Joseph Michael Linsner

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Joseph Michael Linsner
Born (1968-12-13) December 13, 1968 (age 53)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Area(s)Writer, Penciller, Colourist
Notable works
AwardsInkpot Award, 2007
Spouse(s)Kristina Deak-Linsner

Joseph Michael Linsner (b. December 13, 1968)[1] is an American comic book writer/artist, known as the creator of the mature-audiences supernatural character Dawn,[2] and for his illustrations of female characters. He is a popular cover artist in the comics industry.[3][2]

Early life[edit]

Linsner was born in Queens, New York,[1] one of three brothers. His father died when Joseph was 14 years old.[4] Linsner grew up with a fascination for Batman, the X-Men, Conan the Barbarian,[5] and the pinup artist Alberto Vargas.[4] Later influences included Alan Moore, Pat Mills, and David Cronenberg.[5]


Linsner introduced the lingerie-wearing occult character Dawn in Cry for Dawn,[3] a nine-issue series self-published by Linsner and Joseph M. Monks' Cry for Dawn Productions (CFD), beginning in 1989.[6][7] CFD dissolved in late 1993,[8] and Linsner took Dawn to a new publisher he helped found, Sirius Entertainment;[9] Dawn was published by Sirius for several limited series and one-shots[10] from 1995 to 2000.

Linsner broke into mainstream comics drawing the cover of Justice League Quarterly #13 (Winter 1993). His Marvel Comics work includes the one-shot Killraven #1 (Feb. 2001),[5] several covers for the company's mid-2000s Mystique series, and painted covers and interior penciling and inking for the Wolverine-Black Cat three-issue limited series Claws (Oct.-Dec., 2006), followed in 2011 by the three-issue limited series Wolverine & Black Cat: Claws 2 (Aug.–Nov., 2011).

In 2002, Linsner self-published I Love New York, a benefit book for the American Red Cross following the September 11 attacks; the comic presents his perceptions as a native New Yorker on that day.[11][12]

Image Comics released the 176-page paperback The Art of Joseph Michael Linsner (ISBN 978-1582403250) in October 2003.

He provided the illustrations for the 2007 book Our Gods Wear Spandex: The Secret History of Comic Book Heroes by Christopher Knowles (ISBN 1-57863-406-7).

Linsner drew the cover of Dark Fantasy Productions' Dark Fantasy #1 (1994). He drew the cover of the crossover one-shot Witchblade/The Punisher #1 (June 2007), and has also done painted comic book cover art for Topps Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and others. He did his first cover for Dynamite Entertainment in 2007 (Red Sonja), and since 2012 has been one of the company's most prolific cover artists,[10] mainly for its collections of comics featuring such licensed characters as Red Sonja, Vampirella, Bettie Page, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Dejah Thoris, and Jennifer Blood.

Linsner has a lengthy association with The Hero Initiative, the not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping comic book creators, writers, and artists in need.[13][14][15]


In 2013, in the pages of a Dawn comic, Linsner accused his former assistant Eva Hopkins of acquiring and selling his original pages without his consent. Hopkins denied the allegations, and an online war of words erupted between the two creators.[16][17]

Personal life[edit]

Linsner is married to Kristina Deak-Linsner.[3]

Awards and honors[edit]

Linsner was nominated for the 1997 Eisner Award for Best Painter/Digital Artist.[18]

He was given an Inkpot Award at the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con.[19] Along with Herb Trimpe and Greg Land, Linsner was a guest of honor at the 2008 Toronto Comic Con.


  • Cry for Dawn #1–9 (CFD Productions, 1989–1991)
  • Subtle Violents (CFD Productions, 1991)
  • Drama (Sirius Entertainment, 1994)
  • Angry Christ Comix (Sirius Entertainment, 1994)
  • Eleven or One: An Angry Christ Comic (Sirius Entertainment, 1995)
  • Dawn #1–5 (Sirius Entertainment, 1995–1996)
  • Crypt of Dawn #1–6 (Sirius Entertainment, 1996–1999)
    • collected in The Best of Crypt of Dawn (Sirius Entertainment, Inc., 2000)
  • Dawn: Lucifer's Halo #1 (Sirius Entertainment, Nov. 1997, ISBN 1-57989-014-8) — collects material from Drama (Sirius Entertainment, 1994) and Dawn (Sirius Entertainment, 1995)
  • Dawn 1/2: Dreams of Dawn (Sirius Entertainment, 1999)
  • Dawn 1/2 (Sirius Entertainment/Wizard, 2000)
  • Dawn: the Return of the Goddess (Sirius Entertainment, 1999-2000)
  • Killraven #1 (Marvel Comics, Feb. 2001)
  • Dark Ivory #0 ((, Winter 2001) — co-created and co-written with Eva Hopkins[5]
  • I Love New York (, 2002)
  • Dawn: Three Tiers #1–6 (Image Comics, 2003–2005)
  • Claws #1–3 (Marvel Comics, 2006)
  • Dark Ivory #1–4 (Image Comics, 2008–2009) — co-written with Eva Hopkins
  • Dawn: Not to Touch the Earth (Image Comics, 2010)
  • Wolverine & Black Cat: Claws 2 #1–3 (Marvel Comics, 2011)
  • Dawn: The Swordmaster's Daughter (Image Comics 2013)[20]
  • Sin Boldly (Image Comics, 2013)[21]
  • Dawn/Vampirella #1–5[22] (Dynamite Entertainment, 2014–2015)
    • collected in Dawn/Vampirella (Dynamite Entertainment, 2019)
  • Harley Quinn #4,[23] 10, 15, 16, 20 (DC Comics, 2015–2017) — a few pages in each issue

