Ed Hannigan

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Ed Hannigan
Born (1951-08-06) August 6, 1951 (age 64)
Area(s) Writer, Penciller, Editor
Notable works
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight
The Defenders
Green Arrow
The Spectacular Spider-Man

Ed Hannigan (born August 6,[1] 1951)[2] is an American writer, artist, and editor of comic books for both Marvel Comics and DC Comics.[3]


Ed Hannigan's first credited comics story was published in Marvel Comics' licensed Planet of the Apes #5 (Feb. 1975).[4] His most notable writing credits include work on The Defenders from issue #70 (April 1979) to #91 (Jan. 1981).[5] As the artist on The Spectacular Spider-Man, Hannigan co-created the characters Cloak and Dagger.[6]

At DC Comics, Hannigan redesigned the Brainiac character into a chromed, more robotic form.[7][8] He pencilled the covers on Batman in a lengthy run that spanned the majority of 1983–1985 with Don Newton providing the interior art. Hannigan and writer Mike Grell launched the first Green Arrow ongoing series in February 1988.[9] The Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight series began in November 1989 with the five-part "Shaman" storyline by Hannigan and writer Dennis O'Neil.[10] He both wrote and illustrated the three-issue prestige format series Skull & Bones for DC in 1992.

Hannigan and his wife Heidi are the parents of Jean Anne, born in 1989.[11]

In January 2010, Marvel Comics and The Hero Initiative published Ed Hannigan: Covered a fundraising effort to assist with Hannigan's medical expenses due to multiple sclerosis.[2]


DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Exclusive Preview: Ed Hannigan: Covered". Comic Book Resources. January 7, 2010. Archived from the original on October 13, 2012. Retrieved November 21, 2010. Today, [January 7, 2010,] Ed is 58 years old and has multiple sclerosis. 
  3. ^ "Ed Hannigan". Lambiek Comiclopedia. December 28, 2007. Archived from the original on May 6, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ Ed Hannigan at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^ DeAngelo, Daniel (July 2013). "The Not-Ready-For-Super-Team Players A History of the Defenders". Back Issue! (TwoMorrows Publishing) (65): 10–12. 
  6. ^ DeFalco, Tom; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1980s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. Dorling Kindersley. p. 207. ISBN 978-0756641238. Cloak and Dagger's first appearance was written by Bill Mantlo and illustrated by Ed Hannigan. A socially conscious writer, Mantlo used the characters to address the problems of teenage runaways and the dangers of illegal drugs. 
  7. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 202. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gil Kane chronicled Brainiac's evolution into robot form (designed by Ed Hannigan). 
  8. ^ Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show special features (DVD). Warner Home Video. 2007. 
  9. ^ Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 233: "Mike Grell continued the evolution of the character of Oliver Queen that began in 1987's Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters with an ongoing monthly series...The series featured pencils by Ed Hannigan, with covers by Grell."
  10. ^ Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 241: "Written by Dennis O'Neil with art by Edward Hannigan, 'Shaman' helped jump-start this popular new title."
  11. ^ "DCI with Johnny DC," Legion of Super-Heroes #3 (Jan. 1990).

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Preceded by
George Tuska
The Defenders artist
Succeeded by
Herb Trimpe
Preceded by
Jo Duffy
The Defenders writer
Succeeded by
J. M. DeMatteis
Preceded by
Jim Shooter
The Spectacular Spider-Man artist
Succeeded by
Al Milgrom
Preceded by
Green Arrow artist
Succeeded by
Dan Jurgens
Preceded by
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight artist
Succeeded by
Klaus Janson