Quitely at the New York Comic Convention, October 14, 2011.
|Notable works||Flex Mentallo
|Awards||Eisner Award, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Harvey Award, 2007, 2008, 2009
Vincent Deighan (born 1968), better known by the pen name Frank Quitely, is a Scottish comic book artist. He is best known for his frequent collaborations with Grant Morrison on titles such as New X-Men, We3, All-Star Superman, and Batman and Robin, as well as his work with Mark Millar on The Authority and Jupiter's Legacy.
Quitely first worked upon the Scottish underground comics title Electric Soup in 1990. He wrote and drew The Greens, a parody of The Broons strip published by D.C. Thompson. It was in working on this book that he adopted the pseudonym of Frank Quitely (a spoonerism of "quite frankly"), as he did not want his family to know it was his work, worried that they may have found it upsetting.
Initially Electric Soup was only distributed locally in Glasgow, then it was picked up by John Brown Publishing for widespread national UK distribution. This brought Quitely's work to the attention of Judge Dredd Megazine editor David Bishop. He was given work on Shimura, written by Robbie Morrison, and Missionary Man, by Gordon Rennie, quickly rising to prominence and being voted among the fans' favourite five artists in an end-of-year survey. By 1994 he had started work in various stories in Paradox Press's series of The Big Book of graphic novels, as well as work for Dark Horse Presents for Dark Horse Comics.
His big break into American comics was Flex Mentallo, a Doom Patrol spin-off written by fellow Glaswegian Grant Morrison for DC Comics' Vertigo imprint, in 1996. Quitely's work proved very popular, and this launched him onto more work for Vertigo. Initially he was put to work on strips for anthology titles such as Weird War Tales, and drew three issues of Jamie Delano's 2020 Visions, as well as various covers for DC. He later drew his first full length graphic novel, Batman: The Scottish Connection, with writer Alan Grant (in which The Greens make a cameo appearance). Quitely and Grant also worked on a one-shot titled Lobo: The Hand-to-Hand Job (later retitled as It's a Man's World). Although Quitely did all the pencils, the story was not released, supposedly due to reported nakedness of Lobo for at least half the issue, as well as a scene involving sexual self-gratification by a league of asteroid miners.
2000 saw Quitely and Morrison collaborate again, on JLA: Earth 2. Once again, the graphic novel was met with a hugely positive critical response, and later that year Quitely took over from Bryan Hitch as artist on The Authority, with Mark Millar as writer. This run proved to be highly controversial, and Quitely's art suffered censorship by DC due mainly to the violent content of Millar's stories. In addition, the title was hampered by delays, due in part to Quitely's slow drawing speed and the time he took off to draw the final issue of Morrison's The Invisibles.
Since leaving New X-Men, Quitely has drawn the mini-series We3 in 2004, again in collaboration with Morrison. More than any other series in his career to date, this book was almost unanimously acclaimed by critics for its art and storytelling, and further cemented Quitely's reputation. He shared the 2005 Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team Eisner Award in a tie with artist John Cassaday for his work on the book. That same year, he and Morrison were also nominated for Best Limited Series for that book, and Quitely additionally was nominated for the Best Cover Artist Eisner for both We3 and Bite Club.
He wrote and drew new installments of The Greens for the Scottish underground comic Northern Lightz, and in 2005 Morrison and Quitely designed a series of tarot cards for Intensive Care, an album by popstar Robbie Williams.
In December 2004, Quitely signed to a two-year exclusive contract with DC Comics, where he illustrated All-Star Superman. The twelve issue series, yet another collaboration with Morrison, began publication in November 2005, and once again attracted near-unanimous praise. Quitely and Morrison's work on the series won them the Eisner Award for Best New Series in 2006, with Quitely collecting another nomination for Best Penciller/Inker. The series also won Best Continuing Series in 2007 and 2009.
In 2008 Quitely illustrated the cover for the debut issue of Scottish underground comic Wasted.
In early 2009, Frank Quitely collaborated with much acclaimed Scottish rock band The Phantom Band in designing artwork for a limited edition 7" single for their song "The Howling", which plays on Quitely's interest in occultism and esoterica. This was released as a limited run collector's pressing by Glasgow's Chemikal Underground Records. That same year, Quitely again teamed with Morrison, illustrated the first three issues of Batman and Robin title, which debuted in June 2009 after the "Battle for the Cowl" storyline. He provided covers through issue #16.
On April 9, 2011 Quitely was one of 62 comics creators who appeared at the IGN stage at the Kapow! convention in London to set two Guinness World Records, the Fastest Production of a Comic Book, and Most Contributors to a Comic Book. With Guinness officials on hand to monitor their progress, writer Mark Millar began work at 9am scripting a 20-page black and white Superior comic book, with Quitely and the other artists appearing on stage throughout the day to work on the pencils, inks, and lettering, including Dave Gibbons, John Romita Jr., Jock, Adi Granov, Doug Braithwaite, Ian Churchill, Olivier Coipel, Duncan Fegredo, Simon Furman, David Lafuente, John McCrea, Sean Phillips and Liam Sharp, who all drew a panel each, with regular Superior artist Leinil Yu creating the book's front cover. The book was completed in 11 hours, 19 minutes, and 38 seconds, and was published through Icon on November 23, 2011, with all royalties being donated to Yorkhill Children's Foundation.
