I remember talking to him on the phone when we were collaborating on that story and he was working so hard to get those pages the way he wanted them: drawing and redrawing, worrying over the art. He could have just knocked them out and they would have looked beautiful; but, even after decades in the business, John wouldn't settle. And the result was pretty damn brilliant.
I also remember being at a Spider-Man writer's conference in the 90s when Romita, Sr joined us for the day—and he kept throwing one fantastic idea after another on the table. The man's not just a consummate artist: He's a consummate storyteller.
Here's a taste of the "The Kiss," which tells the tale of the last night Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy spent together, before her tragic death…
Happy Birthday, John! Here's to many more!