Writer and poet Dorian J. Sinnott shared on Twitter that his grandfather, longtime Marvel Comics artist and inker, Joe Sinnott has died. “He passed away this morning, June 25th,” he said, “at 8:40am at the age of 93. He enjoyed life and was drawing up until the end. RIP, Poppy.”
A tremendous talent with a long, long career.
Last Edit: Jun 25, 2020 11:06:49 GMT -5 by kirby101
Another great one gone who could pencil and ink and was one of the best in both efforts! Glad to having lots of Joltin' Joe books in my collection to enjoy over and over again. A very essential part of my FF love growing up and he made King Kirby look very sleek and futuristic while capturing the human elements of the 1st family of Cosmic Rays...You will be missed but remembered Mr. Sinnott!
Gimme a home on the ol' prairie where I can sit in my rockin' chair reading my favorite old comic books of yesteryear!
One of the things Joe should be credited with is he stayed on the FF for about 130 issues after Kirby left. Up until John Byrne took over. Through Buscema, Buckler, Perez and Seinkewicz among others, he kept the quality of the art and the look of the book consistent.
Last Edit: Jun 26, 2020 9:27:51 GMT -5 by kirby101
Often, when I'd ink my own pencils, I'd try to have it come out looking like Sinnott... but it often came out looking like Dick Ayers. (another guy I miss!)
I know at least one person online who accused Sinnott of "changing Kirby's art TOO MUCH". And I know what he means. But compare to too many who REALLY changed Kirby's art, Sinnott was an ideal compromise. He made the finished art GLEAM.
He was also my favorite inker over Jim Steranko.
It's a shame I never got to meet him (but then, that goes for too many people).
Last Edit: Jun 25, 2020 19:35:58 GMT -5 by profh0011
Sinnott's really set the template for Marvel's "house style" in the 70s. While I don't think he "changed" Kirby's art, he did tone down some of the stylistic excesses, while emphasizing character and emotion. Royer's and Berry's more "slavish" fidelity to Kirby's pencils made it harder for some readers to embrace his art, especially post-Adams where "realism"--or at least the appearance of realism--seemed to be the goal.