Quitely at the New York Comic Con,
14 October 2011
1968 (age 50–51)
|Awards||Eisner Award, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009|
Harvey Award, 2007, 2008, 2009
Vincent Deighan (born 1968), better known by the pen name Frank Quitely, is a Scottish comic book artist. He is best known for his frequent collaborations with Grant Morrison on titles such as New X-Men, We3, All-Star Superman, and Batman and Robin, as well as his work with Mark Millar on The Authority and Jupiter's Legacy.
Deighan was raised in Rutherglen, although attended St. Bride's High School in East Kilbride (as his father worked there as a PE teacher). He studied at the Glasgow School of Art but did not complete his course in fine art, drawing and painting.
Deighan worked up the Scottish underground comics title Electric Soup in 1990, writing and drawing The Greens, a parody of The Broons strip published by D. C. Thomson. It was in working on this book that he adopted the pseudonym of Frank Quitely (a spoonerism of "quite frankly"), as he did not want his family to know it was his work, worried that they may have found it upsetting.
Initially Electric Soup was only distributed locally in Glasgow, then it was picked up by John Brown Publishing for widespread national UK distribution. This brought Quitely's work to the attention of Judge Dredd Megazine editor David Bishop. He was given work on Shimura, written by Robbie Morrison, and Missionary Man, by Gordon Rennie, quickly rising to prominence. He drew various stories in Paradox Press' series of The Big Book Of graphic novels, as well as work in Dark Horse Presents for Dark Horse Comics.
His first major work in American comics was Flex Mentallo in 1996, a Doom Patrol spin-off written by fellow Glaswegian Grant Morrison for DC Comics' Vertigo imprint. Initially he worked on strips for anthology titles such as Weird War Tales, and drew three issues of Jamie Delano's 2020 Visions, as well as various covers for DC. He later drew his first full length graphic novel, Batman: The Scottish Connection, with writer Alan Grant in which The Greens make a cameo appearance. Quitely and Grant worked on a one-shot titled Lobo: The Hand-to-Hand Job later retitled as It's a Man's World. Although Quitely did all the pencils, the story was not released.
2000 saw Quitely and Morrison collaborate again, on JLA: Earth 2. The graphic novel was met with positive critical response, and later that year Quitely took over from Bryan Hitch as artist on The Authority, with Mark Millar as writer.
Quitely left The Authority to draw New X-Men. Quitely illustrated a Destiny story for Neil Gaiman's The Sandman: Endless Nights hardcover graphic novel in 2003. After leaving New X-Men, Quitely drew the mini-series We3 in 2004, again in collaboration with Morrison. He shared the 2005 Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team Eisner Award in a tie with artist John Cassaday for his work on the book. That same year, he and Morrison were nominated for Best Limited Series for that book, and Quitely additionally was nominated for the Best Cover Artist Eisner for both We3 and Bite Club. He wrote and drew new instalments of The Greens for the Scottish underground comic Northern Lightz, and in 2005 Morrison and Quitely designed a series of tarot cards for Intensive Care, an album by popstar Robbie Williams.
In December 2004, Quitely signed to a two-year exclusive contract with DC Comics, where he illustrated All-Star Superman. The twelve issue series, yet another collaboration with Morrison, began publication in November 2005. Quitely and Morrison's work on the series won them the Eisner Award for Best New Series in 2006, with Quitely collecting another nomination for Best Penciller/Inker. The series won Best Continuing Series in 2007 and 2009. In 2008 Quitely illustrated the cover for the debut issue of Scottish underground comic Wasted.
In early 2009, Frank Quitely collaborated with the Scottish rock band The Phantom Band in designing artwork for a limited edition 7" single for their song "The Howling", which plays on Quitely's interest in occultism and esoterica. This was released as a limited run collector's pressing by Glasgow's Chemikal Underground Records. That same year, Quitely again teamed with Morrison, illustrated the first three issues of Batman and Robin title, which debuted in June 2009 after the "Battle for the Cowl" storyline. He provided covers through issue No. 16. Quitely was one of the artists of Batman No. 700 (Aug. 2010).
On 9 April 2011, Quitely was one of 62 comics creators who appeared at the IGN stage at the Kapow! convention in London to set two Guinness World Records, the "Fastest Production of a Comic Book" and "Most Contributors to a Comic Book". With Guinness officials on hand to monitor their progress, writer Mark Millar began work at 9 AM scripting a 20-page black and white Superior comic book, with Quitely and the other artists appearing on stage throughout the day to work on the pencils, inks, and lettering, including Dave Gibbons, John Romita Jr., Jock, Adi Granov, Doug Braithwaite, Ian Churchill, Olivier Coipel, Duncan Fegredo, Simon Furman, David Lafuente, John McCrea, Sean Phillips and Liam Sharp, who all drew a panel each, with regular Superior artist Leinil Yu creating the book's front cover. The book was completed in 11 hours, 19 minutes, and 38 seconds, and was published through Icon on 23 November 2011, with all royalties being donated to Yorkhill Children's Foundation.
