Joe Sinnott, Legendary Comic Book Inker, Dies Ages 93

The family of legendary Joe Sinnott posted the following to his Facebook today, announcing the legendary comic book artist's death this morning, aged 93.

It with great sorrow that we must announce the passing of Joltin' Joe Sinnott on June 25th at 8:40am at the age of 93. He went peacefully with the knowledge that his family, friends, and fans adored him. He enjoyed life and was drawing up until the end. He always loved hearing from all of you and having your comments read to him. Each and every one of you were special to him.

The Sinnott family requests their privacy and understanding during this difficult time. Please send condolences to:

The Sinnott Family
27 Spaulding Lane
Saugerties, NY 12477

Thank you again for being such loyal and dedicated fans and friends to Joe. He considered all fans friends, and seeing you at cons and reading your messages was what kept him young at heart.

RIP Joe Sinnott
October 16th, 1926 – June 25th, 2020

Joe Sinnott worked in American comic books primarily as an inker, and is best known for his long stint on Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four, from 1965 to 1981, then later again in the eighties, and earning him the nickname Joltin' Joe Sinnott in the process. from 1965 to 1981. During his sixty years as a Marvel freelancer and then salaried artist working from home, Sinnott inked virtually every major Marvel Comics title, with notable runs on The Avengers, The Defenders and Thor. He continued to ink The Amazing Spider-Man Sunday comic strip until his retirement in March last year, aged 92.

In the mid-2000s, Stan Lee stated that Sinnott was Marvel's most in-demand inker, saying "pencilers used to hurl all sorts of dire threats at me if I didn't make certain that Joe, and only Joe, inked their pages. I knew I couldn't satisfy everyone and I had to save the very most important strips for him. To most pencilers, having Joe Sinnott ink their artwork was tantamount to grabbing the brass ring." In 2008, Sinnott was named special ambassador for the Inkwell Awards. In his honour, the Inkwell's Hall of Fame Award was renamed the Inkwell Award Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award or simply the Joe Sinnott Award.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family at this time.

Joe Sinnott, Legendary Comic Book Inker, Dies Ages 93.
Joe Sinnott, Legendary Comic Book Inker, Dies Ages 93. Photo courtesy of family.

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