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Real Name: John Romita

Identity/Class: Human, citizen of the United States

Occupation: Retired, formerly Marvel Comics art director

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Fantastic Four (Human Torch/Johnny Storm, Invisible Woman/Sue Storm, Mr. Fantastic/Reed Richards, Thing/Ben Grimm), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Marvel Bullpen (Gerry Conway, Archie Goodwin, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, George Perez, Roy Thomas, John Verpoorten, Len Wein, Marv Wolfman), Namor, Spider-Man (Peter Parker),

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: Virginia Romita (wife), John Romita Jr. (son), three unnamed sisers and a brother

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City, New York

First Appearance: Sub-Mariner I#19 (November, 1969)

Powers/Abilities: John Romita possesses no known superhuman abilities. A gifted visual storyteller with a talent for handling other creatives, he successfully worked in the comic business for decades.

Height: 5'10" (by approximation)
Weight: 160 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: White (formerly brown)


(Marvel Two-in-One Annual I#1 (fb) - BTS) - John Romita was born in New York City on January 24th, 1930. Growing up in the city, he became known as Johnny Romita. In his early teens, he worked as a delivery boy for some Manhattan doctors.

(Marvel Two-in-One Annual I#1) - In 1942, Johnny was in the city just as the time traveling Thing (Ben Grimm) arrived. The hero stood out in the city and was about ready to get into a scrape with some cops who believed he was up to no good. Johnny stood up for the stranger, claiming he was just a little crazy. Ben thanked the kid for his help, but it did little good. The cops opened fire and forced Thing to deal with them. Moments later, the fight ended when an air raid alarm sounded and the Nazi villain Skyshark and his squadron attacked. Armed with a pair of binoculars, Johnny told Ben all about Skyshark and then looked on in amazement as Red Raven, Jack Frost, Thin Man and Blue Diamond showed up to deal with the menace. Johnny and Ben even had a brush with Miss America who rushed by them, undressing to reveal her costume as she went.

(Peter Parker: Spider-Man I#89 (fb) - BTS) -  At a certain point, John met and married his wife Virginia Romita.

(Sub-Mariner I#19 (fb) - BTS) - His talent for drawing landed Romita a job with Marvel comics.

(Sub-Mariner I#19) - John Romita was enjoying a day at Coney Island with several of his Marvel colleagues when the Sub-Mariner washed ashore. Romita watched how police tried to arrest the furious Namor who attacked them before diving into the water to get away.

(Iron Man I#85) - John, his wife Virginia Romita and several members of the Marvel Bullpen approached the immobile form of Iron Man minutes after the golden Avenger's fight with the Freak. John wanted to see if Iron Man was dead, but noticed the armored hero gesturing at a nearby transistor radio. Romita made sure Iron Man got the device which he used to restore minimal power to his armor. The Romitas, along with Stan Lee and John Verpoorten then watched Iron Man deploy his built-in rollerblades and skate off towards Stark International in Queens.

(Fantastic Four I#176) - John Romita was tending to his duties as art director at Marvel when the offices were besieged by the Impossible Man who had come looking for Stan Lee to put him in a comic. Impy's arrival was followed by the Fantastic Four, leading to a brawl in the bullpen that included Romita's office. Watching the ruckus from a safe distance, Romita wondered if he could possibly get Thing and the others pose for some covers while they were there. The altercation ended when Mr. Fantastic pressured Lee into agreeing to produce a one-off Impossible Man comic.

(Spider-Man I#89) - In a desperate attempt to get away from Shotgun, Spider-Man crashed through the skylight of John and Virginia Romita's apartment. Only briefly stunned to see the Stunned to see the vigilante hero, John told Virginia to get behind him. Spider-Man wasted no time, telling the Romitas to inform their landlord 'that no account scoundrel Spider-Man' had wrecked their place, that way the insurance would cover the damages. He then kicked open their front door and dashed off.

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas (writer), Marie Severin (pencils), Johnny Craig (inks).

John Romita is of course the 616-counterpart of the legendary artist who helped define Marvel's look as art director from the early 1970s through the 80s and early 90s. "Jazzy John" as Stan Lee dubbed Romita was a mainstay of the bullpen, renowned for his own artistry. He was the first to draw Amazing Spider-Man after Steve Ditko left even though he initially worried he wouldn't be the right fit for the book. Romita's take on the character helped cement his popularity for decades.

Profile by Norvo

John Romita should not be confused with

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Spider-Man I#89 p6, pans1&2 (main image)
Marvel Two-in-One Annual I#1 p17, pans 3&4 (meets Thing)
Fantastic Four I#176, p18, pan5 (wondering about covers )

Sub-Mariner I#19 (November, 1969) -
Roy Thomas (writer), Marie Severin (pencils), Johnny Craig (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Iron Man I#85 (April, 1976) - Len Wein & Roger Silfer (writer/editor), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Marie Severin (inks)

Marvel Two-in-One Annual I#1 (June, 1976)  - Roy Thomas (writer/editor), Sal Bucscema (pencils) Sam Grainger (inks)
Fantastic Four I#176 (November, 1976) - Roy Thomas (writer/editor), George Perez (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)
Spider-Man I#89 (March, 1998) - Howard Mackie (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)

First Posted: 10/20/2021
Last Updated: 10/20/2021

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