José Luis García-López

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José Luis García-López
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García-López in 2006.
Born José Luis García-López
(1948-03-26) March 26, 1948 (age 66)
Nationality Spanish
Area(s) Penciller, Inker
Notable works
Batman vs. Hulk
Cinder and Ashe
Jonah Hex
New Teen Titans

José Luis García-López (born March 26, 1948)[1] is a Spanish comic book artist who works in the United States of America, mostly for DC Comics.

Early life[edit]

José Luis García-López was born on March 26, 1948[1] in Pontevedra, Spain,[2] and lived subsequently in Argentina.[3] He was inspired by artists as Alex Raymond, Harold Foster, Milton Caniff, José Luis Salinas and Alberto Breccia.[4]


During the 1960s, García-López worked for Charlton Comics.[5] In 1974 he moved to New York,[3] where he met DC Comics editor Joe Orlando. His first interior art credit for DC was June 1975's "Nightmare In Gold" back-up in Action Comics #448, where he inked the pencils of artist Dick Dillin.[5] The following month, he inked the pencils of Curt Swan on a "Private Life of Clark Kent" backup story in Superman #289, before graduating to full pencils on a back-up story (written by E. Nelson Bridwell in Detective Comics #452 (October 1975). The following month, García-López and writer Gerry Conway created the Hercules Unbound series[6] and in April 1977, he and writer Michael Fleisher launched the Jonah Hex ongoing series.[7] García-López and Conway collaborated on a Superman vs. Wonder Woman story in All-New Collectors' Edition #C-54 (1978).[8] DC Comics Presents, a team-up title starring Superman was launched in 1978 by writer Martin Pasko and García-López.[9] He drew a DC-Marvel crossover between Batman and the Hulk in DC Special Series #27 (Fall 1981).[10][11] He penciled five issues of The New Teen Titans in 1985 and writer Marv Wolfman later commented that "I knew that I had this incredible artist who could draw almost anything that I wanted...So I decided to make the story just the biggest spectacle I could come up with."[12]

Other notable works include Atari Force, Cinder and Ashe, Road to Perdition, Deadman, and various DC superheroes. His work on Twilight has been praised, receiving an Eisner Award nomination.[13]

His 2000s work includes JLA: Classified with writer Gail Simone. He penciled a 2009 story arc in Batman Confidential, which introduced the King Tut character.[14] He drew Metal Men story in Wednesday Comics which was written by Dan DiDio.[15][16] In 2011, he drew one of the stories in The Spirit #17.[17] DC Comics published a collection of his Superman stories in Adventure of Superman: José Luis García-López in 2013.[18]


Cover of Wonder Woman vol. 2, #129 (Jan. 1998).


Other publishers[edit]

  • Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery #64-65 (Gold Key, 1975)
  • Career Girl Romances #71 (Charlton, 1972)
  • Ghostly Tales #77, 79, 146 (Charlton, 1969–70, 1980)
  • Grimm's Ghost Stories #24-25 (Gold Key, 1975)
  • Just Married #68-69, 71-74 (Charlton, 1969–70)



1992: Nominated for "Best Artist" Eisner Award, for Twilight.[13]
1997: Nominated for "Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team" Eisner Award, with Kevin Nowlan, for Doctor Strangefate[19]


  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. ^ Nolen-Weathington, Eric (2005). Modern Masters Volume Five: J. L. García-López. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 6. ISBN 978-1893905443. I was born in 1948 in Pontevedra, which is in the northwestern part of Spain, in Galicia. 
  3. ^ a b "José Luis García-López". Lambiek Comiclopedia. 2012. Archived from the original on March 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ Alcázar, Javier (2008). "José Luis García-López" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on March 20, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b José Luis García-López at the Grand Comics Database
  6. ^ McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1970s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 165. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Hercules Unbound featured powerful writing from Gerry Conway plus stellar artwork by José Luis García-López. 
  7. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 173: "Jonah Hex rode his horse out of Weird Western Tales and into his own comic...Longtime Hex scribe Michael Fleisher and artist José Luis García-López detailed the bounty-hunter traveling to Whalenberg, Tennessee."
  8. ^ Mangels, Andy (December 2012). "Kryptonian and Amazonian Not Living in Perfect Harmony". Back Issue! (TwoMorrows Publishing) (61): 50–54. 
  9. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 179: "A new ongoing Superman series started to mix things up by teaming the Man of Steel with other heroes in the DC Universe. Writer Martin Pasko and artist José Luis García-López launched the inaugural issue."
  10. ^ Manning, Matthew K. "1980s" in Dolan, p. 195 "Written by Len Wein and illustrated by José Luis García-López, the comic saw...Batman and the Hulk doing battle with both the Joker and Marvel's ultra-powerful Shaper of Worlds."
  11. ^ Greenberg, Glenn (December 2012). "Tabloid Team-Ups The Giant-Size DC-Marvel Crossovers". Back Issue! (TwoMorrows Publishing) (61): 33–40. 
  12. ^ Daniels, Les (1995). DC Comics: Sixty Years of the World's Favorite Comic Book Heroes. Bulfinch Press. p. 135. ISBN 0821220764. 
  13. ^ a b "1992 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on August 17, 2013. 
  14. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (December 12, 2008). "At Last: Batman Vs. King Tut". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on October 6, 2012. 
  15. ^ Wednesday Comics. DC Comics. June 2010. ISBN 1-4012-2747-3.  (Titan Books. July 2010. ISBN 1-84856-755-3)
  16. ^ Segura, Alex (May 5, 2009). "More exciting Wednesday Comics News -- García-López joins 'Metal Men'". DC Comics. Archived from the original on September 30, 2012. 
  17. ^ Johnston, Rich (May 17, 2011). "Abandoned Spirit Book… No Longer Abandoned". Archived from the original on July 15, 2012. 
  18. ^ Callahan, Timothy (June 3, 2013). "When Words Collide: How Can You Go Wrong with José García-López's Superman?". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. 
  19. ^ "1997 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on July 23, 2013. 

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