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Dick Giordano is an American comic book artist and editor. Giordano is probably best-known as an inker, particularly over the pencils of Neal Adams, on an influential late 1960s/early 1970s run at DC Comics that redefined the characters of Batman, Green Lantern and Green Arrow, although he has also pencilled. He is also known as a mentor to an entire line of inkers, including Terry Austin, Klaus Janson, Bob Layton, Steve Mitchell and Mike DeCarlo .
He has been equally as influential as an editor, first making his mark at Charlton Comics in the mid 1960s with such characters as Blue Beetle, The Question and Captain Atom. In 1969 he was hired by DC's then-publisher Carmine Infantino . While none of his titles (such as Bat Lash and Deadman) was a commercial hit, they were critical successes, but by the early 1970s Giordano had left DC, helping to set up Adams' Continuity Studios (which produced comics and commercial art).
In the late 1970s Giordano was lured back to DC by its new publisher, Jenette Kahn . Initially the editor of the Batman titles, Giordano was named the company's new managing editor in 1981. With Kahn and Paul Levitz, Giordano was an integral part of the DC "new look" that spawned successful relaunches of its major characters (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, the Justice League, Teen Titans et al) as well as the Vertigo universe (under editor Karen Berger) and the influx of UK talent such as Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman. Giordano also continued to ink, such as over George Perez's pencils on the 1986 crossover Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Giordano went into semi-retirement in the early 1990s, although he does the occasional inking job, and in 2002 was part of the launch of Future Comics (with writer David Michelinie and artist Bob Layton).
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