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Comic Art News: MEET JOHN ROMITA 1 LAST TIME THIS FRIDAY! FIRST EVER ART OF SPIDER-MAN

Hi Folks.... I'm proud to be helping the Society Of American Illustration  
with a great event with opening night happening this Friday June 9th at  
730pm in New York City where John Romita Sr himself (and a few other iconic 
comic book artists will be present)

John Romita will be present for his final public appearance Friday (most 
likely) as he doesn't do comic conventions anymore.

I loaned the museum well over 200 of my most prized pieces from my private 
collection to show for this great 2-3 month long event to honor nearly all 
"AMAZING" Spider-Man artists who drew the book from Spidey's first 25 
years (1962-1987)!

The exhibit runs from June 6th through August 26th, 2017.

I look forward to being there this Friday June 9th at 730pm to see my very 
very dear friend John Romita and hopefully many other Spiderman fans

Mike Burkey

(PS we just had a great website update today with some sweet art also..LOL)
Here is more info for the show from Bill Cox and the COMIC ART FANS  
website: 
NEW YORK, NY (April 20, 2017) – The first ever exhibition of original 
Spider-Man artwork by John Romita and other significant artists including Steve 
Ditko, Todd McFarlane, John Buscema, Ross Andru, Gil Kane, Ron Frenz, 
Keith Pollard, John Romita Jr. and others. The exhibit runs from June 6th 
through August 26th, 2017. 
An opening reception to the public will be held on Friday June 9th at 
7:30PM. 
Spider-Man is the well- known signature character of the Marvel universe; 
created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko at the nadir of the comics field in 
August of 1962 in the last issue of Amazing Fantasy #15. Fan reaction was 
promising and Lee decided to take a chance and published Spider-Man as a stand- 
alone comic. Unlike the fun, yet two dimensional super heroes of the 
1930's and 40's, Lee scripted his new characters with flaws, insecurities, and 
nuanced personalities. These new style comics proved to be popular with 
fans, and readers as old as college age began to follow the exploits of these 
famed but awed super heroes. 



Ditko soon left Marvel and Spider-Man fans wondered who would take over 
his quirky and awkwardly drawn hero. Enter artist John Romita. Romita, a 
graduate of Manhattan’s School of Industrial Art was already a veteran of 
comics and had worked in the industry since 1947. Overcoming his initial 
trepidation from taking over a strip that was drawn by the idiosyncratic Ditko, 
Romita soon ‘stopped trying to mimic Ditko’ and gave Spider- Man and his  
cast of characters his own warmer, friendlier, appealing and more elegant  
portrayal which would propel Spider-Man and his cast of well- known characters  
and villains to worldwide fame and multi-media acceptance as ‘the’ super 
hero symbol of the ‘swinging ‘60s’ pop culture. 
Romita’s lush and appealing artwork was also significant as his style soon 
became the blueprint for what would become the Marvel house look. Indeed, 
a few years later, in 1973, Romita would become the art director for the 
entire line of Marvel Comics. Romita’s impact on Marvel Comics in general and 
on Spider-Man in particular cannot be overstated; much like Walt Disney's 
nurtured mouse and a house look into a powerhouse brand, Romita assisted 
Lee in doing much the same, Lee on the words, and Romita on the look of both 
the spider and the house line. No wonder Disney would acquire Marvel Comics 
some years later. Romita would be recognized for his contribution to his 
industry by being inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 
2002.

This exhibition features art from throughout Romita’s initial Spider-Man 
run. Featured are (‘twice up’) pages from early in the run and their large 
size and clean presentation are a joy to behold. Significant pages are 
exhibited here for the first time, including Spider-Man’s battles with the 
Green Goblin, the Rhino, Doctor Octopus and many others. ere are many pages  
featuring Romita’s beautiful presentation of Mary Jane Parker and Gwen Stacy,  
including the original early finished drawings. Also featured are the first 
2 weeks of John Romita’s amazing Spider- Man strip run as well as several 
of his earliest larger Sunday strips. 
There are select pages from Steve Ditko, the quirky creator who gave 
Spider-Man his oblique beginning with fantastic and detailed layouts and 
cinematic pacing. Other featured Spider-Man artists will include Todd McFarlane 
who rebooted Spider- Man’s look in 1988 to much fan acclaim, and notable 
artists such as Ross Andru, John Buscema, Ron Frenz, Gil Kane, Keith Pollard, 
and John Romita Jr, who all contributed their considerable talents in 
illustrating this iconic character.




Thee exhibition also includes rare art from the original Spider-Man 
newspaper strip, advertising and other illustrative work. It is the largest, and 
most comprehensive exhibition of Spider-Man art ever seen anywhere in the 
world. 
The art is on loan from the collection of Spider-Man and Romita expert 
Mike Burkey, and the show is arranged and curated by Comic Art Specialist Rob 
Pistella. 

About the Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators and its Museum of 
Illustration together comprise America’s longest-standing nonprofit organization 
dedicated to the art of illustration to promote the art and appreciation of 
illustration and its history and evolving nature through exhibitions and 
educational programs. 



GENERAL INFORMATION 
SI is located at 128 East 63rd Street between Lexington and Park Avenue in 
New York City. 
SI is open to the public: 
Tues: 10am to 8pm
Wed to Fri: 10am to 5pm Sat: 11am to 5pm
For admission costs and additional information please call 212.838.2560
or visit our website at: _www.societyillustrators.org
(http://www.societyillustrators.org/)  
PRESS CONTACT 
Kate Feirtag kate@societyillustrators.org 
Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street

New York, NY 10065 212.838.2560 _www.societyillustrators.org
(http://www.societyillustrators.org/)


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