Mike Allred

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Mike Allred
Michael Allred in chair.jpg
Artist Michael Allred in his studio with examples of his creation Frank Einstein, better known as Madman.
BornMichael Dalton Allred
Roseburg, Oregon
Area(s)Writer, Penciller, Inker
Notable works
AwardsInkpot Award 2009

Michael Dalton Allred is an American comic book artist and writer most famous for his independent comics creation, Madman. His style is often compared to pop art, as well as commercial and comic art of the 1950s and 1960s.

Early life[edit]

Allred was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Upon his parents' divorce, he was raised with his father in Oregon, while his brothers and mother moved to Utah. He considers himself to be a "Mormon", though a liberal-minded one, and has stated that he still identifies with the beliefs, and considers The Book of Mormon to be a phenomenal and fascinating account.[1]


Michael Allred's long time collaborator and colorist, Laura Allred.

Mike Allred began his career as a radio host on KYES AM 950 (KY95) in Roseburg, Oregon. He later became a television reporter in Europe, and started drawing comics in 1989 with the 104-page graphic novel Dead Air (Slave Labor Graphics). The story loosely followed his stint in radio as a sidebar to the true focus of the novel, the effects of post-nuclear war over a small Oregon town. He followed this up with his similarly titled works Graphique Musique (1990) and Grafik Muzik (Caliber Comics 1990-1991), in which he set out the style that he was to become known for with his most famous character, Madman.[2]

Madman first appeared as Frank Einstein in Creatures of the Id and Grafik Muzik published in 1990, but it wasn't until March 1992 that the first Madman miniseries debuted from Tundra Publishing in March 1992.[3] The series gained further recognition with its move to Dark Horse Comics in April 1994,[4] where it was relaunched as Madman Comics and went on to be nominated for several Harvey Awards.[5] Madman Comics ran for 20 issues and ended in 2000. From 2007–2009, Image Comics published Madman: Atomic Comics for 17 issues.[3]

Allred drew part of the 1993 "Worlds' End" story arc in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman series.[6][7]

Allred appeared as himself in the 1997 feature film Chasing Amy as part of the opening scene at a comic book convention, signing copies of his comic Madman. He also provides the artwork for the fictional comic book Bluntman and Chronic.[3]

Allred himself gained further mainstream attention with the science-fiction/rock-and-roll comic Red Rocket 7[4] (Dark Horse, 1997) and his art for writer Peter Milligan's series X-Force, which he began drawing in July 2001,[8] and subsequently became X-Statix.[9] In 2000, AAA Pop published Allred's The Atomics, featuring a group of beatniks with superpowers.[3] Issue #116 of X-Force, the first collaboration between Allred and Milligan, was the first Marvel comic book to not have the Comics Code Authority stamp of approval since 1971.[3]

In 2004 and 2005, Allred wrote and drew The Golden Plates, an adaptation of The Book of Mormon. Allred is a Latter-Day Saint, and did much of the work on this project in collaboration with his wife Laura Allred.[1]

Allred worked again with Neil Gaiman in 2009 on the Metamorpho feature in Wednesday Comics.[10][11] The Madman All-New Giant-Size Super-Ginchy Special! was published in April 2011.[12] Allred and writer Matt Fraction crafted a Fantastic Four spinoff series, FF, in 2013.[13][14] The following year, Allred and writer Dan Slott launched a new Silver Surfer series at Marvel.[15] His comic book series iZOMBIE, which ran from 2010 to 2012, was adapted into a 2015 television series of the same name.[16] Allred drew the 1960s variant cover for Action Comics #1000 (June 2018).[17]

His wife, Laura, frequently works as his colorist.[18][19]


Allred's retro-styled artwork is a frequent nominee for comics awards such as the Harveys, the Eisners, and the Eagles. In his career, he has received:


Covers only[edit]

Other work[edit]

As artist[edit]

As writer[edit]

  • Astroesque (1996)
  • G-Men from Hell (2000)

As musician[edit]

  • The Gear - Son of Red Rocket Seven (1998)
  • The Gear - Left Of Center Of The Universe (2009)


  1. ^ a b Weigel, David (October 11, 2011). "The Book of Mormon, Superhero-style". Slate. Archived from the original on May 27, 2017.
  2. ^ "Mike Allred". Lambiek Comiclopedia. August 29, 2008. Archived from the original on February 20, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e Blair, Josh (2014). "Allred, Mike". In Booker, M. Keith. Comics Through Time. 4. Santa Barbara, California: Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 1334–1336. ISBN 9780313397509.
  4. ^ a b Michael Allred at the Grand Comics Database and Mike Allred at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^ "1994 Harvey Award Nominees and Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. n.d. Archived from the original on February 4, 2017.
    "1996 Harvey Award Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. n.d. Archived from the original on March 8, 2016.
    "1997 Harvey Award Nominees and Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. n.d. Archived from the original on March 7, 2016.
  6. ^ Bender, Hy (1999). The Sandman Companion. New York, New York: DC Comics. pp. 181–183. ISBN 978-1563894657.
  7. ^ Burgas, Greg (January 7, 2013). "Comics You Should Own – Sandman". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on April 10, 2014.
  8. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "2000s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 306. ISBN 978-0756641238. X-Force, an X-Men spinoff, received a makeover in July [2001] thanks to writer Peter Milligan and artist Mike Allred. A mixture of dark comedy and underground heroics, X-Force received critical acclaim, but a mixed reaction from fans.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  9. ^ Manning "2000s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 313: "The further adventures of Peter Milligan and Mike Allred's version of X-Force now received a name - X-Statix."
  10. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "2000s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 338. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. The [series] contained fifteen continuous stories, including...'Metamorpho' scripted by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Michael Allred.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  11. ^ Minnick, Remy (January 30, 2009). "Gaiman & Allred on Metamorpho". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on October 20, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
  12. ^ Campbell, Josie (March 14, 2011). "Allred's Giant-Size Madman". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on May 14, 2014.
  13. ^ Beard, Jim (August 13, 2012). "Marvel NOW! Q&A: Fantastic Four". Marvel Comics. Archived from the original on May 27, 2013. Retrieved May 26, 2013.
  14. ^ Richards, Dave (November 27, 2012). "Fraction Celebrates Marvel's First Families in Fantastic Four & FF". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on May 27, 2013. Retrieved May 26, 2013.
  15. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (October 13, 2013). "NYCC 2013: Dan Slott Crams 'Kirby Cool' Concepts Into New Silver Surfer Series". Newsarama. Archived from the original on October 27, 2013.
  16. ^ "iZombie". Bloody Disgusting. May 7, 2012.
  17. ^ "DC Unveils Final Variant For Action Comics #1000". Previews. Diamond Comic Distributors. March 7, 2018. Archived from the original on August 8, 2018.
  18. ^ Odegard, Kyle (November 27, 2004). "The Passion of the Artist". Corvallis Gazette-Times. Archived from the original on May 14, 2014. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  19. ^ Laura Allred at the Grand Comics Database
  20. ^ "Inkpot Award". San Diego Comic-Con. 2016. Archived from the original on January 29, 2017.
  21. ^ Young, Margaret Blair (May 7, 2012). "Elder Groberg Encourages Writers at AML Conference". Meridian Magazine. Archived from the original on April 3, 2013.
  22. ^ "'iZombie' Wins The Award For Best New Fandom Of The Year (Video Clip) | MTV". MTV. Retrieved 2018-11-03.
  23. ^ "Eisner Awards Current Info | Comic-Con International: San Diego". 2016-07-27. Retrieved 2018-11-03.

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Preceded by
Jorge Lucas
X-Force artist
Succeeded by