Ethan Van Sciver

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Ethan Van Sciver
Van Sciver in October 2010
Born Ethan Daniel Van Sciver
(1974-09-03) September 3, 1974 (age 43)
Utah, United States
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Penciller, Inker
Notable works
Green Lantern: Rebirth
The Flash: Rebirth
"Sinestro Corps War"

Ethan Daniel Van Sciver[1] (/ˌvænˈskvər/) (born September 3, 1974)[2] is an American comic book artist, known for illustrating or drawing covers for a number of high-profile superhero titles, primarily for DC Comics and also Marvel Comics. The series he has illustrated include Green Lantern, New X-Men, and The Flash: Rebirth.

Early life[edit]

Ethan Van Sciver was born September 3, 1974[2] in Utah. He and his younger brother, alternative cartoonist Noah Van Sciver,[3] grew up in southern New Jersey.[1]

Van Sciver decided on a career in the comic- book field after seeing the 1978 movie Superman as a child, but only began to read comics intently with John Byrne's The Man of Steel in 1986.[4] He cites Chris Claremont and Jon Bogdanove's Fantastic Four vs. the X-Men (1987) as a strong influence.[4]


While in high school, Van Sciver did various art-related jobs, which included painting murals of Native Americans, drawing caricatures for mall customers, illustrating children's books, and airbrushing t-shirts.[1]

Van Sciver'a first comics work was published in 1994, writing and drawing what he later called "a horrible little character called CyberFrog",[4] published by Hall of Heroes and later Harris Comics.[1][5]

His first work for DC Comics was in 1998,[5] which led to him being hired in 1999 as the artist on the series Impulse, with writer Todd Dezago.[5] This was followed in 2001 by the first of what would become several collaborations with writer Geoff Johns, on the superhero-horror one-shot The Flash: Iron Heights.[4]

Ethan Van Sciver drawing at Comicon fest, Athens, 2008

Van Sciver was hired by Marvel Comics in 2001 to work on New X-Men, a retitled and revamped series (beginning with #114) written by Grant Morrison.[5] The series' primary artist Frank Quitely was not expected to illustrate the necessary twelve issues per year, so Van Sciver was scheduled to illustrate two issues per year, which expanded to more issues as Igor Kordey was also hired as a semi-regular artist.[4] In issue #133 of this series, Morrison and Van Sciver co-created the character Dust, a Sunni Muslim mutant who can transform into sand.[6]

Returning to work primarily for DC, Van Sciver worked with Johns on the six-issue miniseries Green Lantern: Rebirth (2004) which restored the Silver Age character Hal Jordan as the publisher's primary Green Lantern. They then worked together on an ongoing series featuring the character.[7] During this time Van Sciver was one of the artists who contributed to a series of instructional books for amateur comics artists, published by Wizard magazine.

In 2006, Van Sciver penciled the cover art for metal band Winger's fourth studio album. The cover art was also sold as a poster called "Guardian of Freedom".[citation needed]

Johns, Van Sciver, Dave Gibbons, Ivan Reis, and others produced "Sinestro Corps War", a high-profile 11-issue story appearing in DC's two Green Lantern monthly series in 2007. Van Sciver and Johns produced the six-issue mini-series The Flash: Rebirth (2009) which – like the earlier Green Lantern mini-series – reintroduced the Silver Age character Barry Allen as the Flash. The same year, he drew variant covers for DC's crossover storyline Blackest Night.[5] In 2011, as part of DC's "New 52" initiative, he was the artist – and co-writer with Gail Simone – of The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men.[5] Starting in 2016, as part of the "DC Rebirth" relaunch of DC's titles, Van Sciver drew issues of the Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps series.

In 2017, he penciled illustrations for 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, a self-help book by Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson. That year he also began a YouTube channel called ComicArtistPro Secrets, which features demonstrations of illustration tools and techniques, and commentary about comics and fan culture.[8][9]

No longer working for DC, in 2018 Van Sciver announced that he would instead produce his own comics, beginning with a crowdfunded comic featuring his early character CyberFrog.[10]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • January 2010 Inkwell Awards Ambassador (January 2010 – present)[11]
  • 2008 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team: (Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps (DC Comics)[12]

Personal life[edit]

As of August 2005, Van Sciver resided in Orlando, Florida.[1]

He is a Republican.[13]


As artist unless otherwise noted.


