John Cassaday at Wizard World Texas. 2008.
|Born||John Mac Cassaday
December 14, 1971
Fort Worth, Texas, USA
|Awards||2006 Eisner Award for Best Penciller/Inker|
A self-taught illustrator, Cassaday studied filmmaking and directed TV news before leaving Texas to pursue a career in comics. His influences include NC Wyeth, classic pulp magazine-culture iconography, and popular music.
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 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. The three books were published in eight issues as I Am Legion by Devil's Due Publishing. In 2008, he handled covers and art direction on Dynamite Entertainment's The Lone Ranger comic-book series.
Comics work (interior pencil art) includes:
- Just Imagine Stan Lee with John Cassaday creating Crisis (2002)
- Flash, vol. 2, Annual #10 (1997)
- I Am Legion: The Dancing Faun (2004)
- Planetary #1-27 (1999–2009)
- Planetary, vol. 2, #1-4 (2001–10)
- Planetary/Batman: Night on Earth (2003)
- Superman/Batman #26 (among other artists) (2006)
- Teen Titans Annual #1 (1997)
- Transmetropolitan: I Hate It Here (among other artists) (2000)
- Astonishing X-Men #1-24, Giant-Sized #1 (2004–2008)
- Captain America, vol. 4, #1-6 (2002)
- Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America (Iron Man) #5 (2007)
- Ka-Zar: Flashback #1 (1997)
- Secret War from the Files of Nick Fury (among other artists) (2005)
- Uncanny X-Men #352 (among other artists) (1998)
- Union Jack, miniseries, #1-3 (1998–99)
- X-Men/Alpha Flight, miniseries, #1-2 (1998)
- Uncanny Avengers #1-4 (2012-2013)
Books and compilations
- Ghost: Black October, Dark Horse, 1999, ISBN 1-56971-377-4
- ''Hellboy Weird Tales volumes 1 and 2, Dark Horse, 2003, ISBN 1-56971-622-6, 2004, ISBN 1-56971-953-5
- Union Jack, tpb, 96 pages, Marvel, 2002, ISBN 0-7851-0934-X
- Desperadoes: A Moment's Sunlight tpb, 104 pages, DC, 1998, ISBN 1-58240-013-X
- Desperadoes: Epidemic!, DC, 1999, ISBN B0006RRCHQ
- 2000: Nominated for "Best Cover Artist" Eisner Award for Planetary
- 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
- 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.
- 2010: Nominated for "Best Cover Artist" Eisner Award for Irredeemable and Lone Ranger.
- Texas Births, 1926-1995, John David Cassaday
- Coville's Clubhouse - Aug. '02
- Kreiner, Rich (February 2004). "Firing Line:Planetary/Batman". The Comics Journal 1 (258): 50–51. ISSN 0194-7869.
- Masters, Charles (July 14, 2006). "Spengler back in swing with comic-book lineup". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 17, 2008.[dead link]
- Phegley, Kiel (October 30, 2008). "Cassaday's I Am Legion Lands at Devil's Due". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved October 30, 2008.
- Furey, Emmett (July 28, 2009). "CCI: Joss Whedon on "Dollhouse"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved July 30, 2009.
- 2008 Eisner Award Nominees Named (press release), Newsarama, April 14, 2008
- 2010 Comic-con,
- John Cassaday at the Grand Comics Database
- John Cassaday at the Comic Book DB
- John Cassaday on Marvel.com
- Collectors' galleries of Cassaday's original artwork
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to John Cassaday.|
- John Cassaday: Astonishing at Silver Bullet Comic Books
- John Cassaday Interview at Comic Book Resources, October 28, 2001
- An Interview With John Cassaday at CollectorTimes.com, 2002