|Born||18 June 1956|
JLA: The Nail
JLA: Another Nail
Alan Davis (born 1956) is an English writer and artist of comic books, known for his work on titles such as Captain Britain, The Uncanny X-Men, ClanDestine, Excalibur, JLA: The Nail and JLA: Another Nail.
Alan Davis was born on 18 June, 1956, and began his career in comics on an English fanzine. His first professional work was a strip called The Crusader in Frantic Magazine for Dez Skinn's revamped Marvel UK line.
Davis's big break was drawing the revamped Captain Britain story in The Mighty World of Marvel. As Davis never realised artists drew at a larger size than what was published, his art was drawn as the same size as it would be on publication.
Afterwards, Alan Moore took over writing duties on Captain Britain. Davis and Moore, as creators, formed a close working partnership, also creating D.R. and Quinch for 2000AD. Later, Davis replaced Garry Leach on Marvelman in Warrior and yet again worked with Moore. He also drew the story, Harry Twenty on the High Rock in 2000AD.
Davis later fell out with Moore over creative differences on Marvelman. The two also disagreed over whether their Captain Britain work should be reprinted by Marvel Comics in the United States.
He drew 14 issues of the monthly Captain Britain title which was later reprinted in trade paperback.
In 1985 Davis was hired by DC Comics to draw their Batman and the Outsiders title, written by Mike W. Barr. His work proved popular enough for him to be assigned artistic duties on DC's flagship title, Detective Comics, in 1986, again with Barr writing. During the Batman: Year Two storyline, however, Davis encountered difficulties with his editor and left after just the first chapter (his replacement was Todd McFarlane) during the storyline. In 1991, Davis returned reuniting with writer Barr to draw the sequel to Year Two, Batman: Full Circle.
In 1987 he jumped to Marvel Comics. Here he formed a new efficacious creative team with writer Chris Claremont and, after two New Mutants annuals and three popular episodes for Uncanny X-Men, the duo launched Excalibur, one of the most popular (and amusing) US comics of the 1980s. The team featured Captain Britain and Meggan together with former X-Men members Kitty Pryde, Nightcrawler and Rachel Summers. The stories, set in England, pivoted mainly on cross-dimensional capers (including several Lewis Carroll-ish stories featuring the Crazy Gang and the bizarre team called the Technet) based on Moore's Captain Britain stories of the early 1980s. Davis' artwork showed at its best on this series, thanks to effective inks provided by Paul Neary and, later, Mark Farmer.
Davis left with No. 24, but returned with issue No. 42, this time also as writer, showing a passion for creating new, pleasant characters of his own, which included Feron, Cerise, Micromax and Kylun. Davis confirmed this in creating a complete new series of characters maintaining some of the English-mythology related Excalibur themes, the ClanDestine team of 1994. Created for Marvel UK and written and drawn by Davis, it ended with N°12 (last four numbers not by Davis) but was briefly revamped by Davis for a cross-over with X-Men.
During much of the 1990s Davis drew many of Marvel and DC Comics major characters and titles including JLA: The Nail, The Avengers and Killraven. He was also commissioned to write both main X-Men series in 1999 (providing art for X-Men as well), but he left the following year.
Starting in October 2002 he wrote and drew for Marvel a six-issues miniseries revamping a famous comics character of the 1970s, Killraven. After a return to Uncanny X-Men, working again with Claremont, Davis wrote and drew in 2006–2007 a six-issue Fantastic Four: The End limited series for Marvel Comics, not to be confused with a similar one-shot written by Stan Lee and drawn by John Romita Jr. In February 2008, Davis wrote and pencilled a five-part ClanDestine miniseries and the one-shot Thor: Truth of History for Marvel.
