THE CCXP has just confirmed the presence of John Romita Jr. in Artists’ Alley in 2019. The 6th edition of the biggest pop culture festival on the planet takes place between December 5th and 8th, at the Sao Paulo Expo.
Confirmation came via the event’s official Twitter. The artist came to CCXP18 as part of the event for 80 years of Superman, now he will be at Artists’ Alley – space dedicated especially to comics – at predefined times.
Son of John Romita Sr., one of the most famous artists in Spider man since the 1960s, JRJr. started his career early. At the age of 13 he proposed the creation of a character to Stan Lee, who subsequently introduced Gatuno alongside John Buscema in the magazine The Amazing Spider-Man # 78(The spectacular Spider Man) in 1969. In Marvel UK (British arm of Marvel Comics), began to design sketches for reprint covers, until it debuted with a six-page story in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual # 11 in 1977.
The following year, he began to gain popularity by participating in stories from the Iron Man next to the writer David Michelinie and the designer Bob Layton, who at the time were responsible for introducing several characters to the plot, such as the girlfriend of Stark’s bodyguard, Bethany Cabe, and the rival Justin Hammer. In this phase, he designed the Iron Man classics: The Armor War and The Bottle Demon.
In the 1980s, he regularly participated in the Spider-Man magazines. Next to the writer Dennis O’Neil, introduced the characters Madame Web and Water Man, besides co-creating Macabre Elf with the screenwriter Roger Stern. Marvel still drew Tournament of Champions, the first limited series published by Marvel Comics bringing together the main characters of the publisher. In his first stint as a regular artist of Uncanny X-Men, co-created the character Forge.
From 1988 to 1990, Romita designed the magazine for demolisher, at the time with Ann Nocenti and artwork Al Williamson, when he participated in the creation of the character Maria Typhoid.
In the 1990s he continued on several Marvel titles, such as: the second arc of history Iron Man’s Armor Wars; The Punisher: In War Zone; the first miniseries of the mutant Cable; and the crossover Punisher and Batman. In addition, Romita Jr. collaborated with Frank Miller in Daredevil: The Fearless Man, a story about the origin of the character. He was one of those responsible for relaunching Thor with Dan Jurgens in 1998 and Peter Parker: Spider-Man with Howard Mackie in 1999.
In the 2000s, the artist returned to the stories of Spider-Man, participating in a comic in honor of the victims of the 9/11 attack, in which he showed that even the superhero was unhappy with such destruction. Another outstanding work at the time was in the regular series of Wolverine – character co-created by his father – beside the screenwriter Mark Millar.
In 2004, his first own comic book, The Gray Area, was published by Image Comics. He also drew stories from the black Panther, Sentinel and Ultimate Vision.
In 2008, Romita collaborated again with Mark Millar, with whom he co-created Kick-Ass, a character who has had two films in the cinema.
After 30 years at Marvel, John Romita Jr. was invited by DC Comics to be one of the publisher’s exclusive artists, working on Superman with the writer Geoff Johns, in 2014. Alongside Scott Snyder, participated in the relaunch of DC Rebirth with the magazine All-Star Batman, 2016. In the same year, he drew The Dark Knight: The Last Crusade, a history of Joker written by Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello that integrates the chronology of the classic The dark Knight.
The following year, he and the writer Dan Abnettlaunched the series The Silencer, as part of the line Dark Metal by DC Comics. The artist is currently working with Frank Miller on Superman: Year One, a series that will show the origins of the Man of Steel and will be launched later this year.
In 2018, the event received 262 thousand visitors, breaking public record and positioning itself once again with the largest pop culture festival in the world. CCXP is already part of the country’s cultural calendar and this year it will take place between December 5th and 8th, at São Paulo Expo. Learn more at www.ccxp.com.br.