His work is still what I imagine in that first instant that I hear a DC character's name. RIP.
Comic Legend Dick Giordano Dies
The look this man introduced through his art became so familiar with his legion of fans and admirers. He will be remembered by his contributions and all the things that brought him forth. He will be missed, respected and revered. Rest in Peace.
I think it was 1968 when I picked up some new DC titles, things like the original "Secret Six," "Deadman," and "Bat Lash," as well as some slightly older comics like "Teen Titans." They weren't like many of the comics DC had been publishing. There was a feel to the stories that neither DC or Marvel (save Steranko's "Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.") had. I soon realized it was the editor, Dick Giordano, who was responsible for the sensibilities of these comics.
I was sad when most of these titles disappeared within the year. (The exception was "Teen Titans," but Giordano was pulled off of it after having the characters ditch their powers and costumes for a while, a bold move I liked -- but, I suspect, most readers did not.) I didn't know about Continuity until some years later, but I liked the work I did see Giordano doing, especially his art on the Modesty Blaise graphic novel for DC in the early 90s.
I also liked the man the few times I saw him in person. He always had time to stop and chat with someone, whether he knew them or not.
His influence on comic books has not been noticed the way Frank Miller's or Neil Gaiman's has. But, in his life, he did his best to do the best comics that he could. And, many times, his best was very good indeed.
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