Posts Tagged ‘John Romita’

Daredevil #100

November 5, 2014

Daredevil 100Ed Brubaker // Michael Lark
with Lee Bermejo, Gene Colan, Marko Djurdjevic, Alex Maleev, John Romita, & Bill Sienkiewicz
October 2007
***

Aside from a few pages of new action, #100 serves as an expressionistic origin recap. The mag marks its 100th ish (since the ’98 reboot) the same way as it did #50: by asking a few prior DD artists to contribute their pencils. A few sequences are lovely—Romita, Sienkiewicz—but the overall effect is a drag on the arc’s momentum. In the framework, the hero’s been dosed by a psychotropic fear gas.

last issue: Daredevil #99
next issue: Daredevil #101

also indexed for Oct. ’07
Annihilation: Conquest: Quasar #2 of 4
Annihilation: Conquest: Star-Lord #2 of 4
Annihilation: Conquest: Wraith #2 of 4
Astonishing X-Men
#22
The Immortal Iron Fist #8
Nova #5
Thunderbolts #116

Daredevil #50

September 16, 2014

Daredevil 050Brian Michael Bendis // Alex Maleev
with Gene Colan, Klaus Janson, David Mack, Michael Avon Oeming, Joe Quesada, John Romita, & Lee Weeks
October 2003
*****

Bendis’ first-act climax sees a rollcall of DD artists contribute a page. Matt M savages Fisk and, mask off, declares himself the new Kingpin of Hell’s Kitchen! But are overwhelming force & violence the tools of a hero? BMB mirrors, among other things, the rhetoric & action of the Bush Presidency.

last issue: Daredevil #49
next issue: Daredevil #51

also indexed for Oct. ’03
Alias #25
Avengers/JLA #2 of 4
New X-Men #145

Tales of Suspense #77: Captain America

January 22, 2012

Stan Lee // Jack Kirby & John Romita
May 1966
B-story: *****
Cap’s first essential tale since his revival, this mini-drama must be exactly how the supersoldier spent WW2. Flashback to the Liberation of Paris, when Cap loses his g’friend, a liaison with the Resistance. Marvel’s best romance artist, Romita, ghosts his passionate faces over Kirby’s layouts.
[A-story: Iron Man]
[last issue: Tales of Suspense #76]
[next issue: Tales of Suspense #78]

Tales of Suspense #76: Captain America

January 21, 2012

Stan Lee // John Romita
April 1966
B-story: ****
The rippling forms & sure rhythms of recent hire Romita match this mag’s heroic tone perfectly. And his chemistry w/ Lee renders memorable the swinging ’60s villain, a French bounder named Batroc (Batroque?). He’s been hired by a 007-style super-crime ring to steal an explosive isotope from SHIELD.
[A-story: Iron Man]
[last issue: Tales of Suspense #75]
[next issue: Tales of Suspense #77]

Daredevil #19

December 31, 2011

Stan Lee // John Romita
August 1966
***

Daredevil resembles Spider-Man more & more. And it’s not just Romita’s gymnastic fights, it’s Lee’s quippy dialogue & his tease at villains’ secret IDs. While DD protects his lawyer pal from hoodlums, his foes (the masked mastermind & razored bruiser) butt heads while forming an alliance.

last issue: Daredevil #18
next issue: Daredevil #20

also indexed for Aug. ’66
The Avengers #31
Tales of Suspense #80  (Captain America)

Daredevil #18

December 30, 2011

Stan Lee & Denny O’Neil // John Romita
July 1966
****

Foggy buys a Daredevil suit & hires the costumer to attack him on a date. But the guy’s a psychotic w/ an armored, razored suit of his own! The dockside fight (once DD shows) makes this Romita’s strongest issue so far. And his realistic anatomy mirrors its focus on bodies & super-clothing.

last issue: Daredevil #17
next issue: Daredevil #19

Also indexed for Jul. ’66
The Avengers #30
The Amazing Spider-Man #38
Tales of Suspense #79  (Captain America)

Daredevil #17

December 29, 2011

Stan Lee // John Romita
June 1966
***
Guest-star Spider-Man kayos the henchmen, leaving the mastermind for Daredevil. Romita stages the fights as fisticuffs, failing to show off the superheroes’ powers. But he & Lee soap the mag’s romantic triangle by having the suddenly flabby Foggy equivocate to his sec when Spidey IDs him as DD.

last issue: Daredevil #16
next issue: Daredevil #18

also indexed for June ’66
The Avengers #29
The Amazing Spider-Man #37
Tales of Suspense #78  (Captain America)

Daredevil #16

December 28, 2011

Stan Lee // John Romita
May 1966
***

A super-criminal pits Daredevil against Spider-Man as cover for his techno-heist. Romita’s inaugural take on Spidey must’ve looked odd to Marvelites used to Ditko (looka those ripe muscles! And slips in the web pattern!). Spider-fans might scoff at DD’s too-easy defeat of their hero—but it is his mag.

last issue: Daredevil #15
next issue: Daredevil #17

also indexed for May ’66
The Avengers #28
The Amazing Spider-Man #36
Tales of Suspense #77  (Captain America)

Daredevil #15

December 26, 2011

Stan Lee // John Romita
April 1966
***

A bruiser, created by Ditko but perfect for Romita, returns to take a few more pokes at DD—after a mad scientist swaps bodies w/ him! It ends w/ a sentimental twist as the onetime brute, now a wimp, gets a second chance at life. Romita artfully allows more panel time for the actors than the action.

last issue: Daredevil #14
next issue: Daredevil #16

also indexed for Apr. ’66
The Avengers #27
The Amazing Spider-Man #35
Tales of Suspense #76  (Captain America)
The X-Men #19

Daredevil #14

December 25, 2011

Stan Lee // John Romita
March 1966
***

Ish #14 caps the mag’s detour into the glamorous tropes of the international superspy. The horned hero stops an English lord (in gaudy costume) from using a ray-gun to conquer the world. Romita, now solo on DD & showing fizzy chemistry w/ Lee, echos Kirby’s perspec but already has those full faces.

last issue: Daredevil #13
next issue: Daredevil #15

also indexed for Mar. ’66
The Avengers #26
The Amazing Spider-Man #34
Tales of Suspense #75  (Captain America)
The X-Men #18

Daredevil #13

December 24, 2011

Stan Lee // Jack Kirby & John Romita
February 1966
***

Propelled by Kirby’s imagination, Daredevil shoots off on a tangent. Ka-Zar, lord of a polar Lost World, has a super-metal inheritance sought by his evil bro, pirates, & a spy-ring! Did I mention DD’s power loss, combat w/ a caveman, or a sabre-toothed tiger’s fight w/ a carnivorous plant?

last issue: Daredevil #12
next issue: Daredevil #14

also indexed for Feb. ’66
The Avengers #25
The Amazing Spider-Man #33
Strange Tales #141  (Dr. Strange)
Tales of Suspense #74  (Captain America)
The X-Men #17

Daredevil #12

December 23, 2011

Stan Lee // Jack Kirby & John Romita
January 1966
***

Now monthly, Daredevil gets a new artist: John Romita. His balanced classical style, honed on romance comics, sits oddly atop Kirby’s dynamo layouts & fevered creativity. DD gets pressganged by a pirate (in 18C togs) & his submersible sailing ship, bound for a Cretaceous oasis & its Tarzan.

last issue: Daredevil #11
next issue: Daredevil #13

also indexed for Jan. ’66
The Avengers #24
The Amazing Spider-Man #32
Strange Tales #140  (Dr. Strange)
Tales of Suspense #73  (Captain America)
The X-Men #16