John Cassaday

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John Cassaday
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John Cassaday at Wizard World Texas. 2008.
Born John Mac Cassaday
(1971-12-14) December 14, 1971 (age 42)
Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Nationality American
Area(s) Penciller
Notable works
Astonishing X-Men
Captain America
Awards 2006 Eisner Award for Best Penciller/Inker

John Cassaday (born December 14, 1971)[1] is an American comic book artist and writer, born in Fort Worth, Texas and living in New York City.

A self-taught illustrator, Cassaday studied filmmaking and directed TV news before leaving Texas to pursue a career in comics.[2] His influences include NC Wyeth,[3] classic pulp magazine-culture iconography, and popular music.[4]


Cassaday's professional career commenced in 1995 with a story in Caliber Comics' Negative Burn. However, he was not really "discovered" until the following year, when he showed his portfolio to Mark Waid at San Diego Comic-Con International; soon after the convention, Cassaday began to receive job offers. In December 1996 he began to provide art for Dark Horse Comics's Ghost. Less than 12 months later, he became the main artist on Desperadoes. He started getting work with DC and Marvel at the end of 1997, on publications such as theTeen Titans and Flash annuals, X-Men/Alpha Flight, and Union Jack.

He is best known for his work on the critically acclaimed[5] Planetary with writer Warren Ellis, Astonishing X-Men with Joss Whedon and Captain America with John Ney Rieber. The Captain America series was a re-launch under the Marvel Knights banner. Cassaday based the covers on World War II propaganda posters; they were popular with fans and critics alike. He revisited Captain America in 2007, illustrating an issue of Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America, written by Jeph Loeb. He has also created several covers for comic books featuring The Phantom, both for US publisher Moonstone Books and the European Egmont, as well as covers for Joss Whedon's Firefly spinoff comic Serenity: Those Left Behind, and Guy Ritchie's Gamekeeper. Renowned as a perfectionist, Cassaday personally inks his own work manually, it is then often colored by Laura Martin.

From 2004 to 2008, Cassaday illustrated the graphic novel trilogy Je suis légion by Fabien Nury from Les Humanoïdes Associés. In July 2006, Humanoïdes announced a co-production deal with Pierre Spengler which includes a screen adaptation of the trilogy and Cassaday was penciled in to direct the film.[6] The three books were published in eight issues as I Am Legion by Devil's Due Publishing.[7] In 2008, he handled covers and art direction on Dynamite Entertainment's The Lone Ranger comic-book series.

At San Diego Comic-Con International (July 2009), it was announced by TV showrunner Joss Whedon that Cassaday would direct an episode in the second season of the series Dollhouse.[8]


Comics work (interior pencil art) includes:

Dark Horse[edit]


Cover art from Absolute Planetary



Books and compilations[edit]


  • 2000: Nominated for "Best Cover Artist" Eisner Award for Planetary
  • 2004:
    • Won Best Penciller/Inker Eisner Award for Planetary and stories in Hellboy: Weird Tales
    • Nominated Favourite Comics Artist: Pencils Eagle Award
  • 2005: Won Best Penciller/Inker Eisner Award for Astonishing X-Men, Planetary, and I Am Legion: The Dancing Faun in a tie with illustrator Frank Quitely
  • 2006:
    • Won Best Penciller/Inker Eisner Award for Astonishing X-Men and Planetary
    • Won Best Ongoing Series Eisner Award for Astonishing X-Men with Joss Whedon
    • Won Favourite Comics Artist: Pencils Eagle Award
  • 2007: Won Best Comic-Book Artist in the Spike TV Scream Awards
  • 2008: Nominated for "Best Cover Artist" Eisner Award for Astonishing X-Men and Lone Ranger.[9]
  • 2010: Nominated for "Best Cover Artist" Eisner Award for Irredeemable and Lone Ranger.[10]


  1. ^ Texas Births, 1926-1995, John David Cassaday
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  3. ^ Coville's Clubhouse - Aug. '02
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  5. ^ Kreiner, Rich (February 2004). "Firing Line:Planetary/Batman". The Comics Journal 1 (258): 50–51. ISSN 0194-7869. 
  6. ^ Masters, Charles (July 14, 2006). "Spengler back in swing with comic-book lineup". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 17, 2008. [dead link]
  7. ^ Phegley, Kiel (October 30, 2008). "Cassaday's I Am Legion Lands at Devil's Due". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved October 30, 2008. 
  8. ^ Furey, Emmett (July 28, 2009). "CCI: Joss Whedon on "Dollhouse"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved July 30, 2009. 
  9. ^ 2008 Eisner Award Nominees Named (press release), Newsarama, April 14, 2008
  10. ^ 2010 Comic-con,


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