Sam Rosen (comics)

Sam Rosen (comics)

Sam Rosen, often credited as S. Rosen, is an American calligrapher best known as a letterer for Marvel Comics during the period fans and historians call the Silver Age of Comic Books. Along with letterer Artie Simek, Rosen lettered and helped design logos for virtually all Marvel Comics published during the 1960s.


Sam Rosen began his career as a comic book letterer in New York City in 1940, working on writer-artist Will Eisner's "The Spirit", the seven-page lead feature in a comic-book style Sunday supplement syndicated to newspapers. [ [ Grand Comics Database: "Police Comics" #13 (Nov. 1942)] , which reprinted the June 30, 1940 Spirit story.]

Credits for Rosen are hard to determine, as comic-book letterers did not begin to routinely receive published credit until the early 1960s. Beginning with his first confirmed Marvel Comics credit, the three-page recap "The Origin of the Hulk" in "The Incredible Hulk" #3 (Sept. 1962), Rosen became, with Artie Simek, one of Marvel's two primary letterers, hand-drawing the word balloons and sound effects for virtually every comic produced by the company, including such flagship titles as "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Fantastic Four".

His last known credited comics work to appear is the 20-page story "One Into Two Won't Go" in "Captain America" #156 (Dec. 1972).



* [ Grand Comics Database: Sam Rosen]

External links

* [ "The Voices of Marvel Comics 1965," Wikio: The News Your Way.] Audio recording featuring the voices of the Marvel Bullpen, including Rosen.

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