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|Born||Michael Lance Wieringo
June 24, 1963
|Died||August 12, 2007
Durham, North Carolina, United States
|Area(s)||Writer, Penciller, Inker|
|Notable works||DC Comics (Flash), Image Comics (Tellos), Marvel Comics (Fantastic Four)|
Michael Lance "Mike" Wieringo (June 24, 1963 – August 12, 2007), who sometimes signed his work under the name 'Ringo, was an American comic book artist best known for his work on DC Comics' The Flash and Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four.
Wieringo gained prominence working with writer Mark Waid on DC Comics' super-speedster series The Flash vol. 2, penciling all but two issues from #80–92 (Early Sept. 1993 – July 1994), plus #0 (Oct. 1994); he additionally penciled covers through #100, #118–124, and 128–129, and for Flash 80-Page Giant #2 (April 1999). Wieringo co-created, with Waid, the young speedster Bart Allen, a.k.a. Impulse, in The Flash vol. 2, #91 (cameo) and #92 (first full appearance).
Wieringo followed this with a short run on Robin, another DC title, with writer Chuck Dixon, while concurrently penciling Marvel Comics' Rogue #1–4 (Jan.–April 1995), a miniseries starring that X-Men superheroine. During this period, he also penciled occasional Marvel covers and small miscellaneous jobs for that company.
Other work around this time included, for the publisher Malibu Comics, penciling the cover and co-penciling (with Rob Haynes) the lead story of Firearm #0 (Nov. 1993) and penciling the back cover and one story in Godwheel #2 (Feb. 1995). For the small independent publisher Explorer Press, he penciled the cover of Explorers #2 (1995).
Marvel and Tellos
After having penciled the Spider-Boy #1 (April 1996) one-shot, which combined Spider-Man and Superboy as part of the Marvel Comics-DC Comics intercompany crossover series of one-shots Amalgam Comics, Wieringo became the regular artist on Marvel's The Sensational Spider-Man, beginning with issue #8 (Sept. 1996). Teaming with writer Todd Dezago, Wieringo penciled all but eight issues from #8-31 (Sept.1996 - Oct. 1998), and some covers on issues he did not pencil. Additionally, Wieringo co-plotted several issues and penciled the quirkily numbered flashback issue, # -1 (July 1997). During his run he signed a two-year contract with Marvel, beginning December 1997.
After Spider-Man, Wieringo's next major project was at Image Comics, where he reteamed with Dezago on their creator-owned fantasy series Tellos. The comic, a coming-of-age adventure set in a magical, piratical world, ran 10 issues (May 1999 – Nov. 2000). The last three issues were released by Gorilla Comics, a short-lived Image imprint co-founded by Wieringo and several other creators in 2000. Following the demise of the series, Wieringo also penciled one 13-page story in a post-series one-shot, Tellos: Maiden Voyage #1 (March 2001).
Wieringo returned to DC Comics for all but one issue of Adventures of Superman #592–600 (July 2001 – March 2002), with writer Joe Casey. He then returned to Marvel and reunited with writer Mark Waid on Fantastic Four. Beginning with #51 (March 2002), Wieringo eventually drew 27 issues of Waid's 36 issues, wrapping up their run with #524, by which time the previously relaunched series had returned to its original numbering. The comics-hobbyist webzine Newsarama.com commented that the Waid-Wieringo run "was perhaps best known for fan outcry when Marvel announced that [it was] going to replace the team. Marvel quickly reversed [its] decision, and the two completed their run on the series".
Wieringo penciled the interior art on issues #1–5, #8–10 of Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man and was the cover artist of #1–19 (December 2005 – June 2007). He and writer Jeff Parker began work on the miniseries Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four in April 2007.
Death and legacy
On August 12, 2007. Wieringo died of an aortic dissection at his home in Durham, North Carolina, at age 44. He was survived by his parents, Cecil and Shirley Dean Wieringo, and his brother Matt.
At the time of his death, Wieringo had completed seven pages of a What If? story featuring the temporary "replacement" Fantastic Four of Spider-Man, Wolverine, Hulk, and Ghost Rider that had originally been assembled in a 1990 three-part Fantastic Four storyline. Marvel Comics donated the script and Wieringo's art to The Hero Initiative, a charity dedicated to assisting Golden Age and Silver Age comics creators who retired without pensions or benefits and require financial assistance. Wieringo's colleagues stepped in to complete the story. The completed 48-page book, What If?—The Fantastic Four Tribute to Mike Wieringo, features, in addition to Wieringo's art, artwork by Arthur Adams, Paul Renaud, Stuart Immonen, Cully Hamner, Alan Davis, David Williams, Sanford Greene, Humberto Ramos, Skottie Young, Mike Allred, and Barry Kitson, and was released in June 2008.
- Nolen-Weathington, Eric, and Mike Wieringo. Modern Masters Volume 9: Mike Wieringo (TwoMorrows Publishing, 2006). ISBN 1-893905-65-9, ISBN 978-1-893905-65-8.
- "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VSSP-5W1 : accessed 15 Feb 2013), Michael L Wieringo, 12 August 2007; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
- "(Aug. 13, 2007): "Mike Wieringo Passes Away at 44", by Jonah Weiland". ComicBookResources.com. Retrieved 2011-04-25.
- "Contino, Jennifer M. ''Sequential Tart vol. III/# 5'' (May 2000): "Tell Us About Tellos"". Sequentialtart.com. Retrieved 2011-04-25.
- Dean, Michael (June 8, 2001). "The Case of the Disappearing Gorilla: The Banana Trust Explains How Not to Start a Comics Line". The Comics Journal #234. Fantagraphics Books. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
- Newsarama.com (undated; accessed Aug. 13, 2007): "Mike Wieringo Passes Away", by Matt Brady[dead link]
- HeraldSun.com: Obituaries
- Biggers, Cliff; Rogers, Vaneta; Batty, Ward; Comic Shop News #1086; April 2008; Page 3.
- Official Mike Wieringo website
- His personal deviantart page
- Lambiek Comiclopedia: Mike Wieringo
- Grand Comics Database
- Mike Wieringo's Resources at Howtomakecomics.net
- Newsarama.com (no date): "5 Questions for… Mike Wieringo
- ComicBloc.com (July 14, 2007): "Tellos About You: An Interview with Mike Wieringo
- iF (Aug. 13, 2007): "Tellos Artist Mike Wieringo Dead at 44", by Tony Whitt
- iFanboy video podcast about Mike Wieringo's career