Cully Hamner

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Cully Hamner
Cully Hamner, October 2015
Born (1969-03-07) March 7, 1969 (age 47)[1]
Huntsville, Alabama[2]
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Penciller, Inker
Notable works
Green Lantern: Mosaic
Blue Beetle
Black Lightning: Year One
Detective Comics

Cully Hamner is an American comic book artist and writer, known for his work on such books as Green Lantern: Mosaic, Blue Beetle, Black Lightning: Year One, Detective Comics. He is also the co-creator and illustrator of the 2003 graphic novel Red, which was adapted into a 2010 feature film of the same name starring Bruce Willis.

Early life[edit]

Cully Hamner was born March 7, 1969[1][3] in Huntsville, Alabama.[2][4] He graduated from Albert P. Brewer High School in Somerville, Alabama.[5]


Since his 1992 debut on Green Lantern: Mosaic, Hamner has worked for nearly every major American comic book publisher, and is chiefly known for such titles as the aforementioned Green Lantern: Mosaic, Blue Beetle, and Red. He is also one of the original members of Atlanta's Gaijin Studios. Hamner also helped start and acted as Creative Consultant to 12 Gauge Comics, publisher of such titles as The Ride, Gun Candy, Body Bags, and O.C.T.: The Occult Crimes Taskforce.

His work can be seen in Top Cow's 2005 Warren Ellis series Down and as the original artist and designer of DC Comics' current Blue Beetle character. He was the regular artist for that character's monthly series in 2006 and 2007, leaving that title with its tenth issue, though he continued throughout the following year as the regular cover artist for that book.[6] Black Lightning: Year One, written by Jen Van Meter and illustrated by Hamner, was released in 2009 as a miniseries and as a trade paperback collection in 2010, and was subsequently nominated for two Glyph Awards.[7]

Hamner with RED director Robert Schwentke, at the premiere of the film version of Red at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood California, October 12, 2010.

In 2010, Summit Entertainment released RED, a feature film adaptation of the 2003 comic book of the same name that Hamner illustrated with writer Warren Ellis, starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Richard Dreyfuss.[8][9] A sequel, RED 2, was released in 2013.[10][11][12] On August 14, 2015, it was announced that NBC was developing an hour-long based RED television series produced by screenwriters Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber, along with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian. Lionsgate Television and Di Bonaventura Pictures Television would be producing the series.[13]

In March 2009, it was announced that Hamner had signed an exclusive contract with DC Comics, and in June 2009, he began his run on the monthly Detective Comics, featuring The Question.[14] After concluding his year-long tenure on that character and in light of the pending release of the film version of Red, it was announced that Hamner would return to both write and illustrate the Paul Moses character for a 40-page prequel called Red: Eyes Only.[15]

On June 9, 2011, it was revealed by DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee that Hamner had been enlisted in a substantial role to help guide the initiative to redesign DC stable of characters as part of the "New 52" line-wide relaunch.[16] On July 12, Comic Book Resources reported DC's announcement that Hamner would be teaming with writer James Dale Robinson for the first three-issue story arc of a new 12-issue series starring the The Shade.[17]


Comics series[edit]

Comics anthologies and one-shots[edit]

Pin-ups and covers[edit]

Awards and Recognition[edit]

  • June 2011 Inkwell Awards Ambassador (June 2011-present)[18]


  1. ^ a b "Cully Hamner". Good Reads. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Comic creator: Cully Hamner". Lambiek Comiclopedia. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  3. ^ Parker, Philip M. "Dictionary - Definition of cully". Webster's Online Dictionary. Retrieved July 29, 2013.
  4. ^ Wake, Matt (January 23, 2013). "Cully Hamner, Huntsville native, discusses Superman artist gig and Bruce Willis sequel based on his comics".
  5. ^ Welch, Chris (October 8, 2010). "'Red' movie based on comic book by Huntsville native Cully Hamner".
  6. ^ Irving, Christopher. Blue Beetle Companion: His Many Lives From 1939 to Today. Raleigh: TwoMorrows Publishing, 2007. ISBN 1-893905-70-5
  7. ^ Pepose, David (February 17, 2010). "2010 Glyph Awards Announced". Newsarama.
  8. ^ Kit, Borys (June 11, 2008). "RED Aims For Green Light". The Hollywood Reporter.
  9. ^ Marnell, Blair (October 23, 2009). 'Red' To Begin Shooting In January. MTV News.
  10. ^ Kit, Borys (2011-11-17). "Summit Pulls the Trigger on 'RED' Sequel". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  11. ^ Rosenberg, Adam (2011-01-26). "'RED' Sequel Confirmed, Screenwriters Returning". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  12. ^ Kit, Borys (2012-02-17). "'Red 2' to be Directed by Dean Parisot". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 14, 2015). "'Red' Movies Get NBC Series Adaptation". Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  14. ^ Cully Hamner Signs DC Exclusive, Newsarama. March 24, 2009
  15. ^ Pitts, Lan (January 19, 2010). "Cully Hamner is seeing “Red” again…". Newsarama. July 19, 2010
  16. ^ "Project: Up Up and Runway". DC Comics. June 9, 2011
  17. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Robinson's 'Shade' Debut, More October Solicits". Comic Book Resources. July 12, 2011
  18. ^ "Inkwell Awards Ambassadors"

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