In 1986, John Byrne was recruited from Marvel Comics to reinvent Superman for a brand-new audience. Along with inker Dick Giordano, Byrne reimagined the look of Superman, Lois Lane, Krypton and Lex Luthor.
The relationships between Superman and Lois, Superman and Batman, and Superman and Luthor were reexamined and tweaked for modern readers. Old villains such as Bizarro returned and new ones, such as Magpie, were introduced.
It was the dawn of a new age for the Man of Steel that erevamp Superman from the ground up, and since then he has gone on to draw and/or write every major character at both DC and Marvel.
A veteran of more than five decades in the comic-book field, Dick Giordano began his career as an artist for Charlton Comics in 1952 and became the company’s editor-in-chief in 1965, launching the short-lived but well-remembered Action Heroes line. In 1967 he moved to DC for a three-year stint as editor and became part of a creative team that helped to change the face of comic books in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Together with writer Dennis O’Neil and penciller Neal Adams, he helped to bring Batman back to his roots as a dark, brooding “creature of the night” and raise awareness of contemporary social issues through the adventures of Green Lantern and Green Arrow. The winner of numerous industry awards, Giordano later returned to DC and rose to the position of Vice President-Executive Editor before “retiring” in 1993 to once again pursue a full-time freelance career as a penciller and inker. He passed away on March 27, 2010.