Kevin Maguire (artist)

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Kevin Maguire
Maguire at the Big Apple Convention in Manhattan, October 18, 2009
Born (1960-09-09) September 9, 1960 (age 60)
Kearny, New Jersey[1]
Area(s)Writer, Penciller, Inker
Notable works
Justice League
The Defenders
AwardsRuss Manning Best Newcomer Award (1988)

Kevin Maguire (born September 9, 1960)[2] is an American comics artist, known for his work on series such as Justice League, Batman Confidential, Captain America, and X-Men.


Maguire's first credited published comics work was The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe vol. 2 #6 in 1986. He debuted at DC Comics with artwork in Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #23 and 25.[3] In 1987, Maguire was the artist on the relaunch of Justice League written by Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis.[4] Maguire left the series with issue #24 (February 1989)[3] but returned for Giffen and DeMatteis' final story in #60 (March 1992).[5] The two writers and Maguire reunited in 2003 for the Formerly Known as the Justice League miniseries[6] and its 2005 sequel, "I Can't Believe It's Not the Justice League" published in JLA Classified. Maguire's collaborations with Giffen and DeMatteis include The Defenders at Marvel in 2005, a DC Retroactive: Justice League - The '90s one-shot in 2011, and the Metal Men back-up stories in the 2009 revival of the Doom Patrol.

Maguire was one of the artists who launched the Team Titans series in 1992.[7] He has frequently collaborated with writer Fabian Nicieza on series such as Adventures of Captain America, X-Men Forever, and Batman Confidential.[3]

Maguire and George Pérez alternated as artists of the revival of the Worlds' Finest series, which was written by Paul Levitz.[8] Maguire was to have reunited with Giffen and DeMatteis on the Justice League 3000 series,[9] but was removed from the project by DC.[10] Maguire and writer Marc Andreyko became the creative team on Supergirl vol. 7 as of issue #21 in August 2018.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

Comedian and late night talk shot host Seth Meyers has named Maguire as his favorite comic book artist.[12]

Writer Marc Andreyko praised Maguire stating "Basically, the right artist for any project is Kevin Maguire. He’s an absolute genius, an underappreciated genius." and "He has some of the best grasp of facial expressions and character acting of almost any artist working in the business."[11]


Interior art[edit]

Acclaim Comics[edit]

  • Trinity Angels #1–5, 12 (1997–1998)

DC Comics[edit]

Image Comics[edit]

  • Strikeback! #1–5 (Also writer. Reprint of Malibu/Bravura #1–3, with new issues #4 and #5 completing the story) (1996)
  • Velocity: Pilot Season #1 (2007)
  • WildC.A.T.s #22 (1995)
  • Wildstorm Rising #2 (1995)

Malibu Comics[edit]

  • Strikeback!, miniseries, #1–3 (Also writer. 1994, under "Bravura" imprint)

Marvel Comics[edit]

Covers only[edit]

Atomeka Press[edit]

Black Bull Entertainment[edit]

Dark Horse Comics[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

IDW Publishing[edit]

Malibu Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]




  1. ^ Khoury, George; Nolen-Weathington, Eric (2007). Modern Masters Volume 10: Kevin Maguire. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 6. ISBN 978-1893905665.
  2. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Kevin Maguire at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 228. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. It was clear that the [Justice League] needed a major overhaul. But no one quite expected how drastic the transformation would truly be in the hands of writers Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis and artist Kevin Maguire.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 251: "The lauded Giffen/DeMatteis era of the Justice League came to a dramatic close with 'Breakdowns', a sixteen-part storyline that crossed through the pages of both Justice League America and Justice League Europe'."
  6. ^ Cowsill, Alan "2000s" in Dolan, p. 311: "In 2003, writers J. M. DeMatteis and Keith Giffen and original artist Kevin Maguire worked on a six-part series reuniting [their version of] the team."
  7. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 254: "Marv Wolfman supplied the scripts for each issue, while the art was handled by Kevin Maguire, Gabriel Morrissette, Adam Hughes, Michael Netzer, Kerry Gammill, and Phil Jimenez."
  8. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (January 13, 2012). "Paul Levitz Explains More About Worlds' Finest, Earth 2". Newsarama. Archived from the original on January 29, 2012. Retrieved January 29, 2012.
  9. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (June 18, 2013). "Giffen, DeMatteis Spill On Justice League 3000, Answer Legion Connection". Newsarama. Archived from the original on June 24, 2013. Retrieved June 23, 2013.
  10. ^ Sunu, Steve (August 8, 2013). "Update: Kevin Maguire Off Justice League 3000". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on August 18, 2013. Retrieved August 18, 2013. Kevin Maguire has clarified his earlier statements on social media saying he was fired with a post on Facebook, which states that while he still has projects coming down the line from DC Comics, he is no longer working on the highly anticipated Justice League 3000 with fellow former "Justice League" collaborators Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis.
  11. ^ a b Avila, Mike (May 21, 2018). "Exclusive: Supergirl returns with new creative team and brand new costume". Syfy. Archived from the original on July 18, 2018. The new Eisner Award-winning creative team of writer Marc Andreyko and artist Kevin Maguire is taking over the title.
  12. ^ "73 Questions with Seth Meyers". Vogue. February 25, 2015 (:22 second mark).
  13. ^ "Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award Previous Award Recipients". San Diego Comic-Con International. 2013. Archived from the original on June 15, 2013. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
  14. ^ "2004 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on August 25, 2012.
  15. ^ "1988 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on July 23, 2012.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Justice League artist
Succeeded by
Ty Templeton and Mike McKone
Preceded by
Eric Shanower
"Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer"
Eisner Award recipient

Succeeded by
Richard Piers Rayner
Preceded by
Worlds' Finest artist
(with George Pérez)

Succeeded by
Robson Rocha