The son of comic book legend John Romita Sr., artist John Romita Jr. has been a staple of comic book history for several decades and is a legend in his own right, working for both DC and Marvel Comics.
Over the years, Romita Jr. worked on several notable titles such as The Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man, Uncanny X-Men, and Daredevil, and some of you may also know Romita Jr. from his artwork on writer Mark Millar's Kick-Ass, published by Marvel’s Icon imprint. Of course, working for Marvel, the Inkpot and Eisner Award-winning artist also had the chance to work with the great Stan 'The Man' Lee himself.
During a recent chat with SYFY WIRE’s Mike Avila, Romita Jr. shared his best story about Lee (who always forgot his name until he started working with him), which doesn't actually involve him per se but rather his dad. It's a pretty great story that kicks off our very first Stan Lee Week very nicely.
"The image that my father explains to me, he goes in to discuss a plot for Spider-Man with a pen and paper because he knows he's got to take notes because Stan doesn't give him a plot," Romita Jr. explains. "Stan acted it out, jumped up on the couch; I mean, not Tom Cruise-like, but he does everything and that's what he gives. My father takes notes, goes home, and has to tell the story. So the image of Stan Lee jumping around the office explaining what's going on 'oh it's gotta be this guy, he's gotta jump in' those are the ones that make me smile."
Ah, to have been a fly, err, spider on the wall to see the great Stan Lee re-enact his comic book stories while jumping around the office...
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.