Quitely is the artist on Jupiter's Legacy, a 10 issue, creator-owned miniseries published by Image Comics beginning in September 2012. It is written by Mark Millar, who described the project as "his Star Wars", and a cross between Lord of the Rings and a large-scale superhero crossover, albeit one that will not require the in-depth knowledge normally required of such stories, as it will feature entirely new characters.
Quitely lives in Glasgow with his wife and three children. He used to design his own hats and clothing. As of 2004, his favorite hobby is cooking.
- The Greens (script and art, strip in Electric Soup, 1989–1992)
- Judge Dredd Megazine (Fleetway):
- Missionary Man (with Gordon Rennie):
- "Salvation at the Last Chance Saloon" (in vol. 2 #29, 1993)
- "A Town Called Intolerance" (in vol. 2 #30, 1993)
- "Bad Moon Rising" (in vol. 2 #50-55, 1994)
- Hondo City Law (with Robbie Morrison):
- "Shimura" (in vol. 2 #37-39, 1993)
- "Judge Inspector Inaba: Babes with Big Bazookas" (in vol. 3 #21, 1996)
- Missionary Man (with Gordon Rennie):
- The Big Book of... (Paradox Press):
- "The Choking Doberman" (with Robert Boyd, Jan Harold Brunvald and Robert Loren Fleming, in The Big Book of Urban Legends, 1994)
- "Salvador Dali" (with Carl Posey, in The Big Book of Weirdos, 1995)
- "A Visit with the Hanging Judge" (with Bronwyn Carlton, in The Big Book of Death, 1995)
- "The Physicist and the Flying Saucers" (with Doug Moench, in The Big Book of Conspiracies, 1995)
- "The Elephant Man" (with Gahan Wilson, in The Big Book of Freaks, 1996)
- "Ma Barker" (with George Francis Hagenauer, in The Big Book of Little Criminals, 1996)
- "Cottingley Fairy Photos" (with Paul M. Yellovich, in The Big Book of Hoaxes, 1996)
- "Pavel Navrotsky's Pig Pen" (with Paul Kirchner, in The Big Book of Losers, 1997)
- "St. Polycarp: The Cult of Saints" (with John Wagner, in The Big Book of Martyrs, 1997)
- Dark Horse Presents #91-93: "Blackheart" (with Robbie Morrison, Dark Horse, 1994–1995)
- Flex Mentallo #1-4 (with Grant Morrison, Vertigo, 1996)
- 2020 Visions #1-3 (with Jamie Delano, Vertigo, 1997)
- Weird War Tales #3: "New Toys" (with Grant Morrison, Vertigo, 1997)
- Gangland #1: "Your Special Day" (with Doselle Young, Vertigo, 1997)
- Batman: The Scottish Connection (with Alan Grant, one-shot, DC Comics, 1998)
- The Kingdom: Offspring (with Mark Waid, one-shot, DC Comics, 1998)
- Heartthrobs #2: "Romancing the Stone" (with Ilya, Vertigo, 1999)
- Flinch (Vertigo):
- Strange Adventures #1: "Immune" (with Robert Rodi, Vertigo, 1999)
- JLA: Earth 2 (with Grant Morrison, graphic novel, DC Comics, 2000)
- Transmetropolitan #31: "Nobody Loves Me" (with Warren Ellis, among other artists, Vertigo, 2000)
- The Authority #13-16, 19-20, 22 (with Mark Millar, Wildstorm, 2000–2001)
- The Invisibles v3 #1: "Glitterdammerung" (with Grant Morrison, Vertigo, 2000)
- New X-Men #114-116, 121-122, 126, 135-138 (with Grant Morrison, Marvel, 2001–2003)
- Captain America: Red, White & Blue: "They Just Fade Away" (with Jeff Jensen, graphic novel, Marvel, 2002)
- The Sandman: Endless Nights: "Chapter VII: Destiny" (with Neil Gaiman and various artists, graphic novel, Vertigo, 2003)
- 411 #1: "Tit-for-Tat" (with Mark Millar, Marvel, 2003)
- We3 #1-3 (with Grant Morrison, Vertigo, 2004–2005)
- All-Star Superman #1-12 (with Grant Morrison, DC Comics, 2005–2008)
- Batman and Robin #1-3: "Batman Reborn" (with Grant Morrison, DC Comics, 2009)
- Batman #700: "Today" (with Grant Morrison and Scott Kolins, DC Comics, 2009)
- DC Universe Legacies #8: "Snapshot: Revelation!" (with Len Wein, co-feature, DC Comics, 2011)
- Jupiter's Legacy #1-10 (with Mark Millar, Image, 2013-)
- Judge Dredd Megazine vol. 3 #19, 32 (Fleetway, 1996–1997)
- Negative Burn #38 (Caliber, 1996)
- JLA Gallery #1 (DC Comics, 1997)
- Transmetropolitan #4-6 (Vertigo, 1997–1998)
- The Foot Soldiers #3 (Image, 1998)
- Vamps: Pumpkin Time #1-3 (Vertigo, 1998–1999)
- Avengers Forever #4 (Marvel, 1999)
- The Authority #17-18, 21 (Wildstorm, 2000–2001)