Hall of Heroes[edit]

  • CyberFrog #1–2 (1994), writer/artist
  • Fuzzy Buzzard and Friends (April, 1995), writer/artist

Harris Comics[edit]

  • CyberFrog Vol 2 #1-16 (1996–1998, writer/artist)
    • CyberFrog : Censored #1 (1996) one-shot, writer/artist
    • CyberFrog: Reservoir Frog #1–2 (1996) miniseries, writer/artist
    • CyberFrog vs Creed #1 (1997); CyberFrog (co-writer/artist)
    • CyberFrog: 3rd Anniversary #1–2 (1997) Special miniseries, writer/artist
    • CyberFrog: The Origin - Ashcan Preview #1 (1997) one-shot, writer/artist
    • CyberFrog: Amphibionix #1 (2001) one-shot, writer/artist
  • Vampirella: Crossover Gallery #1 (1997)
  • Vampirella / Shadowhawk: Creatures of the Night (1995) #1

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

  • Deadpool Classics TPB The Day the World Got Ill #20
  • Heroes Reborn: Remnants 1
  • Heroes Reborn: The Return TPB 1
  • New X-Men GN-TPB By Grant Morrison 1 - 4
  • New X-Men Omnibus (HC) 1
  • New X-Men TPB 2 - 3
  • New X-Men TPB By Grant Morrison Ultimate Collection 1 - 2
  • X-Men (II) • New X-Men (I) • X-Men Legacy (I) #117 - 118, 123, 133
  • Heroes Reborn Remnants #1 (2000)
  • Heroes Reborn The Return #1 (1997)
  • New X-Men #117–118, 123, 133 (2001–2002)
  • Weapon X Omnibus (HC): The Return #1
  • Weapon X TPB (I) #1
  • Weapon X: The Draft – Wild Child (2002)
  • Wolverine #179 (2002)

Cover work[edit]

  • Heroes Reborn Remnants #1
  • New X-Men TPB By Grant Morrison Ultimate Collection 2
  • X-Men (II) • New X-Men (I) • X-Men Legacy (I) #124-125, 128, 130-131, 134, 146


  • Claw of the Conquered #1a, 1b (2006-2007) (cover artist)


  • Wizard How to Draw - TPB vol. 01 "The Best of Basic Training: Volume 1". 2005. ISBN 0976287404.  (co-writer)
  • Wizard How to Draw - TPB vol. 02 "Heroic Anatomy". 2005. ISBN 0976287455.  (co-writer)
  • Wizard How to Draw - TPB vol. 03 "Character Creation". 2005. ISBN 0976287471.  (co-writer)
  • Wizard How to Draw - TPB vol. 04 "Storytelling". 2005. ISBN 0977861309.  (co-writer)


  1. ^ a b c d e Storniolo, Mike (August 13, 2005). "Ethan Van Sciver: In Brightest Day..." Comics Bulletin. Archived from the original on May 23, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2008.  (No date on article; date appears in the website's articles listing.)
  2. ^ a b 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. 
  3. ^ "Noah Van Sciver". Lambiek Comiclopedia. April 14, 2012. Archived from the original on June 28, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Collins, Sean T. (July 21, 2008). "CCI: Spotlight on Ethan Van Sciver". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Ethan Van Sciver at the Grand Comics Database
  6. ^ Strömberg, Fredrik (2014). "Race and Ethnicity". In Booker, M. Keith. Comics Through Time. 4. Santa Barbara, California: Greenwood. p. 1710. ISBN 9780313397509. 
  7. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "2000s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 315. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Geoff Johns' story was beautifully brought to life by penciller Ethan Van Sciver. 
  8. ^ "There's An Online Harassment Campaign Underway Against People Advocating For Diversity In Comics". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved 2018-07-18. 
  9. ^ Elbein, Asher (2018-04-02). "#Comicsgate: How an Anti-Diversity Harassment Campaign in Comics Got Ugly—and Profitable". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2018-07-18. 
  10. ^ Arrant, Chris. "Ethan Van Sciver Exits DC Comics". Newsarama. Retrieved 2018-06-13. 
  11. ^ "Inkwell Awards Ambassadors". Inkwell Awards. March 22, 2011. Archived from the original on March 1, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Ethan Van Sciver". Comic Book Db. 
  13. ^ Johsnton, Rich (August 14, 2017). "No, Ethan Van Sciver Is Not A Nazi". Bleeding Cool.

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