Joe Rosen

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Joe Rosen
Born (1920-12-25)December 25, 1920
Died October 12, 2009(2009-10-12) (aged 88)
Nationality American
Area(s) Penciller, Letterer
Notable works
Superman and Spider-Man

Joe Rosen (December 25, 1920 – October 12, 2009)[1] was an American comic book artist, primarily known for his work as a letterer. Over the course of his career with Marvel Comics and DC Comics, Rosen lettered such titles as '"The Fantastic Four", "Captain America, Daredevil, Spider-Man, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, The Incredible Hulk, The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones, and X-Factor. He also lettered the DC/Marvel intercompany crossover book Superman and Spider-Man.


Rosen started his career in the production department of Fawcett Comics, where he worked from 1940–1943. He then joined DC Comics' production department, lettering at that publisher until the mid-1950s.[2] By then he had established a prolific freelance career, including with Harvey Comics, where he was known as speedy, professional, and a "quiet fellow."[3] Rosen lettered almost exclusively for Harvey throughout the rest of the 1950s.[2]

In the 1960s and early 1970s, Rosen created pencil artwork for the DC Comics romance title Girls' Love Stories. From 1969–1971 he also drew stories for DC's Secret Hearts.[2] In the 1960s, while continuing to letter for DC and Harvey,[2] Rosen also lettered for Marvel Comics, occasionally in 1968-69, and regularly from 1974 onward. Beginning in the 1980s, and throughout the rest of his career, Rosen worked almost exclusively for Marvel.[2]

In 1975 he began lettering Daredevil. Rosen would work on 127 issues of the comic over 16 years.

His brother was Sam Rosen, also a long-time Marvel Comics letterer.[2][4] Joe Rosen died October 12, 2009.


Tom Spurgeon, the Comics Reporter:

Rick Parker, long-time letterer:


  1. ^ a b Spurgeon, Tom. "Joe Rosen, 1920-2009," The Comics Reporter (October 15, 2009).
  2. ^ a b c d e f Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999.
  3. ^ Arnold, Mark (2006). "Paul Maringelli interview; July 1, 2004". The Best of The Harveyville Fun Times!. ISBN 1-84728-368-3. 
  4. ^ Klein, Todd. "Joe Rosen Passes," Todd's Blog: Todd Klein on Lettering, Life, Literature, and More (October 12, 2009).
  5. ^ Parker, Rick. Comment on "Joe Rosen Passes," Todd's Blog: Todd Klein on Lettering, Life, Literature, and More (October 12, 2009).