Joe Sinnott Has Passed Away at Age 93
Comic creator Joe Sinnott‘s family has announced the legendary artist passed away earlier today at the age of 93.
Sinnott worked primarily as an inker and is most known for a long stint on The Fantastic Four for Marvel working with Jack Kirby and more. Stan Lee called him Marvel’s “most in-demand inker.”
After serving in the Navy during World War II, Sinnott went to the Cartoonists and Illustrators School on the GI Bill.
His first professional job was the backup feature “Trudi” in Mopsy #12 by St. John Publications in 1950. From there he went on to work with Tom Gill as his assistant on Gill’s freelance comics work working on backgrounds and incidentals.
In 1951, he met with Stan Lee and began to work for Atlas Comics. It’s unknown his exact first story there but it might have been in Apache Kid #8 or Kent Black of the Secret Service #3. He’d go on to work on numerous titles for the publisher throughout the decade and was eventually laid off in the company’s implosion in the late 50s.
Before returning to Atlas, he did commercial art such as billboards and record covers and ghosted for DC Comics artists and more.
He would eventually return to Atlas and then Marvel working on titles such as Journey Into Mystery, The Fantastic Four, Strange Tales, Tales to Astonish, Captain America, and more.
He also spent time with Charlton, American Comics Group, and Dell Comics penciling and fully drawing comics.
Sinnott retired in 1992 from comics and instead focused on inking The Amazing Spider-Man Sunday strip which he did until March 2019 at the age of 92.
Winner of numerous Inkpot, Inkwell, and an Eisner Hall of Fame Award, he’s truly one of the greats and leaves a legacy that spans over 4 decades.