Quitely was the artist on Jupiter's Legacy, a ten-issue, creator-owned miniseries published by Image Comics that premiered in September 2012. It is written by Mark Millar, who described the project as "his Star Wars", and a cross between The Lord of the Rings and a large-scale superhero crossover, albeit one that did not require the in-depth knowledge normally required of such stories, as it features entirely new characters. On July 17, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had given a series order for a television adaptation of Jupiter's Legacy.
In March 2017, an exhibition of his work was displayed at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow. A few months later, Quitely received an honorary degree as a Doctor of Letters from the University of Glasgow in recognition of his achievements.
Quitely married his high school sweetheart, Ann Jane Deighan. They live in Rutherglen with their sons, Vincent and Joseph, and their daughter, Orla. Quitely's son Vincent is also an artist who created art for St Columbkille's Church in 2011 while a pupil at Trinity High School in Cambuslang.
- 2005: Won "Best Penciller/Inker" Eisner Award for We3 (tied with John Cassaday)
- 2006: Won "Best New Series" Eisner Award for All-Star Superman with Grant Morrison
- 2008: Won "Best Artist" Harvey Award for All-Star Superman
- 2002: "Best Serialized Story" Eisner Award for New X-Men: E is for Extinction with Grant Morrison
- 2004: "Best Painter/Multimedia Artist" for The Sandman: Endless Nights: "Destiny"
- 2006: "Best Penciller/Inker" Eisner Award for All-Star Superman
- 2010: "Best Artist" Harvey Award for Batman and Robin
- Electric Soup: "The Greens" (script and art, anthology, 1989–1992)
- Judge Dredd Megazine (anthology, Fleetway):
- The Big Book of... (anthology, Paradox Press):
- "The Choking Doberman" (with Jan Harold Brunvald, in The Big Book of Urban Legends, 1994)
- "Salvador Dali" (with Carl Posey, in The Big Book of Weirdos, 1995)
- "A Visit with the Hanging Judge" (with Bronwyn Carlton, in The Big Book of Death, 1995)
- "The Physicist and the Flying Saucers" (with Doug Moench, in The Big Book of Conspiracies, 1995)
- "The Elephant Man" (with Gahan Wilson, in The Big Book of Freaks, 1996)
- "Ma Barker" (with George Francis Hagenauer, in The Big Book of Little Criminals, 1996)
- "Cottingley Fairy Photos" (with Paul M. Yellovich, in The Big Book of Hoaxes, 1996)
- "Pavel Navrotsky's Pig Pen" (with Paul Kirchner, in The Big Book of Losers, 1997)
- "St. Polycarp: The Cult of Saints" (with John Wagner, in The Big Book of Martyrs, 1997)
- Dark Horse Presents (Vol. 1) #91-93: "Blackheart" (with Robbie Morrison, anthology, Dark Horse, 1994–1995)
- Flex Mentallo #1-4 (with Grant Morrison, Vertigo, 1996)
- 2020 Visions #1-3 (with Jamie Delano, Vertigo, 1997)
- Weird War Tales (Vol. 2) #3: "New Toys" (with Grant Morrison, anthology, Vertigo, 1997)
- Gangland #1: "Your Special Day" (with Doselle Young, anthology, Vertigo, 1997)
- Batman: The Scottish Connection (with Alan Grant, one-shot, DC Comics, 1998)
- The Kingdom: Offspring (with Mark Waid, one-shot, DC Comics, 1998)
- Sh!t the Dog #3: "Floaters" (script and art, anthology, Bad Press, 1998)
- Heart Throbs (Vol 2) #2: "Romancing the Stone" (with Ilya, anthology, Vertigo, 1999)
- Flinch (anthology, Vertigo):
- Northern Lightz (various one-page strips, with Alan Grant, anthology, 1999–2005)
- Strange Adventures (Vol 2) #1: "Immune" (with Robert Rodi, anthology, Vertigo, 1999)
- JLA: Earth 2 (with Grant Morrison, graphic novel, DC Comics, 2000)
- Transmetropolitan #31: "Nobody Loves Me" (with Warren Ellis, among other artists, Vertigo, 2000)
- The Authority (Vol. 1) #13-16, 19-20, 22 (with Mark Millar, Wildstorm, 2000–2001)
- The Invisibles (Vol 3) #1: "Glitterdammerung"[Note 1] (with Grant Morrison, Vertigo, 2000)
- New X-Men (Vol 1) #114-116, 121-122, 126, 135-138 (with Grant Morrison, Marvel, 2001–2003)
