Friday, 16 October 2009

Joe Sinnott

Everybody's favourite inker, Joltin' Joe Sinnott, is 83 today. Just in case you didn't know, The Joltin' One has a fantastic website out there, chock full of tons of great artwork, and tons of great photos of Joe with, well, just about everybody. Including these guys.

We didn't get to see much of Joe's original work in The Bronze Age ( The Treasure Chest stuff would never've made it over to Britain ), so this Lovecraftian tale of terror, The Last Of Mr. Mordeaux, doesn't quite fit into our remit, as it's from 1952. But I have a get out clause, and it comes with a nice story. I read this Lee/Sinnott tale in one of those '70's reprint horror titles like Dead Of Night or Tower Of Shadows, y'know, one of those books you never bought, unless it had a Kirby or a Kane cover.
Anyway, also on Joe's website is a list of various comics that he doesn't own, that he'd like. Issues with his work in them that he's lost over the years. Amazingly, this story was one of 'em, so I sent my raggedy old copy off to Ol' Jolt' and received a very nice thank you in reply. It's a small thing, but how often do you get to do something nice for one of your childhood heroes like that?


  1. What a cool story about sending him the comic. You're a gent. Joe is one of the best. Classic Sinnott on Kirby FF is as good as comics get. I've got a large format Kirby art-book with a black and white Kirby/Sinnott Silver Surfer on the back cover that is just the business

  2. Joe Sinnott is a complete gentleman and one of the nicest guys in the business. I've had the pleasure of meeting him at conventions and going to dinner with him and his family. He is still enthusiastic and truly loved inking Kirby's work. I told him that, as good as Frank Giacoia was, it was a disappointment when he didn't ink a few issues of the FF in the 90s, the Skrull storyline. He told me he really needed a vacation, and Stan gave it to him, but if he knew Kirby was leaving he would have wanted to ink the entire run.

    Talented not only as an inker but an artist as well, he is truly one of the best in the field.

    Nick Caputo

  3. Thank you so much for putting up these scans of old comics. I'm coming across so many I've never seen or heard of before, going through your archives.