Denys Cowan

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Denys Cowan
Born Denys Cowan
(1960-01-30) January 30, 1960 (age 54)[1]
Nationality American
Area(s) Penciller, Inker

Denys B. Cowan (born January 30, 1960)[1] is an American comic book artist and television producer.

Career[edit]

Denys Cowan is a graduate of the High School of Art and Design in New York City.[2] His first published comics work was a three-page story in Weird War Tales #93 (Nov. 1980) for DC Comics.[3] He gained prominence as the primary artist on The Question, a comic book series written by Dennis O'Neil and published by DC beginning in February 1987.[4] His other comics credits include the Batman story arc Blind Justice in Detective Comics #598-600 (March–May 1989) with writer Sam Hamm,[5][6] which introduced the character Henri Ducard later revised as a character for the movie Batman Begins. Cowan was the penciller on the latter half of the 1990 Deathlok miniseries, published by Marvel Comics, which was written by Dwayne McDuffie and Gregory Wright as well as on the subsequent regular title of the same name.

In 1993, Cowan was one of the founders of Milestone Media,[7] and later worked as a producer on the animated series Static Shock, based on the Milestone character.[8] He has been a producer of the television series The Boondocks and executive producer of the planned animated Black Panther series. He later became senior vice president of animation for Black Entertainment Television (BET). Cowan drew the cover art of the GZA/Genius of the Wu-Tang Clan's platinum selling hip-hop album Liquid Swords.[9]

Awards[edit]

Cowan and inker Rick Magyar were nominated for an Eisner Award as "Best Art Team" in both 1988[10] and 1989[11] for their work on The Question.

Bibliography[edit]

An example of Cowan's artwork: The Question #34 (January 1990); DC Comics.

Regular penciller[edit]

  • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #49-51 (Marvel Comics, December 1980-February 1981) - (White Tiger backup)
  • Superman #357-358 (DC Comics, March 1981-April 1981) - (Superman 2020 backup)
  • The Flash #297-299 (DC Comics, May 1981-July 1981) - (Firestorm backup)
  • The Flash #301-302 (DC Comics, September 1981-October 1981) - (Firestorm backup)
  • Power Man and Iron Fist #80-84 (Marvel Comics, April 1982-August 1982)
  • Power Man and Iron Fist #86-90 (Marvel Comics, October 1982-February 1983)
  • Power Man and Iron Fist #92-93 (Marvel Comics, April 1983-May 1983)
  • The Vigilante #24-26 (DC Comics, December 1985-February 1986) - (backup)
  • Teen Titans Spotlight #1-2 (DC Comics, August 1986-September 1986) - (Starfire story)
  • The Question #1-19 (DC Comics, February 1987-August 1988)
  • The Question #21-36 (DC Comics, November 1988-April 1990)
  • The Question Annual #1-2 (DC Comics, 1987–1988)
  • Doctor Zero #1-4 (Marvel Comics [Epic], April 1988-October 1988)
  • Black Panther vol. 2 #1-4 (Marvel Comics, July 1988-October 1988) - (limited series)
  • Detective Comics #598-600 (DC Comics, March 1989-May 1989)
  • The Question Quarterly #1-5 (DC Comics, Autumn 1990-Spring 1992)
  • Deathlok #3-4 (Marvel Comics, September 1990-October 1990) - (limited series)
  • Green Arrow #39 (DC Comics, November 1990)
  • Green Arrow #41-43 (DC Comics, December 1990-February 1991)
  • Nightcat #1 (Marvel Comics, April 1991) - (one-shot)
  • Green Arrow #46-48 (DC Comics, May 1991-June 1991)
  • Prince: Alter Ego (DC Comics [Piranha Music], 1991) - (one-shot)
  • Deathlok vol. 2 #1-7 (Marvel Comics, July 1991-January 1992)
  • Deathlok vol. 2 #9-13 (Marvel Comics, March 1992-July 1992)
  • Deathlok vol. 2 #15 (Marvel Comics, September 1992)
  • Deathlok Annual #1 (Marvel Comics, 1992) - (pencils and inks)
  • Moon Knight: Divided We Fall (Marvel Comics, 1992) - (one-shot)
  • Lobo: Blazing Chain of Love #1 (DC Comics, September 1992)
  • Hardware #1-7 (DC Comics [Milestone], April 1993-September 1993)
  • Hardware #11 (DC Comics [Milestone], January 1994)
  • Hardware #13 (DC Comics [Milestone], March 1994)
  • Hardware #16-18 (DC Comics [Milestone], June 1994-August 1994)
  • Xombi #0 (DC Comics [Milestone], January 1994)
  • Frank #1-2 (Harvey Comics, March 1994-May 1994) - (mini-series)
  • Frank #4 (Harvey Comics, July 1994) - (mini-series)
  • Long Hot Summer #1-3 (DC Comics [Milestone], July 1995-September 1995) - (mini-series)
  • Batman: The Ultimate Evil #1-2 (DC Comics, December 1995-December 1995)
  • Total Justice #1-3 (DC Comics, October 1996-November 1996) - (mini-series)
  • Steel #34-52 (DC Comics, January 1997-July 1998)
  • "Waking Nightmare!" All-Star Comics 80-Page Giant #1 (DC Comics, September 1998) - (Justice Society of America story)
  • Fight for Tomorrow #1-6 (DC Comics [Vertigo], November 2002-April 2003)

Fill-in penciller[edit]

