Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The Amazing Spider-Man: Brought to you by...

Through sheer accident, I found a list of people who have worked on the comic strip this Blog concerns itself with. I do not know how up-to-date it is, but it's interesting none-the-less. The list was found at this blog, at this post:

art John Romita 77-80
Larry Lieber 80-81
asst Frank Giacoia - ink- 80-82
Fred Kida 81-86
asst. Rick Hoberg (p) 81-82
asst. Will Muegniot (p) 82 briefly
asst Joe Giella 81-82- ink
asst. Ken Feduniewicz -color-80-82
asst. Stan Sakai -letter-86-92
asst Mike Esposito - ink 82-87, 94-97
Floro Dery (S) 83-92
Dan Barry (d) 86
asst Rick Parker - letter 84-92
Larry Lieber (d) 87-94, 97--
Ron Frenz 92
asst Joe Sinnott -ink 92-94, 97--
Sal Buscema 92
asst Tom Morgan -ink 92
Paul Ryan (S) 92-97
asst Dave Simons -ink 93-94
Alex Saviuk (S) 97--
wr Stan Lee 77--

So I guess the strip started in 1977, making this its 30th year. Also, Stan Lee has been writing it for all of those years, it would seem. As for the artists, I'm quite surprised that I recognize a good portion of those names, and quite unsurprised that the Sunday and Daily strips have different artists. I can't think what the "p" designation is for, though.


Dave said...

The (p) would indicate the penciler, who draws the initial strip, as opposed to the inker, who finishes the art for publication.

Mike Podgor said...

Thank you for clearing that up. =)

Dave said...

The first thing I thought was "wow, John Romita!" I agree that it's surprising how many good artists they have had doing this thing. Of course, daily strips are a real grind compared to a monthly full page format.

jvwalt said...

For the artists, even worse than the time presure is the ever-decreasing space allotted to comics in most newspapers. We often complain about the lack of action in this strip... but a lot of that has to do with the space issue, and how much you can show in a little tiny panel.

On the other hand... do we really believe Stan Lee has been writing this sludge since 1977? To start with, I'm sure he's had better things to do with his time, and would be more than happy to take the writing "credit" while having others do the work. And besides, I realize Stan Lee's genius is more in promotion than in writing, but if he has been writing the strip, it's a sad testament to his lack of writing skill.