Further reading[edit]

  • "News Watch: Publisher, Creator of Cry for Dawn Raise Forgery Allegations," The Comics Journal #193 (Feb. 1997), p. 28.



  1. ^ a b Creator entry, Grand Comics Database. Retrieved Dec. 13, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Linsner bio, Lambiek's Comiclopedia. Retrieved May 17, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c Destito, Deanna. "Dynamite & Joseph Michael Linsner Celebrate DAWN’s 30th Anniversary: Just like Vampi and Chaos! before her, Linsner’s iconic Dawn is celebrating a milestone," The Beat (Aug. 29, 2019).
  4. ^ a b Linser, Joseph Michael. "Look Back in Anger," in Dawn: The Swordmaster's Daughter (Image Comics 2013).
  5. ^ a b c d Figureid, Jocelyn. "The Life of Linsner: Joseph Michael Linsner," Sequential Tart (Jan. 2001).
  6. ^ Cry for Dawn Productions entry, Grand Comics Database. Retrieved Dec. 13, 2021.
  7. ^ Linsner entry, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999. Retrieved Dec. 13, 2021.
  8. ^ "Newswatch: Cry For Dawn Productions Dissolves," The Comics Journal #167 (Apr. 1994), p. 23.
  9. ^ Fassbender, Tom. "A Sirius Interview: With Two Sirius Guys," Capital Comics Internal Correspondance (May 1995), pp. 1–3.
  10. ^ a b "BALTIMORE COMIC-CON 2022 GUEST: JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER: Writer and Artist," Baltimore Comic-Con official website. Retrieved Dec. 13, 2021.
  11. ^ Groth, Gary. "Reviews: Bullets," The Comics Journal #247 (Oct. 2002), p. 45.
  12. ^ Johnston, Rich. "24 Comics And Graphic Novels Published About 9/11," Bleeding Cool (September 11, 2021).
  13. ^ CBR Staff. Hero Initiative Spends Labor Day Weekend at Dragon*Con," CBR (Aug. 31, 2010).
  14. ^ CBR Staff. "Hero Initiative Travels to New York Comic Con," CBR (Oct. 5, 2010).
  15. ^ CBR Staff. "Hero Initiative Hits WonderCon 2012 with 'Dawn' Creator Joseph Michael Linsner," CBR (Mar. 12, 2012).
  16. ^ Johnston, Rich. "Fanboy Rampage: Joseph Michael Linsner Vs Eva Hopkins (UPDATE)," Bleeding Cool (July 13, 2013).
  17. ^ Johnston, Rich. "Fanboy Rampage: Joseph Michael Linsner And Eva Hopkins, Part Two," Bleeding Cool (July 15, 2013 ).
  18. ^ "1997 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees, Comic Book Awards Almanac".
  19. ^ Inkpot Award Winners," Comic Book Awards Almanac. Retrieved Dec. 13, 2021.
  20. ^ Damore, Meagan. "Dawn: The Swordmaster's Daughter and Other Stories: Joseph Michael Linsner's 'Dawn the Swordmaster's Daughter and Other Stories' explores the past of Dawn, the goddess of rebirth, and her lover Darrian Ashoka through the inventive retelling of three separate folktales," CBR (July 15, 2013).
  21. ^ Gilly, Casey. "EXCLUSIVE: Linsner & Image Prepare to 'Sin Boldly': Sinful Suzi and Obsidian Stone are ready to take center stage in acclaimed creator Joseph Michael Linsner's Image Comics one-shot, 'Sin Boldly,'" CBR (Dec. 5, 2013).
  22. ^ Dawn/Vampirella #5 preview, CBR (Oct. 19, 2015).
  23. ^ Harley Quinn #4 preview, CBR (Sept. 20, 2016). Retrieved May 17, 2022.


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