I’ve had artists email me and say “I’m an artist, I don’t understand all this technical stuff.” I was tempted to reply and say “You’re a commercial artist, not a fine artist, it’s your job to understand this technical stuff and if you can’t be bothered to learn then you should get out of the industry.
Three decades later, Romita imagined that he and his fellow artists might finally get a measure of respect when they were invited to an exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art that contrasted their original art with the paintings. Instead, the group was faced with a show entitled “High and Low” and speakers who looked down on the entire comic form. “They invited me there proudly, never knowing that I thought I was insulted,” Romita sighed. “I walked out of there right after dinner. I didn’t want to hear any more speeches. I was just so hurt by the whole thing.
This quote from John Wells’ recent American Comic Book Chronicles 1960-1964 describes John Romita’s continuing feelings many years after Lichtenstein’s paintings.