- Batman: Full Circle, graphic novel (1991)
- Batman: Gotham Knights (Batman Black and White) No. 25 (2002)
- Batman and the Outsiders (then, Adventures of the Outsiders) #22–36 (1985–86)
- Detective Comics #569–575 (1986–87)
- JLA: The Nail, miniseries, #1–3 (writer/artist, 1998)
- JLA: Another Nail, miniseries, #1–3 (writer/artist, 2004)
- Legion of Superheroes, vol. 4, No. 100, Annual No. 6 (1998)
- Superboy's Legion, miniseries, #1–2 (2001)
- Astonishing X-Men: Ghost Boxes, miniseries, No. 1 (2008)
- Avengers, vol. 3, #38–43, 63 (2001–03)
- Avengers Prime, miniseries, #1–5 (2010–11)
- Avengers: The Children's Crusade: Young Avengers (2011)
- Captain America, vol. 6, #6–10 (2012)
- ClanDestine #1–8 (writer/artist, 1994–95)
- ClanDestine, miniseries, #1–5 (2008)
- Daredevil, vol. 3, Annual No. 1 (2012)
- Dark Reign The List: Uncanny X-Men (2009)
- Excalibur #1–7, 9, 12–17, 23–24, 42–52, 54–58, 61–67 (1988–93), Special Edition (1987)
- Fantastic Four Annual No. 33 (2012)
- Fantastic Four: The End, miniseries, #1–6 (writer/artist, 2007)
- Fantastic Four, vol. 3, #1–3 (1998)
- Iron Man, vol. 3, No. 64 (2003)
- Killraven, miniseries, #1–6 (writer/artist, 2002)
- Marvel Comics Presents (ClanDestine) No. 158 (1994)
- Marvel Super-Heroes (Black Knight) No. 4 (1990)
- New Mutants Annual #2–3 (1986–87)
- Solo Avengers (She-Hulk) No. 14 (1989)
- Spider-Man The Official Movie Adaptation (2002)
- Stan Lee Meets Doctor Strange (2006)
- Thor, vol. 2, No. 58 (2003)
- Mighty Thor #18–21 (2012)
- Thor: Truth of History, one-shot (writer/artist, 2008)
- Uncanny X-Men (artist): No. 213, 215, 444–447, 450–451, 455–459, 462–463, Annual No. 11 (1987–2004); (writer): #366–380, Annual 1999 (1999–2000)
- Wolverine: Bloodlust, graphic novel (1990)
- Wolverine, vol. 5, #1–4, 8–13 (2013–2014)
- X-Men, vol. 2, (artist): #85–90,93–94,96–98, Annual #9; (writer): #91–92, 95, 99 (1999–2000)
- X-Men: Schism, miniseries, #4 (2011)
- X-Men/ClanDestine, miniseries, #1–2 (1996)
- Young Avengers Presents No. 6 (2008)
- Captain Britain, vol. 2, #1–14 (1985–86)
- The Daredevils (Captain Britain) #1–11 (1983)
- Marvel Superheroes (Captain Britain) #377–388 (1981–82)
- Mighty World of Marvel, vol. 2, (Captain Britain) #7–16 (1983–84)
- 2000 AD (Harry Twenty on the High Rock) #287–307; (D.R. and Quinch) No. 317, 350–351, 352–359, 363–367, 509; #525–534 (also co-writer); Judge Dredd #585; No. 322 (1983) (IPC Magazines, 1982–88)
- 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special (IPC Magazines, 1985)
- Gen13 Bootleg #1–2 (Image, 1996)
- Miracle Man #1–6 (Eclipse, 1985–86)
- Vampirella No. 19 (Harris, 2003)
- Warrior (Marvelman) No. 4, 9–10, 13–16 (Quality, 1982–83)
- Avengers Prime, Marvel Comics, 128 pages, hardcover, April 2011, ISBN 0-78514-725-X; trade paperback, October 2011, ISBN 0-78514-726-8
- Avengers: Standoff, includes Avengers (vol. 3) #63, Thor (vol. 2) #58, and Iron Man (vol. 3) #64, hardcover, 120 pages, Marvel Comics, March 2010, ISBN 0-78514-467-6
- Captain Britain Omnibus, collects Marvel Super-Heroes (UK) #377–388, The Daredevils (UK) #1–11, Captain America #305–306, Mighty World of Marvel (UK) #7–16, Captain Britain (UK) #1–14, New Mutants Annual #2, Uncanny X-Men Annual #11, hardcover, August 2009, 688 pages, ISBN 0-7851-3760-2
- Clandestine Classic Premiere, collects ClanDestine #1–8, Marvel Comics Presents #158 and X-Men & ClanDestine #1–2, hardcover, Marvel Comics, 312 pages, February 2008, ISBN 0-7851-2742-9
- ClanDestine: Blood Relative Premiere, hardcover, Marvel Comics, 120 pages, October 2008, ISBN 0-7851-2740-2
- The Complete D.R. & Quinch, trade paperback, 128 pages, 2000 AD, 2010, ISBN 1-90673-588-3
- Excalibur Classic, trade paperback, Marvel Comics, 2005–2007, Volumes 1–4, including Excalibur: The Sword Is Drawn and Excalibur issues drawn by Davis from #1–24. (Vol. 1: ISBN 0-7851-1888-8; Vol. 2: ISBN 0-7851-2201-X; Vol. 3: ISBN 0-7851-2202-8; Vol. 4: ISBN 0-7851-2203-6)
- Excalibur Visionaries: Alan Davis, trade paperback, Marvel Comics, 2009–2011, Volumes 1–3, including Excalibur issues drawn by Davis from #42–67. (Vol. 1: ISBN 0-7851-3740-8; Vol. 2: ISBN 0-7851-4455-2; Vol. 3: ISBN 0-7851-5543-0)
- JLA: The Nail, tpb, 1999, DC, ISBN 1-56389-480-7, Titan, ISBN 1-84023-064-9
- JLA: Another Nail, tpb, 2004, DC, ISBN 1-40120-265-9
- Harry 20: On the High Rock, tpb, 2010, 2000 AD, ISBN 1-90673-591-3
- Killraven, hardcover, June 2007, ISBN 0-7851-2538-8; softcover, December 2008, ISBN 0-7851-1083-6
- The Fred Hembeck Show #72: THe Mark Gruenwald Show. Accessed 20 March 2008
- "Alan Davis on Thor: Truth of History". Newsarama. 29 August 2008
- Alan Davis at the Grand Comics Database
- Alan Davis at the Big Comic Book DataBase
- Alan Davis at Lambiek's Comiclopedia
- Alan Davis at Barney
- Alan Davis at Marvel.com
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