- Gen-Active #5 (Wildstorm, 2001)
- New X-Men #117-120, 127, 132-133 (Marvel, 2001–2003)
- Wizard Ace Edition: Uncanny X-Men #94 (Marvel, 2002)
- X-Statix #4 (Marvel, 2003)
- Puffed #1 (Image, 2003)
- Youngblood: Bloodsport #1 (Arcade, 2003)
- Masters of the Universe #1 (MVCreations, 2004)
- Bite Club #1-6 (Vertigo, 2004)
- Books of Magick: Life During Wartime #1-5, 7, 9, 11 (Vertigo, 2004–2005)
- Wanted #6 (Top Cow, 2005)
- Jonah Hex #1 (DC Comics, 2006)
- American Virgin #1-3 (Vertigo, 2006)
- Bite Club: Vampire Crime Unit #1-2 (Vertigo, 2006)
- All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder #10 (DC Comics, 2008)
- Wasted #1 (Bad Press, 2008)
- Birds of Prey #125 (DC Comics, 2009)
- Madame Xanadu #6 (Vertigo, 2009)
- DCU Holiday Special '09 (DC Comics, 2009)
- Final Crisis: Secret Files (DC Comics, 2009)
- Wonder Woman v3 #27 (DC Comics, 2009)
- Olympus #2 (Image, 2009)
- Batman and Robin #4-16 (DC Comics, 2009–2010)
- Superman/Batman #75 (DC Comics, 2010)
- Judge Dredd Megazine #301 (Rebellion, 2010)
- Green Lantern v4 #60 (DC Comics, 2011)
- T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents v3 #1 (DC Comics, 2011)
- Teen Titans v3 #89 (DC Comics, 2011)
- The CBLDF Presents Liberty Annual '11 (Image, 2011)
- Channel Evil #3 (Renegade, 2012)
- Batman Incorporated v2 #1 (DC Comics, 2012)
- The Walking Dead #100 (Image, 2012)
- Django Unchained #5 (Vertigo, June 2013)
- Happy #4 Variant (Image, February 2013)
- 2005: Won "Best Penciller/Inker" Eisner Award for We3 (tied with John Cassaday)
- 2006: Won "Best New Series" Eisner Award for All-Star Superman with Grant Morrison
- 2008: Won "Best Artist" Harvey Award for All-Star Superman
Awards he has been nominated for:
- 2002: "Best Serialized Story" Eisner Award for New X-Men: E is for Extinction with Grant Morrison
- 2004: "Best Painter/Multimedia Artist" for The Sandman: Endless Nights: Destiny
- 2006: "Best Penciller/Inker" Eisner Award for All-Star Superman
- 2010: "Best Artist" Harvey Award for Batman and Robin
- Frank Quitely at Lambiek's Comiclopedia
- 2005 Eisner Awards
- 2006 Eisner Awards
- 2007 Eisner Awards
- 2009 Eisner Awards
- 2007 Harvey Awards
- 2008 Harvey Awards
- 2009 Harvey Awards
- Callahan, Tim (May 14, 2012). "The Aaron Kuder Interview, Part 1: Awesomeness is Contagious". Comic Book Resources.
- Morgan, Brian Damien (April 29, 2008). "Quite Frankly, Frank Quitely...". downthetubes.net.
- Dggle, Andy (1997). "SHE WILL BE THERE WHEN SHE'S NEEDED.". Fusion.
- Cowsill, Alan; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "2000s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 295. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "Writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely brought the Crime Syndicate of America back to DC continuity in JLA: Earth 2."
- "The Howling" by The Phantom Band (CHEM117)
- George, Richard (March 11, 2009). "Morrison discusses Batman & Robin". IGN.
- "Kapow! '11: Comic History Rewritten On The IGN Stage". IGN. April 14, 2011
- "Guinness World Records at Kapow! Comic Con". Guinness World Records. April 9, 2011
- Logan, Michael (June 4, 2012). "Exclusive First Look: The Walking Dead Comic Hits 100". TV Guide.
- Gray, Gary (January 12, 2012). "Millar/Quitely reveal Jupiter's Children.".
- We3: Inside back jacket flap (2004), Vertigo (DC Comics)
- Note: the final issue; the series' third and final volume was numbered in reverse order.
- 2001 Eisner Awards
- 2002 Eisner Awards
- 2004 Eisner Awards
- 2010 Harvey Awards
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- Frank Quitely at the Comic Book DB
- Frank Quitely Image Gallery at Comic Art Community
- Interview with Frank Quitely from Dangerous Ink
- Frank Quitely Profile Interview
- An Audio Interview with Frank Quitely by SiDEBAR (Part I)
- An Audio Interview with Frank Quitely by SiDEBAR (Part II)
- The Den Of Geek interview: Frank Quitely, Den of Geek, September 25, 2008
- TCJ 300 Conversations: Dave Gibbons & Frank Quitely, The Comics Journal, December 15, 2009