Much has been made over John Romita Jr. moving to DC Comics earlier this year for a run on “Superman,” after a career spent illustrating Marvel’s most famous heroes. As announced Thursday on The Hollywood Reporter, his legendary father is following suit.
John Romita Sr. has emerged from retirement to illustrate a variant cover for “Superman” #34, slated for release later this month. It’s the first time the 84-year-old artist has drawn Superman on a comic book cover, but not the first DC work of his storied career — before his historic work at Marvel on titles like “Amazing Spider-Man” and “Daredevil,” he illustrated non-superhero comics at DC, primarily in the romance genre.
“I’ve done a few sketches when we used to do crossovers, and a couple of paperback covers that had Superman on them, and I’ve done Superman on sketches for kids on conventions,” Romita Sr. told THR. “DC called me and asked me if I would be interested in doing a variant cover, and I told them as long as it wasnâ€™t a crowd scene, I’d try it.”
“Superman” #34 is scheduled for release on Aug. 27. The story — written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Romita Jr., Klaus Janson and Laura Martin — will introduce new villain the Machinist, seen below in a page originally debuted by The Hollywood Reporter.
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