Official Press Release
The Hero Initiative, the charitable organization dedicated to helping veteran comic creators in medical or financial need, has honored two of comics’ most beloved personalities with its 2012 awards. John Romita Jr. is the recipient of Hero Initiative’s Lifetime Achievement Award, while Joe Kubert was named the Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year.
Romita celebrates 35 years as an artist at Marvel Comics this year. His Marvel debut was in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #11 in 1977. His incredible body of work includes long and well-remembered runs on Iron Man, Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men and more. Romita is also the co-creator of Kick-Ass, published by Marvel’s Icon imprint.
Joe Kubert is the legendary artist known for his work on Sgt. Rock, Hawkman, and much more. He’s also the founder of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic art in Dover, N.J. Kubert passed away on August 12, 2012, but the three-person panel that determines the recipient of the Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award had already chosen Kubert as the recipient of the year’s award.
Romita Jr. joins his father, John Romita, as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. The senior Romita won the award in its inaugural year of 2006. “I had a feeling when John was only 13 years old back in 1969 and suggested the ‘Prowler’ character in Spider-Man that he might follow me into comics and art,” said John Romita. “He’s carried on the family name with a strong work ethic and commitment to excellence in his craft. I’m proud as only a father can be of what he’s accomplished.”
Joe Kubert won the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. He is the first man to win both Hero awards. “My Dad was an unusually gifted man in many senses,” said Adam Kubert, Joe’s son and a fellow comic artist. “He has touched the lives of many people both directly and through his work. It's an honor that he has received this award.”
Andy Kubert, another of Joe’s sons and yet another legacy as a fellow artist added, “For a man as talented as my father was, both in the arts and as a person, it is truly an honor for him to receive this award. It’s the first award given to him since his passing a short time ago. For myself, my family, and I’m sure for my father’s many fans, it’s impactful.”
The Awards are given out as part of the Harvey Awards ceremony at the Baltimore Comic-Con each year. Past winners of the awards are:
DICK GIORDANO HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD:
- 2011: Mike Gold
- 2010: Jerry Robinson, Tim Sale
HERO INITIATIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
- 2011: Stan Lee
- 2010: Walt Simonson
- 2009: Neal Adams
- 2008: Nick Cardy
- 2007: Joe Kubert
- 2006: George Pérez, John Romita
Art attached: 2012 Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award and Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award
About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.
Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.