After 69 years in the comics industry, Joltin’ Joe Sinnott has officially retired…again.

He first retired 29 years ago but since that time has been inking the Amazing Spider-Man newspaper strip over Alex Saviuk’s pencils.

Joe Sinnott is considered by many to be one of the finest inkers ever to have graced the pages of Marvel Comics. He had been in the industry for years before gaining super-stardom inking Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four for approximately 60 issues and then was responsible for keeping a consistent “Worlds Greatest Comic Magazine” feel to the title, through numerous artists, including John Romita, John Buscema, Rich Buckler, George Perez, John Byrne and Bill Sienkiewicz, to name a few.

Whenever Joltin’ Joe inked a story he brought a clean and polished look to many an artist and also made those issues standouts in whatever book he was working on.

I remember off the top of my head the short run inking Gene Colan on Captain America right at the end of the Silver Age. Or from the same time period, inking Jim Steranko on Captain America and Nick Fury. Some of my favourite issues were when he inked Kirby in the FF but some fantastic collaborations were in the latter issues of Tales of Suspense over Kirby, and the back up Inhumans feature in The Mighty Thor.

I would be remiss not mentioning the great run on Thor he did with Ron Frenz handling the pencilling chores much later in his career!

He will be continuing to appear at conventions.

Just for the fun of it, what is your favorite Joe Sinnott cover or story that he inked?

One of my all time favourites is Silver Surfer #3 where we meet Mephisto for the first time!

Thanks Joe, for all the grace and beauty you brought to so many of my favorite comics. He was elected to the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2013.

Continued Happy Collecting!