For those who may be unfamiliar with TwoMorrows Publishing, they put out the very best books about comics books in the world, everything from the Golden Age to the Modern age. This book spotlights legendary inker Joe Sinnott, who is best known for his years teaming with Jack Kirby on the Fantastic Four. Sinnott has been working in comics for nearly 60 years and, naturally, it was Stan Lee himself who gave Joe his start at Timely Comics back in 1950.
This wonderful book tracks Joe's entire career, from the Golden Age right through his most current work, which consists of literally thousands of issues including over two hundred issues of the Fantastic Four, over a hundred issues of Journey Into Mystery/Thor. The thing I found utterly amazing is that Sinnott inked Kirby's work on Fantastic Four for some seven years without ever even speaking to him. While their collaboration began in the early 60's, the two did not meet until a convention in 1972. That alone is testament to just how much Jack trusted Joe to handle his pencils. Such is the reverence that so many other artists also have for Sinnott. Esteemed pros such as John Byrne, Neal Adams, George Perez, Ron Frenz, Roy Thomas, Barry Windsor Smith, and Roger Stern all take turns paying tribute to Sinnott. The book is also filled with vintage photos of Joe going back to the 40's. There's great pics of Joe with legends such as Burne Hogarth, John Romita Sr., and, of course, Jack Kirby. But we also get a lot of photos of Joe along with his family, and Joe was a dedicated family man.
While Joe is known primarily as an inker, the book includes hundreds of examples of his artwork to show that he was just as accomplished as a penciller as he was an inker. These include a look at some very rare work from Joe's earliest days doing romance comics for St. John's Publishing as well as the war comics he did for Timely/Atlas in the 1950's. Joe is still going strong today working on the Spiderman newspaper strip with Stan Lee. For collectors, the book includes a checklist of all of Sinnott's work not only for Marvel, but for other comic publishers and advertising work as well. This is a marvelous tribute to a true legend in comics.
Reviewed by Tim Janson