Rick Leonardi

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Leonardi at the 2012 New York Comic Con.
Born (1957-08-09) August 9, 1957 (age 57)
Philadelphia
Nationality American
Area(s) Artist
Notable works
Cloak and Dagger
Green Lantern Versus Aliens
New Mutants
Star Wars: General Grievous
Uncanny X-Men
Vision and the Scarlet Witch

Rick Leonardi (born August 9, 1957) is an American comic book illustrator who has worked for various series for Marvel Comics and DC Comics, including Cloak and Dagger, The Uncanny X-Men, The New Mutants, Spider-Man 2099, Nightwing, Batgirl, Green Lantern Versus Aliens and Superman. He has worked on feature film tie-in comics such as Star Wars: General Grievous and Superman Returns Prequel #3.

Early life[edit]

Rick Leonardi was born August 9, 1957 in Philadelphia, and grew up in Haverhill, Massachusetts. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1979 and started drawing for Marvel Comics the following year.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Rick Leonardi's first published comics artwork appeared in Thor #303 (Jan. 1981).[3] He collaborated with writer Bill Mantlo on two limited series: Vision and the Scarlet Witch (Nov. 1982-Feb. 1983)[4] and Cloak and Dagger (Oct. 1983-Jan. 1984). Leonardi's well-known works in the 1980s include various fill-in issues of The Uncanny X-Men and The New Mutants.[3]

He is credited, along with fellow illustrator Mike Zeck, of designing the black-and-white costume to which Spider-Man switched during the 1984 Secret Wars miniseries, and later wore for a time. According to the Spider-Man 1/2 special, the costume began as a design by Zeck that Leonardi embellished.[5] The plot that developed as a result of Spider-Man's acquisition of the costume led to the creation of the Spider-Man villain known as Venom[6] although in a 2007 Comic Book Resources story, fan Randy Schueller claims to have devised a version of a black costume for Spider-Man in a story idea that he was paid for.[7] Leonardi and writer Tom DeFalco created the Rose in The Amazing Spider-Man #253 (June 1984).[8] Chris Claremont and Leonardi introduced the fictional country of Genosha in Uncanny X-Men #235 (Oct. 1988).[9] From 1992 to 1994, Leonardi was the regular penciler for the first 25 issues of Spider-Man 2099 with writer Peter David.[10] Leonardi later launched the Fantastic Four 2099 series with Karl Kesel.[11] Leonardi drew the 2000 intercompany crossover miniseries Green Lantern Versus Aliens.[3] He drew one of the tie-in one-shots for the Sentry limited series in 2001.[12]

His subsequent series work includes runs on Nightwing, on which he was the regular penciler for issues #71-84 from 2002 to 2003, and on Batgirl, of which he drew issues #45-52 from 2003 to 2004. Subsequent miniseries he drew include Star Wars: General Grievous in 2005, and the 2006 movie tie-in, Superman Returns Prequel #3. He followed up that with other superhero titles such as Superman #665 and #668 (2007), JLA: Classified #43 (November 2007), Witchblade #112 (January 2008), and the 2008 miniseries DC Universe: Decisions.[3] Leonardi drew the Vigilante series that debuted from DC in December 2008.[13]

Bibliography[edit]

Leonardi sketching Cloak and Dagger at the 2011 New York Comic Con.

Dark Horse Comics[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Event Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

New Paradigm Studios[edit]

  • Watson and Holmes #1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Rick Leonardi". Lambiek Comiclopedia. December 21, 2006. Archived from the original on June 9, 2012. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Rick Leonardi at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ DeFalco, Tom; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1980s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. Dorling Kindersley. p. 208. ISBN 978-0756641238. 
  5. ^ David, Peter; Greenberger, Robert (2010). The Spider-Man Vault: A Museum-in-a-Book with Rare Collectibles Spun from Marvel's Web. Running Press. p. 86. ISBN 0762437723. According to Tom DeFalco, Rick Leonardi did some additional tweaks on it, such as having the legs of the spider symbol join around in the back. Ron Frenz was the first penciler to actually render it in the comics. 
  6. ^ David, Peter. "The Wacko Theory"; Comics Buyer's Guide June 4, 1993; Reprinted in the collection But I Digress (1994); pp. 104-106
  7. ^ Cronin, Brian (May 16, 2007). "Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed Extra: Randy Schueller’s Brush With Comic History". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on October 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ DeFalco "1980s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 218: "Created by writer Tom DeFalco and artist Rick Leonardi, the [Rose] tended his rose garden as he casually ran his various criminal enterprises."
  9. ^ DeFalco "1980s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 238: "Intended to criticize South Africa's policy of apartheid, Genosha was a fictional island located off the east coast of Africa that first appeared in this issue [#235] by writer Chris Claremont and artist Rick Leonard."
  10. ^ Manning, Matthew K. "1990s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 260: "Writer Peter David and artist Rick Leonardi's Spider-Man 2099 character was first glimpsed in a sneak preview in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man #265 in August 1992."
  11. ^ Manning "1990s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 278: "This eight-issue series was written by Karl Kesel with art by 2099 veteran penciller Rick Leonardi."
  12. ^ Manning "2000s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 302
  13. ^ Arrant, Chris (November 10, 2008). "Returning to the Gun: Marv Wolfman on Vigilante". Newsarama. Archived from the original on December 8, 2013. 

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