John Romita, Jr. Interview Part 2: X-Men, Daredevil, And More
Oct 20, 2019
by Troy-Jeffrey Allen
Since the late 1970s, John Romita, Jr. has been a constant in the comic book industry. His four-decade run at Marvel bridged generations, his co-creations Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl infiltrated the larger pop culture landscape, and his current run at DC Comics is destined to extend his career in comics well into the future.
In Part 2 of our interview series (above), Romita, Jr. takes us through his run on X-Men in the 1980s and 1990s, his work on Daredevil, Kick-Ass, and talks about his dynamic with writer Ann Nocenti, Frank Miller, and Mark Millar.
Stay tuned for Part 3, in which Romita talks about leaving Marvel for DC Comics and much more!
Swords and sorcery, mutant style! Finding themselves in the middle of a barbarian nightmare, can the X-Men, Avengers and Spider-Man restore the world? Things are no less mystical for the X-Men and Alpha Flight when the trickster god Loki offers a gift to the people of Earth - but, big surprise, it comes with a price! And blade in hand, Nightcrawler swashbuckles his way through an other-dimensional solo adventure! Enough fantasy for you? How about sci-fi, courtesy of Lockheed the Space Dragon and the time-tossed future Sentinel known as Nimrod? And for fans of good, old-fashioned super heroics, Power Pack meets Wolverine - and the Juggernaut's back in town! Collecting UNCANNY X-MEN (1981) #189-198, X-MEN ANNUAL (1970) #8, X-MEN AND ALPHA FLIGHT (1985) #1-2 and NIGHTCRAWLER (1985) #1-4. Rated T
How do you solve a problem like Mary? That's Typhoid Mary, the lethally seductive assassin unleashed by the Kingpin in his campaign to break Matt Murdock. She's a "love-maker and a man-hater" with multiple personalities - including one to target Matt, and another with her sights set on Daredevil! Under attack from both sides, the champion of Hell's Kitchen may be powerless to resist! Then, DD dances with demons when INFERNO rages in Manhattan, and his old life will be left in ashes. And everything goes to hell when the 'Devil locks horns with Mephisto! See both sides as Daredevil clashes with the Punisher, and meet the dark soul known as Blackheart! Will the Man Without Fear be left as a Man Without Hope? Collecting DAREDEVIL (1964) #253-270 and PUNISHER (1987) #10. Rated T
(W) Mark Millar (A) Kaare Andrews (A/CA) John Romita
Written by MARK MILLAR Penciled by JOHN ROMITA JR. &KAARE ANDREWS Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR. "I haven't enjoyed Wolverine this much since the Claremont & Byrne X-Men days...Millar is at the top of his game, and John Romita Jr. is doing the best work of his career." - David S. Goyer, screenwriter of Batman Begins & Blade
The complete epic, available for the first time in softcover! Brainwashed by the ninjas of the Hand, Wolverine slices and dices his way through foes and friends alike, ultimately resulting in the death of an X-Man! Captured and reprogrammed, Wolverine is sent against his former masters - but amid an orgy of death and destruction, is even the fiercest mutant alive a match for the deadly stare of the Gorgon?! Collecting WOLVERINE #20-32. 352 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$29.99
(W) Howard Mackie (A) Alex Garner (A/CA) John Romita
Three of Marvel's most hardcore heroes take on Blackheart, demonic son of Mephisto! When Danny Ketch, Logan and Frank Castle are lured to the Midwest town of Christ's Crown, they're offered a devilish deal: Kill the king of hell, and the answers to secrets that plague them will be revealed! But with the life of a local girl hanging in the balance, can Ghost Rider, Wolverine and Punisher resist Blackheart's pact? As the demon's design unfolds, and his deadly Corrupt overrun the town, all hope lies with the vigilante trio. Will they be overcome by the darkness in their hearts, or will it prove to be their greatest source of strength? Collecting GHOST RIDER/WOLVERINE/PUNISHER: HEARTS OF DARKNESS and THE DARK DESIGN. Rated T+
This month marks 10 YEARS OF KICK-ASS-the greatest superhero comic of all time! It's been a decade since teen comic book nerd Dave Lizewski donned his homemade Kick-Ass costume and took to the streets of NYC to fight the city's hardest criminals. This New York Times bestseller became a worldwide phenomenon overnight, spending three months at the top spot on the Diamond Direct Market chart and spawning the KICK-ASS movie that opened at No.1 in the box office! To celebrate the launch of the NEW KICK-ASS series, all four volumes of KICK-ASS: THE DAVE LIZEWSKI YEARS are being released through Image Comics. Relive what happens when Dave Lizewski asks himself "How come nobody's ever become a superhero before?" and makes his teenage superhero daydreams an ass-kicking reality. Superstar creators MARK MILLAR and JOHN ROMITA, JR. present this true 21st-century classic. Collects KICK-ASS #1-8.
In Shops: Feb 14, 2018
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Troy-Jeffrey Allen is the producer and co-host of PREVIEWSworld Weekly. His comics work includes BAMN, Fight of the Century, the Harvey Award-nominated District Comics, and the Ringo Awards-nominated Magic Bullet.