Dick Giordano dies at 77
Giordano, who had been suffering from leukemia, was recently hospitalised and passed away on Saturday morning due to complications from pnuemonia, reports Robot 6.
With a career that began in 1951, Giordano worked with numerous publishers including DC, Marvel, Dell and Valiant. As editor-in-chief for Charlton Comics he oversaw the creation of modern DC mainstays including Captain Atom and the Blue Beetle.
As an artist he was best known for his inking work with Neal Adams on Batman and Green Lantern/Green Arrow, with John Byrne on The Man of Steel and Action Comics and with George Perez on the legendary Crisis on Infinite Earths series.
"Few could ever hope to match what he accomplished in his chosen profession, or to excel while maintaining great humour, compassion for his peers and an unwavering love for the art form," artist Bob Layton wrote in a statement announcing Giordano's death.
"His unique vision changed the comic industry forever and all of those who work in the business continue to share in the benefits of his sizeable contributions.
"I have been honoured to call him a business partner, mentor and dear friend throughout the majority of my lifetime. We will not see his like again."
Comic creators including Rob Liefeld, Marv Wolfman and Mike Gold have released statements remembering Giordano and praising his role as mentor and inspiration.