|Born||Brent Eric Anderson
June 15, 1955
San Jose, California
|Notable works||X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills
|Awards||Inkpot Award, 1985
Harvey Award, 1996, 1997
Eisner Award, 1996–1998
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), "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. 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".
In 1981, Ka-Zar The Savage, written by Bruce Jones, became Anderson's first regular series. The X-Men graphic novel God Loves, Man Kills followed, 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.
In 1995, Anderson co-created (with writer Kurt Busiek and cover artist Alex Ross), the award-winning Astro City. Anderson is currently the regular artist on Kurt Busiek's Astro City, having just completed Astro City: Silver Agent, a two-issue special for DC/Wildstorm.
Other recent 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. 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. A Phantom Stranger ongoing series written by Dan DiDio and drawn by Anderson will begin in September 2012.
Anderson's work fits into the category of "realism" defined by Neal Adams, one of Anderson's many artistic influences. 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."
- Inkpot Award, 1985
- Eisner Award
- Best New Series, 1996
- Best Single Issue, 1996, 1997, 1998
- Best Continuing Series, 1997, 1998
- Best Serial Story, 1998
- Harvey Award
- Best New Series, 1996
- Best Single Issue or Story, 1996
- Best Graphic Album, previously released work, 1997
- Squiddy Award (Best Creative Team), 1996
- Don Thompson Award
- Best Achievement by Penciler, 1996
- Favorite Single Creative Team (with Kurt Busiek), 1998
- Xanadu Award, 1998
- cover, Marvel Graphic Novel #5: X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills
- Miller, John Jackson. "Comics Industry Birthdays", Comics Buyer's Guide, June 10, 2005. Accessed April 12, 2009. WebCitation archive.
- "Comic Vine Interview with Brent Anderson," ComicVine (July 1, 2008).
- Anderson, Brent. Biography, Brent Anderson Art (August 7, 2007).
- Anderson entry, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999.
- Segura, Alex. "FIRST LOOK: GREEN LANTERN/PLASTIC MAN: WEAPONS OF MASS DECEPTION," DC Universe: The Source (September 16, 2010).
- 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."
|Strikeforce: Morituri artist