Brent Anderson

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Brent Anderson
Born Brent Eric Anderson[1]
(1955-06-15) June 15, 1955 (age 59)
San Jose, California
Nationality American
Area(s) Penciller, Artist
Notable works
X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills
Astro City
Awards Inkpot Award, 1985
Harvey Award, 1996, 1997
Eisner Award, 1996–1998

http://www.BrentAndersonArt.com

Brent Anderson (born June 15, 1955,[2] in San Jose, California) is an American comic book artist known for his work on X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills and the comic book series Astro City.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

In junior high school, Brent Anderson discovered the pantheon of characters in Marvel Comics. The first Marvel comic he read was Fantastic Four #69, "By Ben Betrayed" (Dec. 1967),[3] "They were a family who had super-powers and helped each other out. I wanted to be part of a family like that," he says.[4] Anderson began writing and drawing his own comics on school binder paper, creating a pantheon of his own that included "Radium the Robot" and "The Chameleon".[4] After doing fanzine illustrations, Anderson's first professional comics work appeared in the mid-1970s in independent/underground publications such as All-Slug, Tesserae, and Venture.[5]

Comics professional[edit]

In 1981, Ka-Zar The Savage, written by Bruce Jones, became Anderson's first regular series.[6] The X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills graphic novel followed,[7] as well as artwork on a number of Marvel Comics series, including the heroic space-opera Strikeforce: Morituri. During this period, Anderson was active doing artwork for independent publishers Pacific Comics and Eclipse Comics, including the innovative cinematic comic Somerset Holmes.[6]

In 1995, Anderson co-created (with writer Kurt Busiek and cover artist Alex Ross), the award-winning Astro City. Other work included J. Michael Straczynski's Rising Stars: Untouchable spin-off series written by Fiona Avery covering the life story of special assassin Laurel Darkhaven.[6] Work continues on a 200-plus page graphic novel, Jar of Ashes, written by Shirley Johnston. Anderson worked with writer Marv Wolfman on a one-shot featuring Green Lantern and Plastic Man entitled Green Lantern/Plastic Man: Weapons of Mass Deception, released in December 2010.[8] A Phantom Stranger ongoing series written by Dan DiDio and drawn by Anderson began in September 2012.[9] In June 2013, Busiek and Anderson relaunched their Astro City series as part of DC's Vertigo line.[10][11]

Art style[edit]

Anderson's work fits into the category of "realism" defined by Neal Adams, one of Anderson's many artistic influences.[3] Anderson's work is known for its focus on character. "My greatest joy in drawing comics comes when I've added nuance to a character with just the right expression and illustrated a scene that captures the perfect moment of mood. When the characters come to life I feel alive. That's why I've dedicated my professional life to creating comics."[4]

Awards[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Vertigo[edit]

Wildstorm[edit]

  • Astro City:
    • Astro City: A Visitor’s Guide #1 (2004)
    • Astro City: Local Heroes #1–5 (2003–2004)
    • Astro City: The Dark Age Book One #1–4 (2005)
    • Astro City: The Dark Age Book Two #1–4 (2007)
    • Astro City: The Dark Age Book Three #1–4 (2009)
    • Astro City: The Dark Age Book Four #1–4 (2010)
    • Astro City: Supersonic
    • Astro City: Samaritan (2006)
    • Astro City: Beautie #1 (2008)
    • Astro City: Astra #1–2 (2009)
    • Astro City: Silver Agent #1–2 (2010)
    • Astro City/Arrowsmith #1 (2004)
    • Astro City Special #1 (2004)

Eclipse Comics[edit]

Image Comics[edit]

  • Kurt Busiek's Astro City #1–6 (1995–1996)
  • Kurt Busiek's Astro City vol. 2 #1/2, #1–15 (1996–1998)

Marvel Comics[edit]

Now Comics[edit]

Pacific Comics[edit]

  • Somerset Holmes #1-4 (1983-1984)

Slave Labor Graphics[edit]

  • Spin World #1-4 (1997-1998)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Per the cover of Marvel Graphic Novel #5: X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills (1982)
  2. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Guerrero, Tony (July 1, 2008). "Comic Vine Interview with Brent Anderson". Comic Vine. Archived from the original on December 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Anderson, Brent (n.d.). "Bio". Brentandersonart.com. Archived from the original on June 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Bails, Jerry (2006). "Anderson, Brent". Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928-1999. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c Brent Anderson at the Grand Comics Database
  7. ^ "Brent Anderson". Lambiek Comiclopedia. August 14, 2009. Archived from the original on May 26, 2013. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  8. ^ Segura, Alex (September 16, 2010). "First Look: Green Lantern/Plastic Man: Weapons of Mass Deception". DC Comics. Archived from the original on December 29, 2013. 
  9. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (June 8, 2012). "DC Adds Four to New 52, Including DiDio's Phantom Stranger". Newsarama. Archived from the original on June 10, 2012. Retrieved June 10, 2012. "Written by [Dan] DiDio with art by Brent Anderson, The Phantom Stranger will spin out of the character's recent appearances in Justice League and DC's Free Comic Book Day story." 
  10. ^ Ching, Albert (April 1, 2013). "Astro City Moves to Vertigo with New Series in June". Newsarama. Archived from the original on June 26, 2013. 
  11. ^ Truitt, Brian (June 3, 2013). "Busiek takes fans on another trip through Astro City". USA Today. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 

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Preceded by
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Ka-Zar the Savage artist
1981–1982
Succeeded by
Ron Frenz
Preceded by
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Strikeforce: Morituri artist
1986–1988
Succeeded by
Huw Thomas
Preceded by
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Phantom Stranger vol. 4 artist
2012–2013
Succeeded by
Gene Ha