Doug Allen

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Doug Allen
Born (1956-02-22) February 22, 1956 (age 63)
Area(s)Cartoonist, Illustrator, Musician
Notable works

Doug Allen (born February 22, 1956)[1] is an American underground cartoonist, illustrator, and musician. Best known for his long-running comic strip Steven, Allen has over the years collaborated with long-time friend Gary Leib on music, animation, fine art, and comics, including the two-man Fantagraphics anthology Idiotland.


After attending Brown University for a time,[2] Allen graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) 1978 with an illustration degree.[3] He met Gary Leib at RISD.

In addition to the weekly feature Steven, which ran in college and alternative newspapers from 1977–1994,[2] Allen's comics, gag cartoons, and illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, BLAB!, Zero Zero, Weirdo, Pictopia, and Duplex Planet Illustrated. In addition to Idiotland, Allen and Leib collaborated on a number of stories in the fund-raising anthology comic Legal Action Comics volume 1, published in 2001.

Allen's non-comics work includes Plexiglas paintings based on pinball machine art, most of which he produced in the late 1970s; and a more recent series of "fake" marine art paintings, which he sells on his website.

Along with Leib, Allen was a founding member of the Grammy-nominated band Rubber Rodeo from 1978–1982. Allen has played bass for many other bands as well.[3]

Allen and his wife and two children live in Rockland County, New York.[3]


  • Harvey Award nominee 1994
    • Best New Series (Idiotland)
    • Best Syndicated Strip (Steven)


  • Steven (8 issues, Kitchen Sink Press, 1989–1996); followed by The Best of "Steven" (Kitchen Sink Press, 1998)
  • Idiotland (7 issues, Fantagraphics, 1993–1994)


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Allen entry Archived February 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999.
  3. ^ a b c Allen bio,'s Comiclopedia.


  • Doug Allen at the Comic Book DB
  • Kelly, John. "Idiot of the Savant-Garde: Doug Allen," The Comics Journal #156 (February 1993), pp. 78–88.

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