Long-time Marvel creator Joe Sinnott has formally retired after 69 years in the comic book industry. The news was announced on Facebook by his son, Mark Sinnott, coinciding with the inker's last Sunday Amazing Spider-Man strip.
"My dad, Joltin' Joe wants to thank all the fans for their support of the Spidey strip through the years. Now at 92, and working for Marvel for 69 years, Joe can finally say that he is 'officially' retired! What a great run, dad," Mark Sinnott wrote on Facebook.
Sinnott had worked on the Amazing Spider-Man strip for 27 years, following his first 'retirement' from as a full-time contracted Marvel artist in 1992.
"We need to thank the following creators for their work on the Spidey strip during Joe's incredible 27-year run on the strip: Stan Lee and Roy Thomas, who made this all possible. Letterers Stan Sakai and Janice Chiang, Pencilers Larry Lieber, Ron Frenz, Paul Ryan, Sal Buscema, Fred Kida, and for the past 22 years Alex Saviuk," Mark Sinnott wrote. "Also a huge thanks to the inkers that "filled in" for Joe from time to time: Jim Amash, Terry Austin, Bob Wiacek, Mark Sinnott, Belinda Sinnott, Tim Estiloz and Jim Tournas. Thanks for making Spidey look good all these years Dad."
Sinnott rose to fame as Jack Kirby's inker on Fantastic Four, and went on to be one of Marvel's longest-running artists.
The 92-year-old artist plans to continue making convention appearances, including May's Undiscovered Realm Comic Con (White Plains, New York) and East Coast Comic Con (Secaucus, New Jersey).