Today November 28 is comic-book artist and writer Jerry Ordway's 55th birthday. Those of us who recognize his name know him as the artist on INFINITY INC, ALL-STAR SQUADRON, SUPERMAN, and POWER OF SHAZAM, to name just a few titles he has worked on during his long career. He is predominantly a DC man but also illustrated Marvel's THE AVENGERS a few years ago. His most recent work that I saw was his art on INFINITE CRISIS and JSA.
I first came across his art when he was doing ALL STAR SQUADRON back in the early 1980s. He took over from Rich Buckler and made the title his own. During that run he co-created with writer Roy Thomas several great characters such as Amazing Man and the Tarantula. He then moved over to the Justice Society-themed INFINITY INC for approximately a year, helping to co-create such mainstays in the DCU as Obsidian, Jade, and Northwind. He then spent nearly a decade working in the SUPERMAN universe of titles, after which he spend several years trying to build up a new SHAZAM/Captain Marvel title for DC. It was full of charm and probably the best modern version of the character we'll ever see.
Happy Birthday, Jerry Ordway!
Here's to many more to come!!