Steve Lightle

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Steve Lightle
Born (1959-11-19) November 19, 1959 (age 55)
Nationality American
Area(s) Penciller

Steve Lightle (born November 19, 1959)[1] is an American comic book artist, working primarily as a penciller.


Lightle's first professional comic book work was a five page story in Black Diamond #4 (February 1984) published by AC Comics. He followed this with his debut at DC Comics, drawing a 10 page story in New Talent Showcase #4 (April 1984),[2][3] a series intended to provide work for up-and-coming artist who did not have a regular assignment.

In 1984, Lightle followed Keith Giffen as the penciller of Legion of Super-Heroes.[4] Lightle described it as being a "dream assignment" to work on the title.[5] One of Lightle's issues featured the death of the longtime Legion member the Karate Kid.[6] Although Lightle's tenure as interior artist was brief, he continued as the cover artist until 1988.[3] Lightle co-created two Legionnaires, Tellus and Quislet,[7] whose unusual appearances contrasted with the humanoid appearances of the other Legionnaires.

Lightle was the original penciler of the 1987 revival of Doom Patrol,[8] but he left after the first five-issue story arc due to creative differences.[9]

Much of Lightle's work has been as a cover artist. He typically both pencils and inks his covers. In 1989 and 1990, Lightle was the regular cover artist for Classic X-Men[3] (later retitled X-Men Classic). He produced new covers and frontispieces to accompany the reprinted stories.


Interior art

AC Comics[edit]

  • Black Diamond #4 (1984)

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ Greenberger, Robert (April 2014). "New Talent and Bonus Babies". Back Issue! (TwoMorrows Publishing) (71): 67. 
  3. ^ a b c Steve Lightle at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ Schweier, Philip (October 2013). "Back to the Future: The Legion in the 1980s". Back Issue! (TwoMorrows Publishing) (68): 57–61. 
  5. ^ Vollmar, Rob (June 14, 2007). "Conversation With A Craftsman: Steve Lightle Talks With Rob Vollmar". Silver Bullet Comics. Archived from the original on March 30, 2012. Retrieved March 30, 2012. "I was made to feel very welcome on Legion, and since the characters had been favorites of mine consistently since childhood, it was a dream assignment. I can't say enough good about Paul Levitz, who encouraged me to be involved in every aspect of the book and its characters." 
  6. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 209. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "In a story written by Paul Levitz, with art by Keith Giffen and Steve Lightle...the Karate Kid gave his life heroically while battling Nemesis Kid." 
  7. ^ Signh, Arune (October 30, 2002). "Because You Demanded It, A Legionnaire Returns: Steve Lightle Talks Legion". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on March 30, 2012. Retrieved March 30, 2012. "I hold the distinction of having suggested the first non-humanoid Legionnaires in the long history of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Tellus and Quislet were the first nonhuman members of the Legion, and I'm very happy that Paul Levitz and I broke that barrier by creating them." 
  8. ^ Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 229: "October [1987] saw a new Doom Patrol series, by writer Paul Kupperberg and artist Steve Lightle."
  9. ^ Browning, Michael (July 2013). "The Doom Patrol Interviews: Steve Lightle". Back Issue! (TwoMorrows Publishing) (65): 51. "I'd decided that it wasn't going in the direction I wanted and the promises I had been made hadn't even been anywhere near fulfilled." 

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Preceded by
Keith Giffen
Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 3 artist
Succeeded by
Greg LaRocque
Preceded by
Doom Patrol vol. 2 artist
Succeeded by
Erik Larsen