'Not Every Character's An Italian' – Dan DiDio To John Romita Jr

John Romita Jr told Newsarama about his approach to drawing Superman.

The very first promotional sketch I ever did was so bad. I had changed the face a little bit — it wasn't good enough — and interestingly enough, that first poor image got onto the internet.

Yeah, uh, sorry about that John.


And it didn't go down well.

And I got such hate mail over that that I couldn't even get a chance to explain, that was just the very first thing I ever did! Calm down! I made a mistake!


And then I did another version, and Dan DiDio said, "Straighten his nose out! Not every character's an Italian, Romita! Give him a straight nose — this is Superman!"

This is I guess where it ended up…

635736062507116330-SM-42-5 I mean, they wouldn't look out of place in Italy…


About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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