inker does. So you'd think I might have been a little more competent but sadly, that wasn't the case.

Nonetheless, I still have the originals filed away and it's a small joy of my career that our paths touched, at least briefly.

There are a lot of people who knew Mr. Giordano personally, who are more eloquent than I am, and will write about the man, the artist, the executive, and his accomplishments in much more touching fashion than I ever could.

I would just like to say that the name and work of Dick Giordano touched my life on a monthly basis for many, many years. I read his columns, I studied his work, I hoped that one day he might hire me if I were ever lucky enough to impress him with my samples. His passing leaves a hole in my youth (which is starting to look like Swiss cheese as more of my heroes pass away), and a void in this crazy little business that will never be filled.

I am deeply, deeply saddened by his passing.

As Dick would always say, "Thank you and good afternoon."


Homesick At Space Camp said...

Nice post Keith!

David said...

Very thoughtful post Keith! Mr. Giordano and his talents will most certainly be missed!

Any interest in selling any of your original pages from the work you did on Outsiders 25? If so, please contact me at

thanks for your time

David Welch