Original Art Stories: Don Heck - In His Own Words
I remember I did a couple of jobs for John Romita one time, when he was doing those romance books for DC at a time when I was at Marvel-- there was no conflict of interest at the time--and I did some roughs, and he tightened them up and inked them. He must have been behind or something. Anyway, you couldn't tell that that work wasn't all his. I thought I was sub-merged. John Romita submerges everybody, because he has that complete kind of a style. That's okay. As long as the guy inking over you is a really good artist himself, there's no complaint from me. When I was doing The Avengers, I had several really good people inking my work. I had Romita, I had Wally Wood. Then around issue 30 or something, I got Frank Giacoia, who is a fantastic inker. He knows anatomy so well, that if you don't have yours up to par, he just slaps it in automatically. That's why some people say, “He’s slower, but he's putting more into it”. You can't just whip this stuff out all the time. If you're going to make it look good, you've got to put some time into it.