Brent Anderson

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Brent Anderson
A photo of Brent Anderson in 2018.
Anderson in 2018
BornBrent Eric Anderson[1]
(1955-06-15) June 15, 1955 (age 65)
San Jose, California
Area(s)Penciller, Artist
Notable works
X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills
Astro City
AwardsInkpot Award, 1985
Harvey Award, 1996, 1997
Eisner Award, 1996–1998

Brent Anderson (born June 15, 1955,[2] in San Jose, California) is an American comics artist known for his work on X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills and the comic book series Astro City.


Early life[edit]

In junior high school, Brent Anderson discovered the pantheon of characters in Marvel Comics. The first Marvel comic he read was Fantastic Four #69, "By Ben Betrayed" (Dec. 1967),[3] "They were a family who had super-powers and helped each other out. I wanted to be part of a family like that," he says.[4] Anderson began writing and drawing his own comics on school binder paper, creating a pantheon of his own that included "Radium the Robot" and "The Chameleon".[4] After doing fanzine illustrations, Anderson's first professional comics work appeared in the mid-1970s in independent/underground publications such as All-Slug, Tesserae, and Venture.[5]

Comics professional[edit]

In 1981, Ka-Zar The Savage, written by Bruce Jones, became Anderson's first regular series.[6] The X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills graphic novel followed,[7] as well as artwork on a number of Marvel Comics series, including the heroic space-opera Strikeforce: Morituri. During this period, Anderson was active doing artwork for independent publishers Pacific Comics and Eclipse Comics,[6] including the innovative cinematic comic Somerset Holmes.[8]

In 1995, Anderson co-created with writer Kurt Busiek and cover artist Alex Ross, the award-winning Astro City. Other work included J. Michael Straczynski's Rising Stars: Untouchable spin-off series written by Fiona Avery covering the life story of special assassin Laurel Darkhaven.[6] Work continues on a 200-plus page graphic novel, Jar of Ashes, written by Shirley Johnston. Anderson worked with writer Marv Wolfman on a one-shot featuring Green Lantern and Plastic Man entitled Green Lantern/Plastic Man: Weapons of Mass Deception, released in December 2010.[9] A Phantom Stranger ongoing series written by Dan DiDio and drawn by Anderson began in September 2012.[10] In June 2013, Busiek and Anderson relaunched their Astro City series as part of DC's Vertigo line.[11][12] The ongoing Astro City series concluded as of issue #52 in 2018.[13]

Art style[edit]

Anderson's work fits into the category of "realism" defined by Neal Adams, one of Anderson's many artistic influences.[3] Anderson's work is known for its focus on character. "My greatest joy in drawing comics comes when I've added nuance to a character with just the right expression and illustrated a scene that captures the perfect moment of mood. When the characters come to life I feel alive. That's why I've dedicated my professional life to creating comics."[4]


  • Inkpot Award, 1985[5]
  • Eisner Award[5]
    • Best New Series, 1996
    • Best Single Issue, 1996, 1997, 1998
    • Best Continuing Series, 1997, 1998
    • Best Serial Story, 1998
  • Harvey Award[5]
    • Best New Series, 1996
    • Best Single Issue or Story, 1996
    • Best Graphic Album, previously released work, 1997
  • Don Thompson Award[5]
    • Best Achievement by Penciler, 1996
    • Favorite Single Creative Team (with Kurt Busiek), 1998


DC Comics[edit]


  • Astro City vol. 3 #1–11, 13–16, 18–21, 23–24, 26, 29–30, 32–34, 37–38, 41, 43, 45–46, 49–52 (2013–2018)


  • Astro City vol. 2 #16–22 (1999–2000)
  • Astro City: A Visitor’s Guide #1 (2004)
  • Astro City: Local Heroes #1–5 (2003–2004)
  • Astro City: The Dark Age Book One #1–4 (2005)
  • Astro City: The Dark Age Book Two #1–4 (2007)
  • Astro City: The Dark Age Book Three #1–4 (2009)
  • Astro City: The Dark Age Book Four #1–4 (2010)
  • Astro City: Supersonic
  • Astro City: Samaritan (2006)
  • Astro City: Beautie #1 (2008)
  • Astro City: Astra #1–2 (2009)
  • Astro City: Silver Agent #1–2 (2010)
  • Astro City/Arrowsmith #1 (2004)
  • Astro City Special #1 (2004)

Eclipse Comics[edit]

Image Comics[edit]

  • Kurt Busiek's Astro City #1–6 (1995–1996)
  • Kurt Busiek's Astro City vol. 2 #1/2, #1–15 (1996–1998)

Marvel Comics[edit]

Now Comics[edit]

Pacific Comics[edit]

Slave Labor Graphics[edit]

  • Spin World #1–4 (1997–1998)


  1. ^ Per the cover of Marvel Graphic Novel #5: X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills (1982)
  2. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on February 18, 2011. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Guerrero, Tony (July 1, 2008). "Comic Vine Interview with Brent Anderson". Comic Vine. Archived from the original on December 30, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Anderson, Brent (n.d.). "Bio". Archived from the original on June 2, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e Bails, Jerry (2006). "Anderson, Brent". Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928-1999. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  6. ^ a b c Brent Anderson at the Grand Comics Database
  7. ^ "Brent Anderson". Lambiek Comiclopedia. August 14, 2009. Archived from the original on May 26, 2013. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  8. ^ Schweier, Philip (August 2016). "Somerset Holmes". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (90): 48–55.
  9. ^ Segura, Alex (September 16, 2010). "First Look: Green Lantern/Plastic Man: Weapons of Mass Deception". DC Comics. Archived from the original on December 30, 2013.
  10. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (June 8, 2012). "DC Adds Four to New 52, Including DiDio's Phantom Stranger". Newsarama. Archived from the original on June 11, 2012. Retrieved June 10, 2012. Written by [Dan] DiDio with art by Brent Anderson, The Phantom Stranger will spin out of the character's recent appearances in Justice League and DC's Free Comic Book Day story.
  11. ^ Ching, Albert (April 1, 2013). "Astro City Moves to Vertigo with New Series in June". Newsarama. Archived from the original on June 26, 2013.
  12. ^ Truitt, Brian (June 3, 2013). "Busiek takes fans on another trip through Astro City". USA Today. Archived from the original on August 11, 2018. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  13. ^ Arrant, Chris (January 22, 2018). "Astro City Ongoing Ends in April, With Plans for OGN Future". Newsarama. Archived from the original on August 11, 2018. Retrieved August 11, 2018.

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Preceded by
Ka-Zar the Savage artist
Succeeded by
Ron Frenz
Preceded by
Strikeforce: Morituri artist
Succeeded by
Huw Thomas
Preceded by
Phantom Stranger vol. 4 artist
Succeeded by
Gene Ha