I just received word that Dick Giordano passed away. In the late 60's he started working at DC as an editor and brought a lot of new blood, new energy and new aesthetics to a stale, old publishing house. He redefined and elevated the role of "inker" in comics through the '70's and became an extremely popular Managing Editor at DC in the '80's.
I had a blast sitting next to him at a small Florida convention a couple of years ago and talking about pen points and inking technique. It was worth the long flight down there just for those few minutes. When he spoke to you, Dick always made you feel like you were the most important person in the world at that moment.
We're really going to miss him.