The Washington Times - October 18, 2007, 01:02PM
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The Hero Initiative

John Romita Sr.
  • Tuesday, November 27: A tour of Marvel Comics with John Romita Sr., and lunch.
  • Wednesday, November 28: Lunch with John Romita Sr. and current Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada.
  • Thursday, Nov. 29: Lunch with John Romita Sr. at Tavern on the Green restaurant in Central Park.
  • Friday, November 30: Meet John Romita Sr. at the Jim Hanley’s Universe comic store to receive a “Romita Library” of vintage comics and current hardcovers, followed by lunch.  

The bidding runs from October 18th to the 28th.

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Meet the man who drew this pivotal moment in the life of Spider-Man. [Courtesy of Marvel Comics]

Zadzooks also had a chance to talk to Mr. Romita about the importance of the Hero Initiative as well as offer some thoughts on his career and craft.

Why are you associated with the Hero Initiative?
All the ‘guilds’ and associations in the past decades never made a commitment to the welfare and care of those people who worked for many years without unemployment insurance or pension plans (freelancers) …. the Hero Initiative has done just that.

When will comic book artists get the respect they deserve from the art world?
Comics artists and writers have already gained that respect. They’ve seen their chosen work attain the status of “art form” and have become a much sought-after talent pool by television, films, book publishers and Broadway.

Do you still have a dream project?
I have mixed feelings on dream projects.  One or two concepts have made me consider bringing them to print, but the price in effort and time (crucial) is always too high for me.

What characters do you still enjoy drawing?
I enjoy drawing, but not deadlines.  Daredevil is always fun to draw. 

What are your opinions on the use of computers to assist in the creation of art?
It  is probably inevitable and I wish I’d had the patience to utilize it.  But storytelling and characters who readers can identify with will still be what counts.

What are you currently working on?
An occasional cover or a page or two for Marvel.

What did you think of the Spider-Man films?
I loved all three them because Sam Raimi obviously respects the basic elements of our favorite wall crawler’s saga.
— Joseph Szadkowski