Monday, June 19, 2023

Comics: A Few Details About John Romita Sr., Artist and Art Director

John Victor Romita Sr. was born on January 24, 1930, in Brooklyn, New York, according to the New York, New York Birth Index at

The 1930 United States Census was enumerated in April. Romita was three-months-old and the first child of Vito, an Italian immigrant, and Minnie. They were Brooklyn residents at 1414 East 13th Street. 

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The 1940 Census said Romita was the oldest of five siblings. The family lived at 242 Ellery Street in Brooklyn. 

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Romita attended the School of Industrial Art in Manhattan and graduated in 1947. His classmates included Jon D’Agostino, Hal Fromm, Herbert Tauss and Les Zakarin. In a 2003 interview, Romita mentioned two instructors, Howard Simon and Ben Clemons. 

The Palette yearbook

The Romita family resided in Brooklyn at 229 Ellery Street, apartment 1. Romita was an “artist helper”. 

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In Comic Book Marketplace, #84, August 2001, Romita said he served during the Korean War starting in 1951. After basic training, he was assigned to Fort Dix where he produced artwork and posters.

In 1952, Romita and Virginia G. Bruno obtained marriage license number 25662 in Manhattan. 

In The Comics Journal #252, May 2003, Romita said he was discharged from the Army in July 1953. 

The Catalog of Copyright Entries, Third Series, Volume 9, Part 1, Number 1, Books and Pamphlets, January–June 1955 had the following entry. 
Cooley, Donald G.
What is a friend? 15 p. Appl. author: John Victor Romita, © Ticonderoga Publishers, division of Christmas Club, a Corp.; 13Apr55; A189633.

Further Reading
Cartoonist PROfiles, #39, September 1978, Interview, Part 1
Cartoonist PROfiles, #40, December 1978, Interview, Part 2
Comic Book Artist #6, Fall 1999, John Romita Sr.: Spidey’s Man (excerpt) 
Alter Ego #9, July 2001, A Candid Conversation With Marvel Artist/Art Director Supreme John Romita
Comic Book Marketplace, #84, August 2001, John Romita Sr. the Versatile Virtuoso
Editor & Publisher, November 11, 1976, Spider-Man debuts
Comic Book, June 13, 2023
Comic Book Resources, June 13, 2023
Hollywood Reporter, June 13, 2023
News from ME, June 13, 2023
The New York Times, June 14, 2023

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