Happy Birthday, John Romita!
During the early 1970s, Romita was Marvel's main cover artist, and was its de facto artistic director. He was in charge of designing most of Marvel's Bronze Age characters, including new uniforms for The Sub-Mariner and The Falcon. John Romita's birthday is January 24, 1930. He'll be 83 years old.
Happy Birthday, Marshall Rogers!
Marshall Rogers broke into comics in the late 1970s, drawing back-up series in titles such as DETECTIVE COMICS. This is where he caught the attention of DETECIVE COMICS editor Julius Schwartz, who knew a winner when he saw one. Rogers was given the lead art assignment, Batman, at the same time that Steve Englehart was coming over to script The Caped Crusader. Together they crafted one of the definitive Batman series, compared in the same breath as such stellar work as that of Gardner Fox-Carmine Infantino and Denny O'Neil-Neal Adams.
While at DC Marshall Rogers also worked on Jack Kirby's MISTER MIRACLE. After this success Rogers moved to Marvel, where he stayed for several years, drawing such varied titles as DOCTOR STRANGE and SILVER SURFER, among other one-shots and specials. Eventually Rogers moved back and forth between DC and Marvel freely, also working for independent publishers such as ECLIPSE.
In 2006 Marshall Rogers re-teamed with Steve Englehart for another Batman story, DARK DETECTIVE.
Unfortunately, Marshall Rogers passed away on March 24, 2007. He was 57 years young. January 22 would be his 63rd birthday.