David Finch (comics)

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David Finch
Finch at the New York Comic Con in Manhattan, October 10, 2010.
Nationality Canadian
Area(s) Writer, Penciller, Inker
Notable works
Batman: The Dark Knight
The New Avengers
Awards 2009 Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Artist
Spouse(s) Meredith Finch
Official website

David Finch is a Canadian-born comics artist known for his work on Top Cow Productions' Cyberforce, as well as numerous subsequent titles for Marvel Comics and DC Comics, such as The New Avengers, Moon Knight, Ultimatum, and Brightest Day.[1] He has provided album cover art for the band Disturbed, and done concept art for films such as Watchmen.[1]


David Finch started his comics career drawing Top Cow Productions' Cyberforce,[2] after series creator and studio founder Marc Silvestri ceased his run as writer/artist on that book. Finch co-created Ascension with Matt "Batt" Banning.[3] He later worked on the first three issues of Aphrodite IX with David Wohl.[2]

In 2003, Finch returned to comics for a year–long arc on Ultimate X-Men with writer Brian Michael Bendis. Following that, the duo moved on to The Avengers, where they destroyed Marvel's premiere superhero team[4] and then relaunched it as The New Avengers featuring a radically different cast.[5] Finch worked on the revamped Moon Knight series with novelist Charlie Huston[2] and then illustrated Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America #4, featuring Spider-Man. This was followed by the Ultimatum limited series for the Ultimate Marvel line. In addition to interior comics work, he has drawn several covers including those of "World War Hulk"; X-Men #200 and the "X-Men: Messiah Complex" storyline; and the X-Infernus miniseries.[2]

Finch illustrated the cover to Disturbed's 2008 album, Indestructible, as well as doing concept design for the film adaptation of Alan Moore's Watchmen.

In January 2010, Finch left Marvel and became a DC exclusive artist.[6] Finch collaborated with Grant Morrison on Batman #700 (Aug. 2010) an oversized anniversary issue.[7] In July 2010 DC announced that Finch would be writing and drawing a new ongoing series entitled Batman: The Dark Knight, the first story arc of which deals with the detective's more supernatural cases.[8][9] The series launched with a January 2011 cover date[10] but was relaunched in November of that same year as part of the company-wide reboot The New 52.[11] Finch and Geoff Johns launched a new Justice League of America series[2][12] and the Forever Evil limited series in 2013.[13] Finch and his wife, Meredith Finch, took over the creative duties on Wonder Woman beginning with issue #36 (Jan. 2015), their first collaborative effort.[14] As part of the DC Rebirth relaunch of DC's titles, Finch teamed with writer Tom King to launch the Batman vol. 3 series in June 2016.[15][16]


Finch was awarded the Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Artist in 2009.[17]


DC Comics[edit]

Image Comics[edit]

  • Aphrodite IX (full pencils): #0–2; (with Clarence Lansang): #3 (2000–2001)
  • Ascension (full pencils): #1–5; (among other artists): #6–11 (1997–1999)
  • Codename: Strikeforce #7 (1994)
  • Cyberforce #15–22, 24–29, 31, Annual #1 (1994–1997)
  • Darkness (pencil assists): #20–21; (full pencils): #39 (1999–2001)
  • Ripclaw (Wizard special edition) #½ (1995)
  • Tales of the Witchblade (with Billy Tan) #2 (1997)

Image Comics and DC Comics[edit]

Image Comics and Marvel Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Wondercon Special Guests". Comic-Con Magazine. San Diego Comic-Con International: 18–19. Winter 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e David Finch at the Grand Comics Database
  3. ^ "David Finch". Lambiek Comiclopedia. December 21, 2006. Archived from the original on May 20, 2016. 
  4. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "2000s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 323. ISBN 978-0756641238. Writer Brian Michael Bendis would turn the Avengers' world on its end with this shocking new crossover event drawn by artist David Finch. 
  5. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2012). "2000s". Spider-Man Chronicle Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 289. ISBN 978-0756692360. Spider-Man had always been thought of as a solo hero and one who wouldn't work well in a team. Writer Brian Michael Bendis shattered that myth in the mid-2000s when he made Spidey a member of the New Avengers. 
  6. ^ Phegley, Kiel (December 5, 2010). "Exclusive: David Finch Signs with DC Comics". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on April 1, 2016. 
  7. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "2000s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 342. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Written by Grant Morrison with art by Tony S. Daniel, Andy Kubert, Frank Quitely, [David] Finch, and Richard Friend, this milestone issue of Batman featured an all-star roster of talent. 
  8. ^ Segura, Alex (July 13, 2010). "David Finch Takes on Batman: The Dark Knight as Writer/Artist". DC Comics. Archived from the original on April 21, 2016. Starting in November, Finch will take the reins of Batman: The Dark Knight, a new ongoing Batman title featuring the hyper-detailed and kinetic artwork Finch has become known for plus his unique and yet classic interpretation of the Caped Crusader. 
  9. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (July 13, 2010). "Gotham Calling: Finch On The Dark Knight". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. 
  10. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dougall, Alastair, ed. (2014). "2010s". Batman: A Visual History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 317. ISBN 978-1465424563. Writer/artist David Finch saw the birth of his own Batman title in the form of this new ongoing series that allowed the popular artist to explore his own Batman stories. 
  11. ^ Manning "2010s" in Dougall, p. 321: "While the original series had begun at the start of 2011 and only ran five issues, it was decided to relaunch the title in order to have the series restart with the rest of the New 52 books."
  12. ^ Truitt, Brian (August 27, 2012). "JLI annual leads to an all-new Justice League of America". USA Today. Archived from the original on September 9, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  13. ^ Manning "2010s" in Dougall, p. 339: "Writer Geoff Johns and artist David Finch revealed the true definitions of evil in this series."
  14. ^ Campbell, Josie (July 1, 2014). "Meredith, David Finch Discuss Taking Wonder Woman More 'Mainstream'". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on November 18, 2014. Azzarello and Chiang hand over the keys to the Amazonian demigod's world to the just-announced husband-and-wife team of artist David Finch and writer Meredith Finch.  Archive requires scrolldown
  15. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (June 17, 2016). "Tom King and David Finch on Relaunching Batman for DC Rebirth". IGN. Archived from the original on June 26, 2016. 
  16. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (June 16, 2016). "Tom King Says 'Batman' is 'Psychotic, Inspiring' and Doesn't Need a Rebirth". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on June 17, 2016. As part of DC's Rebirth relaunch, King is joined by superstar artist David Finch on the now bi-weekly Batman. 
  17. ^ "2009 Nominees and Winners". Joe Shuster Awards. 2009. Archived from the original on March 23, 2016. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 

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Preceded by
Marc Silvestri
Cyberforce artist
Succeeded by
Kirk Van Wormer
Preceded by
The New Avengers artist
Succeeded by
Frank Cho
Preceded by
Batman: The Dark Knight artist
Succeeded by
Ethan Van Sciver
Preceded by
Cliff Chiang
Wonder Woman vol. 4 artist
Succeeded by
Miguel Mendonca