Colleen Coover

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Colleen Coover
Coover at Stumptown Comics Festival 2007
BornColleen Ann Coover
(1969-07-14) July 14, 1969 (age 54)
Area(s)Cartoonist, Penciller
Notable works
Spouse(s)Paul Tobin

Colleen Coover (born July 14, 1969) is a comic book artist and author based in Portland, Oregon and is known for creating the lesbian-themed erotic comic book Small Favors from Eros Comix, illustrator of the comic book limited series Banana Sunday from Oni Press, and for illustrating several short stories in X-Men: First Class from Marvel Comics.

Early life[edit]

Coover was born in Iowa on July 14, 1969.[1][2] She identifies as bisexual.[3][4] Coover met writer Paul Tobin at a drama class, and would go on to meet again at a local comic book store she regularly frequented. Coover and Tobin were married August 25, 2007.[5][6]

Coover grew up reading comics.[7] She dropped out of art school and says that she is entirely self-taught as a comic book artist.[8] She began drawing comics after meeting her husband.[7]

She credits the Hernandez brothers, Milton Caniff, Wendy Pini, Seth's Palookaville, Peter Arno, Dan DeCarlo, Curt Swan, and Neal Adams as artistic influences.[7]


Coover has contributed comic work to Out magazine and has done illustration and cover design for various publications, including On Our Backs, Girlfriends, Curve, Kitchen Sink, and Nickelodeon Magazine; and for publishers including Buckle Down Publishing, Alyson Books, Cleis Press,[9] and Dark Horse Comics.

Her first major comics project was Small Favors, a sex-positive, woman-friendly adult comic published from 2000-2003.[10]

She illustrated the graphic novels Gingerbread Girl (2011) and Banana Sunday (2006), both written by Paul Tobin.[11][12]

Since 2012 she has illustrated the digital comic Bandette, also written by Paul Tobin.[13] Bandette was nominated for four Eisner Awards, and won the award for Best Digital/Webcomic in 2016.[14] She won the Eisner Award again in 2017 for Best Digital Comic with Bandette.

Coover is a member of Periscope Studio and the Comic Art Collective.

Coover participated in the panels: "Prism Queer Press Grant Portfolio Review", "Love is in the Air: LGBT Romance Comics", and "Women of Marvel" at the San Diego Comic Convention 2009.[15]

She is the author of the 2012 short story "Home Port."[16]



  • The Age of The Sentry #3: "She Loved A Monster!" (2008)
  • Amazing Spider-Girl #25–28
  • Amazing Spider-Man Family #3–4
  • Bandette #1–20 (Monkeybrain Comics and Dark Horse Comics )[17][18]
  • Fantastic Four Giant-Size Adventures #1: "Susan Storm and Misty Knight in: The Importance of Being Invisible" (August 2009, 9 pages)
  • Girl Comics #1: "Introduction" (May 2010)
  • I Am An Avenger #4: "Then And Now" (February 2011)
  • Iron Man and Power Pack #4: "Dog & Pony Show" (April 2008)
  • King-Size Spider-Man Summer Special #1: "Un-Enchanted Evening" (2008)
  • Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers #1: "Thor Frog Origin Thingy" (July 2009)
  • Models Inc #3: "Brains!" (back-up story) (December 2009)
  • Power Pack: Day One #1–4: "Power Focus" (May–August 2008)
  • Tails Of The Pet Avengers #1: Terrier On The High Seas (story and art) and Birds of a Different Feather (April 2010)
  • Uncanny X-Men: First Class #1 (inked, joint-colored, joint-lettered)[19]
  • Thor and the Warriors Four #1-4: "The twelve labors of the babysitter!" (June–September 2010)
  • Wolverine: First Class #8: "Kitty's Dream" (December 2008)
  • X-Men: First Class #3, 5–6, 9, 11–15 (October 2007 - October 2008)
  • X-Men: First Class Finals #1–3 (April–June 2009)
  • X-Men First Class Special: "The Key; Men Fear the Blob; The Mental Might of Marvel Girl" (July 2009)[20]


