Sunday, October 24, 2010

Mike Esposito, 1927-2010 -- of Andru and Esposito Fame and More

Sad news. Mike Esposito--that rose by many other names(Mickey Demeo, Joe Gaudioso, Mickey Dee)--passed away this weekend. Probably best known as the inker half of the fabled Andru-Esposito team, Mike had a long career working for both DC and Marvel. Andru and Esposito's classic Wonder Woman even adorns a US postage stamp!

Thanks for the enjoyment you brought to countless fans over the years, Mike--you'll be missed.

An Andru-Esposito favorite of mine was the Kanigher-scripted series "Rose and the Thorn", the back-up feature in Lois Lane for a while starting in 1970. Esposito has said he and Ross Andru envisioned the Thorn as a cross between Wonder Woman and Black Canary.

And let's not forget that Esposito was John Buscema's inker on the epochal Avengers #60, the wedding of Janet Van Dyne and Hank Pym.

For more on Mike Esposito's life and career, check out the terrific book "Andru and Esposito: Partners for Life", by Esposito and Dan Best. If your local comic book store doesn't have it, head on over to ever-reliable Amazon.


Don Hudson said...

I met Mike many years ago at a Marvel event and he was really nice. All the old pros are passing away and he'll be missed.

Sharon said...

Hi Don, thanks for stopping by!

I never had the pleasure of meeting Mike Esposito but I from what I've read (and heard) he was a great guy. As you said, he'll be missed.

Don Hudson said...
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Don Hudson said...

Has it really been a year? More posts!

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