Monday, November 28, 2022

Today in Comics History, November 28: Happy birthday, Jerry Ordway!

Born on this day: all-around comics Renaissance man Jerry Ordway: scripter, penciller, inker, and/or colorist for a whole she-bang of titles starting in the '80s: All-Star Squadron, Infinity Inc., The Power of Shazam! (co-creator), plus Zero Hour, JLA, Wonder Woman, Infinite Crisis, Tom Strong, Weird Worlds, Human Bomb, and much more, not to mention issues of The Avengers and Fantastic Four across the street at Marvel! Jerry also co-created characters like Bibbo Bibbowski, Doomsday, Firebrand II, Cat Grant, Professor Emil Hamilton, Atom Smasher, Jade, and Obsidian.

from All-Star Squadron #19 (DC, March 1983)

In addition, along with John Byrne, George Pérez and Marv Wolfman, Ordway was the fourth pillar of the architects of the Post-Crisis Superman. Superman personally thanked Jerry by inviting him to his wedding to Lois lane! Can you spot him?

from Superman: The Wedding Album one-shot (DC, December 1996), pencils by Dan Jurgens, inks by Jerry Ordway, colors by Glenn Whitmore, letters by Bill Oakley
Click top picture to honeymoon-size

A very happy birthday to you and many more, Jerry!

"Meanwhile" from DC Comics cover-dated February 1987, by Dick Giordano

1 comment:

Blam said...

I often find occasion to say that Jerry is not only among my all-around favorite artists but possibly my favorite inker on both George Pérez and John Byrne, star pencilers of my personal Silver Age of Comics, apart from the men themselves. Plus he’s a swell guy!