Mark Arnold:Real Heroes
John Romita Jr. 30th Anniversary + Hero by Night
The son of the infamous John Romita of Amazing Spider-Man fame, made his own mark on the history of Marvel Comics starting in 1977. After a few random covers and pinups, Romita Jr.’s career began in earnest with a backup story that originally appeared in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #11 and reprinted here.
Jr. then went on to do a stint on Iron Man and later various stints on Spider-Man and X-Men. There are various tributes, sketches and a time line that completes this well-deserved tribute to a living legend.
A typical super-hero tale starts off just as traditionally in this series with lots of gritty action between two costumed heroes, but soon the action switches to a local deli. Eventually, the two diverse storylines intertwine as young Jack King learns about the powers that come from being a super-hero and a recently discovered super-hero lair in the basement of an apartment complex. And that’s just the beginning!
The story is destined to expand in many directions, but it’s up to you to find out what happens next.
Mark Arnold is a comic book and animation historian and a writing, art, and film/video production professional. He writes comic books and articles on comic books and animation for various publications in addition to scripts, short stories and novels. He is also skilled in sales, marketing and promotion, and has film and TV production experience with digital video, video tape, and film. He has many online websites including Fun Ideas, Mark's Rare Comics, The Harveyville Fun Times!, So Rare!, and Food Shop. He also writes an (almost) daily blog and writes and draws a weekly comic strip called Protecto, the Little Robot. For the curious, Mark can be reached online at email@example.com. Whew!