- Captain America: Red, White & Blue: "They Just Fade Away" (with Jeff Jensen, anthology graphic novel, Marvel, 2002)
- The Sandman: Endless Nights: "Chapter VII: Destiny" (with Neil Gaiman and various artists, anthology graphic novel, Vertigo, 2003)
- 411 #1: "Tit-for-Tat" (with Mark Millar, anthology, Marvel, 2003)
- We3 #1-3 (with Grant Morrison, Vertigo, 2004–2005)
- All-Star Superman #1-12 (with Grant Morrison, DC Comics, 2005–2008)
- Batman and Robin (Vol. 1) #1-3: "Batman Reborn" (with Grant Morrison, DC Comics, 2009)
- Batman (Vol 1) #700: "Today" (with Grant Morrison and Scott Kolins, DC Comics, 2009)
- DC Universe: Legacies #8: "Snapshot: Revelation!" (with Len Wein, co-feature, DC Comics, 2011)
- Jupiter's Legacy #1-10 (with Mark Millar, Image, 2013–2016)
- The Multiversity: Pax Americana: "In Which We Burn" (with Grant Morrison, one-shot, DC Comics, 2015)
- Judge Dredd Megazine (Vol. 3) #19, 32 & 301 (Fleetway/Rebellion Developments, 1996–1997 & 2010)
- Negative Burn (Vol 1)#38 (Caliber, 1996)
- JLA Gallery #1 (DC Comics, 1997)
- Transmetropolitan #4-6 (Vertigo, 1997–1998)
- Vamps: Pumpkin Time #1-3 (Vertigo, 1998–1999)
- James Murphy's August #1 (Bigger Betty, 1998)
- The Foot Soldiers (Vol. 2) #3 (Image, 1998)
- Avengers Forever #4 (Marvel, 1999)
- The Authority (Vol. 1) #17-18, 21 (Wildstorm, 2000–2001)
- Gen-Active #5 (Wildstorm, 2001)
- New X-Men (Vol. 1) #117-120, 127, 132-133 (Marvel, 2001–2003)
- Wizard Ace Edition: Uncanny X-Men #94 (Marvel, 2002)
- X-Statix #4 (Marvel, 2003)
- Puffed #1 (Image, 2003)
- Youngblood: Bloodsport #1 (Arcade, 2003)
- Masters of the Universe (Vol. 3) #1 (MVCreations, 2004)
- Bite Club #1-6 & Vampire Crime Unit #1-2 (Vertigo, 2004 & 2006)
- Books of Magick: Life During Wartime #1-5, 7, 9, 11 (Vertigo, 2004–2005)
- Wanted #6 (Top Cow, 2005)
- Jonah Hex (Vol. 2) #1 (DC Comics, 2006)
- American Virgin #1-3 (Vertigo, 2006)
- All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder #10 (DC Comics, 2008)
- Wasted #1 (Bad Press, 2008)
- Birds of Prey (Vol. 1) #125 (DC Comics, 2009)
- Madame Xanadu #6 (Vertigo, 2009)
- DCU Holiday Special '09 (DC Comics, 2009)
- Final Crisis: Secret Files (DC Comics, 2009)
- Wonder Woman (Vol. 3) #27 (DC Comics, 2009)
- Olympus #2 (Image, 2009)
- Batman and Robin (Vol. 1) #4-16 (DC Comics, 2009–2010)
- Superman/Batman #75 (DC Comics, 2010)
- Green Lantern (Vol. 4) #60 (DC Comics, 2011)
- Teen Titans (Vol. 3) #89 (DC Comics, 2011)
- T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents (Vol. 3) #1 (DC Comics, 2011)
- The CBLDF Presents Liberty Annual '11 (Image, 2011)
- Channel Evil #3 (Renegade, 2012)
- Batman Incorporated (Vol. 2) #1 (DC Comics, 2012)
- The Walking Dead #100 (Image, 2012)
- Happy! #4 (Image, 2013)
- Django Unchained #5 (Vertigo, 2013)
- Elephantmen #50 (Image, 2013)
- House of Gold and Bones #4 (Dark Horse, 2013)
- Jupiter's Circle #1-12 (Image, 2015–2016)
- Super Sons #1 (DC Comics, 2017)
- The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #9 (DC Comics, 2017)
- Kingsman: The Red Diamond #1 (Image, 2017)
- Kid Lobotomy #1 (IDW, 2017)
- Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville #1 (Boom!, 2017)
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Writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely brought the Crime Syndicate of America back to DC continuity in JLA: Earth 2.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
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X-Men comics...seemed to lack the innovation and creative direction that had given the team such staying power. That all changed when respected writer Grant Morrison and talented artist Frank Quitely took center stage.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
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- The final issue; the series' third and final volume was numbered in reverse order.
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