Jamie McKelvie

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Jamie McKelvie
McKelvie at the New York Comic Con in Manhattan, 10 October 2010.
Born 8 May 1980 (38 years)
United Kingdom
Nationality British
Area(s) Cartoonist, Writer, Penciller, Inker, Letterer
Notable works
The Wicked + The Divine
Long Hot Summer
Young Avengers

Jamie McKelvie is a British cartoonist and illustrator, known for his both work on books such as Phonogram, Young Avengers and The Wicked + The Divine, and his approach to comic character design.


Since 2003, McKelvie has collaborated with Kieron Gillen on a number of works. This started with a comic strip for the official PlayStation Magazine UK, entitled Save Point, which ran for at least three years.[1] Their first comic book together was Phonogram, a six-issue series in 2006, which was followed by two sequel series in 2008 and 2015 with Matt Wilson. The three worked together on a relaunch of Young Avengers for Marvel in 2013.[2] Currently they working together on new series called The Wicked + The Divine, which launched in 2014.[3]

His first creator-owned series as both writer and artist, Suburban Glamour, was published in 2008, with Guy Major and Matthew Wilson as colourists. He has done various work for Marvel Comics, including a run on Defenders with Matt Fraction, and the X-Men: Season One graphic novel with Dennis Hopeless.

McKelvie's artwork also graces the covers of the Art Brut album Brilliant! Tragic! and the single "Lost Weekend",[4][5][6] and of two novels by writer Mur Lafferty.[7]

Character design[edit]

McKelvie has redesigned a number of characters' costumes, including the 2012 redesign of long-time character Carol Danvers, for a relaunch of the character as the new Captain Marvel,[8] and, in late 2013, the design for Kamala Khan's outfit when she becomes Ms Marvel.[9] He has also made available his personal takes on Wonder Woman,[10] Iron Man[11] and Cyclops.[12]

McKelvie has said that he emphasises practicality when creating his Marvel designs, stating that he considers the "message a [..] character's design is putting across",[13] and specifically for Ms. Marvel, the design reflects "the Captain Marvel legacy, and also her story and her background".[14]



Interior work[edit]

  • "Loss" (with writer Amber Benson, in Four Letter Worlds, 144 pages, Image Comics, April 2005, ISBN 1-58240-439-9)
  • Long Hot Summer (with Eric Stephenson, graphic novel, 96 pages, Image Comics, September 2005, ISBN 1-58240-559-X)
  • Phonogram (with Kieron Gillen, three volume limited series, Image Comics, 2006, 2009, 2015): collected as:
  • Suburban Glamour (script and art, 4-issue mini-series, Image Comics, October 2007. tpb, 104 pages, Image, April 2008, ISBN 1-58240-878-5)
  • "Migas" (with writer Matt Fraction, Nightcrawler story in X-Men: Divided We Stand No. 1, comics anthology, Marvel Comics, June 2008)
  • Cable (with writer Duane Swierczynski, issues 11 and 12, Marvel Comics, 2009): collected within:
    • X-Force/Cable: Messiah War (collects X-Men: The Times and Life of Lucas Bishop #1–3, Cable #11–15, X-Force #14–16, X-Force/Cable: Messiah War One-Shot and X-Men: Future History – The Messiah War Sourcebook, tpb, 336 pages, ISBN 0785131736)
  • Gotham Gazette (part, with writer Fabian Nicieza, issues Batman Dead? No. 1 and Batman Alive? No. 1, DC Comics): collected within:
  • SIEGE Loki (with writer Kieron Gillen, one shot (April 2010), Marvel Comics): collected within:
  • Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man (with writer Brian Michael Bendis, Co-Artist Issue 150, Marvel Comics)
  • Invincible Iron Man (with writer Matt Fraction, back up stories in issues 32 and 33, Marvel Comics)
  • Generation Hope (with writer Kieron Gillen, issues 5 and 9, Marvel Comics): collected within:
  • Secret Avengers (with writer Warren Ellis, issue 16, Marvel Comics, August 2011): collected within
    • Run The Mission, Don't Get Seen, Save The World (collects #16–21, tpb, 144 pages, ISBN 0-78515-255-5)
  • X-Men Season One (with writer Dennis Hopeless, graphic novel, 136 pages, Marvel Comics, March 2012, ISBN 0-78515-645-3)
  • Defenders (with writer Matt Fraction, issues 8–11): collected within
  • Marvel Now Point One (part, with Kieron Gillen, Marvel Comics, 2012)
  • Young Avengers (with Kieron Gillen and Matt Wilson, Marvel Comics, 2013-4): collected as:
  • The Wicked + The Divine (with Kieron Gillen and Matt Wilson, Image Comics, 2014–): collected as:

Cover work[edit]


  • Kudos 2, Positech Games


  1. ^ Greg Burgas (26 August 2006). "Ten questions with Kieron Gillen". CBR. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  2. ^ Richards, Dave (9 October 2012). "EXCLUSIVE: Gillen & McKelvie Assemble New Volume of "Young Avengers"". Comic Book Resources.
  3. ^ Wheeler, Andrew (9 January 2014). " Exclusive: Gillen & McKelvie Announce 'The Wicked + the Divine' For Image" Archived 29 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine.. Comics Alliance.
  4. ^ Khouri, Andy (4 March 2011). " Jamie McKelvie’s Art Brut Album Cover with Exclusive Kieron Gillen Commentary" Archived 10 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine.. Comics Alliance.
  5. ^ " Art Brut's 'Brilliant! Tragic!' album cover art by Jamie McKelvie". Marvel.com. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  6. ^ Reed, Patrick A. (1 September 2011). "Pop Music Comics: Brilliant! Tragic! (inspired by the songs Of Art Brut)". Depth of Field Magazine.
  7. ^ Orbit Books (4 January 2013).Cover Story: THE SHAMBLING GUIDE TO NYC by Mur Lafferty
  8. ^ Ching, Albert (22 March 2012). "Jamie McKelvie Details his Captain Marvel Redesign". Newsarama..
  9. ^ "P:R Approved: Jamie McKelvie's Ms. Marvel". Project Rooftop. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Wonder Woman by Jamie McKelvie". Project Rooftop. 26 April 2006. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Jamie McKelvie's Iron Man". Project Rooftop. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Jamie McKelvie Presents…X-Men's Cyclops with Moustache". ifanboy.com. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  13. ^ Albert Ching (22 March 2012). "Jamie McKelvie Details his CAPTAIN MARVEL Redesign". Newsarama. Retrieved 8 May 2016.

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