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Joe Rosen

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Joe Rosen December 25, 1920 – October 12, 2009 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, GI 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


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Tributes
  • 3 Notes
  • 4 References


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 By then he had established a prolific freelance career, including with Harvey Comics, where he was known as speedy, professional, and a "quiet fellow" Rosen lettered almost exclusively for Harvey throughout the rest of the 1950s

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 In the 1960s, while continuing to letter for DC and Harvey, 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

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 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


  • Kraft, David Anthony Comics Interview #7 Jan 1984
  • Joe Rosen at the Grand Comics Database
  • Joe Rosen at the Comic Book DB

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