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Perpetual Mourning (Batman: Black & White #1)
Ted McKeever is an American comics artist and author.
McKeever first professional work appeared in 1987, when he published the first five parts of his unfinished series Transit (Vortex Comics), establishing his trademark style. This was followed in 1987-1988 by his 12-part series Eddy Current. This "12-hour book" centers on an escapee from an asylum. Obsessed with the exploits of the superhero "The Amazing Broccoli," Eddy buys a mail-order battery-powered "Dynamic Fusion Suit" and sets out to save the world. The work is quintessential McKeever: darkly humorous, showing an "ordinary" person caught up in extraordinary events. Some of the characters in Eddy Current reappear in Metropol and other later works, similarly from Transit. This series was nominated for the Eisner Awards for Best Single-Issue (#1), Best Black-and-White Series, Best New Series, and Best Artist (for McKeever) for 1988.
His five-parter Plastic Forks (Epic, 1990) explored the world of animal experimentation, albeit in a surreal and comical way.
Metropol (Epic 1991-1992) is an epic story of the fight between angels and demons, but set in a modern industrial landscape. An apocalyptic work in which non-entity Jasper Notochord becomes involved in a surreal fight between the forces of good and evil.
The Extremist (Vertigo, 1993), a four-parter written by Peter Milligan, tells the tale of a woman who finds that her husband had a secret life, which she discovers upon his death. Her investigations lead her into a shocking world of extreme sex and violence.
McKeever has produced a number of works exploring alternative realities within the world of DC superhero comics. With Randy & Jean-Marc Lofficier, he has produced an Elseworlds trilogy: Superman's Metropolis, Batman: Nosferatu and Wonder Woman: The Blue Amazon, all retellings of the DC mythos.
In addition to Milligan and Randy & Jean-Marc Lofficier, McKeever has collaborated with comics creators Dave Gibbons and writer and singer Lydia Lunch. His most recent work Enginehead (DC, 2004), was written by Joe Kelly.
McKeever is now working on a five-part series titled "Meta4".
Interior comics work includes:
- Transit #1-5 (Vortex, 1987–1988 — previously unfinished, but now completed in 2008 HC released by Shadowline)
- Eddy Current #1-12 (Mad Dog Graphics, 1987–1988)
- Grimjack #47 (First Comics, 1988) (Eddy Current featured in Munden's Bar Back-up story)
- "Riverfront Joe's" (in Fish Police vol. 2 #8, Comico, 1988)
- "Dance of The Fetus" (in Clive Barker's Hellraiser #1, Epic, 1989)
- Ted McKeever’s Plastic Forks #1-5 (Epic, 1990)
- Metropol #1-12 (Epic, 1991–1992)
- Metropol A.D. #1-3 (Epic, 1993)
- Eclipso #7-8 (written by Keith Giffen and Robert Loren Fleming, DC, 1993)
- The Extremist #1-4 (written by Peter Milligan, Vertigo, 1993)
- "The Creeper: A Cold Night In Hell" (written by Keith Giffen, in Showcase '93 #12, DC, 1993)
- Doom Patrol #75-79, 81-82, 84-87 (written by Rachel Pollack, Vertigo, 1994–1995)
- Industrial Gothic #1-5 (Vertigo, 1995)
- "Engines" (in Legends of the Dark Knight #74-75, DC, 1996)
- "Perpetual Mourning" (in Batman: Black & White #1, DC, 1997)
- Superman's Metropolis (written by Randy & Jean-Marc Lofficier & Roy Thomas, Elseworlds, 1997)
- Junk Culture #1-2 (DC, 1997)
- Toxic Gumbo (written by Lydia Lunch, DC, 1998)
- Batman: Nosferatu (written by Randy & Jean-Marc Lofficier, Elseworlds, 1999)
- Faith (script and art, 5-issue limited series, Vertigo, 2000)
- "Grave Wisdom" (in Flinch #14, Vertigo, 2000)
- Vertigo Visions (Titan Books, 2000)
- Spider-Man's Tangled Web #18 (Marvel, 2002)
- Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #12-13 (written by Brian Michael Bendis, Marvel, 2002)
- "Memories of Green" (in Marvel Knights Double Shot #2, Marvel, 2002
- Wonder Woman: The Blue Amazon (written by Randy & Jean-Marc Lofficier, Elseworlds 2003)
- "A Life Less Empty" (in The Matrix Comics #1, Burleyman, 2003)
- "The King of Never Return" (in The Matrix Comics #2, Burleyman, 2004)
- Enginehead (written by Joe Kelly, DC, 2004)
- Eddy Current: "Judgement" (in A1 Bojeffries Terror Tome #1, Atomeka, 2005)
- Little Book of Horror: War of the Worlds (written by Steve Niles, IDW, 2005)
- "Cuts" (written by F. Paul Wilson, in Doomed, IDW, 2006)
- The Nightmare Factory (graphic novel, Fox Atomic Comics, 2007)
- "Past The Mission" (in Comic Book Tattoo, graphic novel, Image Comics, 2008)
- "Meta 4" (Image Comics, 2010)
- "Mondo" (Image Comics, 2012)
- "Miniature Jesus" (Image Comics, 2013)
Comics covers include:
- Clive Barker's Night Breed #24-25 (Epic, 1993)
- Silent Hill: Dead/Alive #1-5 (IDW, 2006) (variant covers only)
- Zombies! Feast #1-5 (IDW, 2006) (variant covers only)
Awards and nominations
- 1988 Eisner Award
- 1991 Eisner Award
- Best Artist nominee
- 1992 Harvey Award
- Best Colorist nominee: Metropol
- 1997 Eisner Award
- Best Short Story nominee: Perpetual Mourning, Batman: Black & White #1
- Irvine, Alex (2008), "The Extremist", in Dougall, Alastair, The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, p. 71, ISBN 0-7566-4122-5, OCLC 213309015
- Hahn, Joel, 1988 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees, retrieved 2008-10-19
- Hahn, Joel, 1991 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners, retrieved 2008-10-19
- Hahn, Joel, 1992 Harvey Award Nominees and Winners, retrieved 2008-10-19
- Hahn, Joel, 1997 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners, retrieved 2008-10-19
- Ted McKeever at the Comic Book DB