  • "Ultimate Weapon." Weird War Tales #93 (DC Comics, November 1980)
  • "Diplomatic Immunity." Mystery in Space #115 (DC Comics, January 1981)
  • "Batman's Rogues Gallery." The Best of DC #14 (DC Comics, July 1981)
  • "The Idol of Millions." House of Mystery #297 (DC Comics, October 1981)
  • "Bushido." Unknown Soldier #256 (DC Comics, October 1981)
  • "The Worship of False Idols." Moon Knight #17 (Marvel Comics, March 1982) - (Marc Spector backup)
  • Flash Force 2000 (DC Comics, November 1984) - (insert in various comic books)[12]
  • Marvel Age #20 (Marvel Comics, November 1984)
  • "Final Transactions, Part 3: Threats and Promises.Sabre #12 (Eclipse Comics, January 1985) - (Crimson Dawn backup)
  • Vigilante Annual #1 (DC Comics, 1985)
  • The Vigilante #19 (DC Comics, July 1985)
  • Heroes Against Hunger #1 (DC Comics, January 1986) - (2 pages)
  • DC Comics Presents #90 (DC Comics, February 1986)
  • The Vigilante #27 (DC Comics, March 1986)
  • 'Mazing Man #5 (DC Comics, May 1986) - (3 pages)
  • Batman Annual #10 (DC Comics, 1986)
  • DC Challenge #12 (DC Comics, October 1986) - (4 pages)
  • V #17-18 (DC Comics, June 1986-July 1986)
  • The Vigilante #36 (DC Comics, December 1986)
  • Batman #403 (DC Comics, January 1987)
  • Electric Warrior #9 (DC Comics, January 1987) - (backup)
  • Marvel Age Annual #4 (Marvel Comics, January 1988)
  • Sable #5 (First Comics, July 1988)
  • Iron Man #241 (Marvel Comics, April 1989)
  • The Shadow Strikes #3 (DC Comics, November 1989)
  • Cliver Barker's Hellraiser #9 (Marvel Comics [Epic], 1991)
  • Cliver Barker's Hellraiser #12 (Marvel Comics [Epic], 1992) - (pencils, inks, and colors)
  • "The Big Applesauce." Marvel Fanfare #60 (Marvel Comics, January 1992) - (Black Panther story)
  • Static #14 (DC Comics [Milestone], August 1994)
  • Hardware #25 (DC Comics [Milestone], March 1995)
  • Hardware #32 (DC Comics [Milestone], October 1995)
  • Blood Syndicate #32 (DC Comics [Milestone], November 1995)
  • Hardware #36 (DC Comics [Milestone], February 1996)
  • Superman: The Man of Steel #54 (DC Comics, March 1996)
  • Wolverine vol. 2 #123-124 (Marvel Comics, April 1998-May 1998)
  • "Outsiders." Rampaging Hulk vol. 2 #1 (Marvel Comics, August 1998)
  • Silver Surfer vol. 3 #143 (Marvel Comics, September 1998)
  • Silver Surfer vol. 3 #146 (Marvel Comics, November 1998)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ Bails, Jerry (2006). "Cowan, Denys". Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928-1999. Archived from the original on April 1, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ Denys Cowan at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 227. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "Formerly part of the Charlton Comics line, the Question carved his mysterious niche into the DC Universe with the help of writer Dennis O'Neil and artist Denys Cowan." 
  5. ^ Mangels, Andy (April 1989). "I Was a Teen-Age Comics Artist". Amazing Heroes (Fantagraphics Books) (163). Archived from the original on February 20, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ Greenberger, Robert; Manning, Matthew K. (2009). The Batman Vault: A Museum-in-a-Book with Rare Collectibles from the Batcave. Running Press. p. 41. ISBN 0-7624-3663-8. "In the pages of Detective Comics, Batman screenwriter Sam Hamm took advantage of that year's ongoing writers' strike to write a three-issue story entitled "Blind Justice", which culminated in that title's 600th issue." 
  7. ^ Daniels, Les (1995). DC Comics: Sixty Years of the World's Favorite Comic Book Heroes. Bulfinch. p. 232. ISBN 0821220764. "The Milestone principals include writer-editor Dwayne McDuffie, artist and creative director Denys Cowan and president Derek Dingle; a fourth partner, Michael Davis, quickly dropped out to run Motown Animation." 
  8. ^ "Denys Cowan". Lambiek Comiclopedia. May 9, 2008. Archived from the original on October 13, 2012. 
  9. ^ Weiss, Jeff (March 26, 2008). "GZA's Liquid Swords of Truth". LA Weekly. Archived from the original on April 8, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013. "the GZA tapped famed DC Comics artist Denys Cowan to hand-draw the album cover — cloaked ninjas in Wu insignias slaughtering people across a chessboard — and Cowan directed and co-wrote each of the album’s four indelible videos." 
  10. ^ "1988 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees". HahnLibrary.net. Archived from the original on July 23, 2012. 
  11. ^ "1989 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees". HahnLibrary.net. Archived from the original on July 23, 2012. 
  12. ^ List of DC Comics containing the Flash Force 2000 insert at the Grand Comics Database

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Kerry Gammill
Power Man and Iron Fist penciller
1982–1983
Succeeded by
Ernie Chan
Preceded by
Dan Reed
(in 1981)
The Question penciller
1987–1992
Succeeded by
Rick Burchett
(in 1995)
Preceded by
n/a
Doctor Zero penciller
1988
Succeeded by
Dan Spiegle
Preceded by
Jerry Bingham
(in 1980)
Black Panther penciller
1988
Succeeded by
Gene Colan
(in 1989)
Preceded by
Eduardo Barreto
Detective Comics penciller
1989
Succeeded by
Norm Breyfogle
Preceded by
Jackson Guice
Deathlok penciller
1990–1992
Succeeded by
Walter McDaniel
Preceded by
n/a
Hardware penciller
1993–1994
Succeeded by
Humberto Ramos
Preceded by
Jim Aparo
Steel penciller
1997–1998
Succeeded by
n/a