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I learned this afternoon that longtime letterer Joe Rosen has recently died. I never met Joe, but admired his work. Joe was one of the three lettering workhorses at Marvel Comics in the early Stan Lee/Jack Kirby days, along with his brother Sam and Artie Simek, and he continued to letter at Marvel for many years. I remember him announcing his retirement in the early 1990s I think (but I haven’t found any confirmation of that). I liked him best as the letterer of many of Frank Miller’s DAREDEVIL stories such as the one above. The Grand Comics Database shows his earliest credit as letterer of DC’s MR. DISTRICT ATTORNEY in 1948, but the brief bio for him on Wikipedia says he started at Harvey, probably before that. So the 2000 stories indexed by GCD are likely not all he did. I appreciated his work, and thought it was smart of him to retire when he was ready and able, unlike some of his contemporaries who kept going until the end. Hope his final years were good, and may he rest in peace.