  • Small Favors, Volume 1 (Eros Comix, 2002) collecting issues 1-4
  • Small Favors, Volume 2 (Eros Comix, 2003) collecting issues 5-8
  • Banana Sunday (Oni Press, 2006) (with Paul Tobin, as "Root Nibot")
  • Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers (Marvel, 2009) H/B incl. "Terrier On The High Seas" written & drawn by Colleen Coover; "Birds Of A Different Feather"
  • Sentry: The Age of the Sentry (Marvel, 2009) incl. The Age of The Sentry #3: "She Loved A Monster!"[21]
  • Spider-Man: Amazing Friends Marvel, 20??) incl. "Take a Seat!"
  • Spider-Man: Spider-Women Digest (Marvel, May 2009) inc. "Un-enchanted Evening" (from King-Size Spider-Man Summer Special #1)
  • X-Men First Class: Mutant Mayhem (Marvel, 2008) incl. X-Men: First Class (2007) 1-5 and X-Men: First Class Special #1
  • X-Men First Class: Band of Brothers (Marvel, 2008) incl. X-Men: First Class (2007) 6-10
  • X-Men First Class: The Wonder Years (Marvel, 2009) incl. X-Men: First Class (2007) 11-16 and Giant-Size X-Men: First Class
  • X-Men First Class: Finals (Marvel, 2009) incl. backup stories from issues 1-3: "Scott and Jean Are On a Date!", "X-Date Part 2", and "X-Date Part 3"
  • Gingerbread Girl (Top Shelf, 2011) (with Paul Tobin)
  • Bandette, Volume 1: Presto! (Dark Horse, 2013) (with Paul Tobin) collecting issues 1-5
  • Bandette, Volume 2: Stealers Keepers! (Dark Horse, 2015) (with Paul Tobin) collecting issues 6-9
  • Bandette, Volume 3: The House of the Green Mask (Dark Horse, 2016) (with Paul Tobin) collecting issues 10-13
  • Small Favors: The Definitive Girly Porno Collection (Limerence Press, 2017) (reprints books 1 & 2, plus color special and new material)
  • Gothic Tales of Haunted Love (Bedside Press, 2018) (contributor)


  1. ^ U.S. Public Records Index Vol 2 (Provo, UT: Operations, Inc.), 2010.
  2. ^ Kaufman, Logan (March 2006), "Colleen Coover: Monkeys and Cubbies!", Adventure Underground, archived from the original on 2007-09-27, retrieved 2007-08-23.
  3. ^ "Creators: Colleen Coover", Gay League, archived from the original on 2007-05-24, retrieved 2007-08-23
  4. ^ "An Interview With Colleen Coover – GAY LEAGUE". Gay League. Retrieved 2022-07-20.
  5. ^ Oregon, Marriage Indexes, 1906-2008 (Provo, UT: Operations, Inc.), 2000.
  6. ^ "Colleen Coover loves Paul Tobin".
  7. ^ a b c "APE Special Guest Colleen Coover, Part One". Comic-Con International: San Diego. 2013-09-13. Retrieved 2017-03-30.
  8. ^ "Colleen Coover Talks "Girl Comics", Superhero Anatomy & Hating Purple [Interview]". ComicsAlliance. Retrieved 2017-03-30.
  9. ^ "Colleen Coover", Prism Comics, archived from the original on 2007-08-14, retrieved 2007-08-23.
  10. ^ "Small Favors". Colleen Coover. 2008-12-22. Retrieved 2017-03-30.
  11. ^ Gingerbread Girl at, 19 December 2008, retrieved 2009-02-09.
  12. ^ "Banana Sunday". Colleen Coover. 2008-12-22. Retrieved 2017-03-30.
  13. ^ "Bandette". Colleen Coover. 2016-04-22. Retrieved 2017-03-30.
  14. ^ Whitbrook, James. "Here Are Your 2016 Eisner Award Winners". io9. Retrieved 2017-03-30.
  15. ^ San Diego Comic Convention at, 16 July 2009, retrieved 2009-07-30
  16. ^ Coover, Colleen (2012-02-13). Home Port. Colleen Coover.
  17. ^ Bandette Digital Comics - Comics by comiXology, Monkeybrain, archived from the original on July 12, 2012, retrieved 2016-06-29
  18. ^ "Bandette Volume 1: Presto! HC :: Profile :: Dark Horse Comics".
  19. ^ Uncanny X-Men: First Class Marvel Catalog, Marvel Comics, retrieved 2009-07-30.
  20. ^ Marvel Bibliography at, retrieved 2009-05-22.
  21. ^ Age Of The Sentry Marvel Catalog, Marvel Comics, retrieved 2009-06-05.

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