Michael Golden (comics)

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Michael Golden
Golden at the New York Comic Con
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Artist, Colourist
Notable works
The Micronauts
The 'Nam

Michael Golden is an American comic book artist and writer best known for his late-1970s work on Marvel Comics' The Micronauts, as well as his co-creation of the characters Rogue and Bucky O'Hare.[1][2]

His work is known to have influenced the style of artist Arthur Adams.[3][4]


After starting his illustration career in commercial art, Golden entered the comics industry in late 1977, working on such DC Comics titles as Mister Miracle[5] and Batman Family.[6][7] His first work for Marvel Comics was "The Cask of Amontillado", a backup story in Marvel Classics Comics #28 (1977) adapting an Edgar Allan Poe short story.[8] In 1978, he collaborated with Bill Mantlo on Marvel's Micronauts[9] which he illustrated for the series' first 12 issues.[10] He drew a number of Marvel series throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including Doctor Strange, the Howard the Duck black-and-white comics magazine, and Marvel Fanfare. Writer Chris Claremont co-created Rogue with Golden in The Avengers Annual #10 (1981).[11] At Continuity Comics, Golden and writer Larry Hama introduced Bucky O'Hare in Echo of Futurepast #1 (May 1984).[2] Back at Marvel, The 'Nam series was launched in 1986 by Doug Murray and Golden.[12] Golden drew covers for the licensed series G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Rom, U.S. 1, and The Saga of Crystar. Golden also penciled parts of the Marvel No-Prize Book . In the early 1990s, Golden was an editor for DC Comics[13][14] and later in the decade served as Senior Art Director for Marvel Comics.[15] In the 2000s, he drew covers for DC Comics' Nightwing, Superman: The Man of Steel, and Vigilante. Despite his considerable amount of work in comics, Golden has stated that he still finds advertising and commercial design work to be more fulfilling than comics, because "it's something different each time."[16]

Golden's art style later inspired a number of later comics creators, including Arthur Adams.[3][4] Golden's work was also appropriated by Glenn Danzig as a logo for his bands Samhain and Danzig. He is managed by Renée Witterstaetter (a former comics colorist, writer, and editor) of Eva Ink Publishing.[17]

In a 1997 interview with Wizard magazine, Golden explained that he had not attended a comics convention since 1979, because he is uncomfortable with the cult of personality treatment of comics creators.[16] By the 2000s, however, he had been known to make appearances at conventions.[18][19]

Comic books[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Other publishers[edit]


Portfolios and art books[edit]

  • Doctor Strange (Marvel)
  • Michael Golden's Jurassic Park Portfolio One (Image/Eva Ink)
  • Michael Golden's Jurassic Park Portfolio Two (Image/Eva Ink)
  • Michael Golden's Monsters (Image/Eva Ink 2006)
  • Excess: The Art of Michael Golden (Vanguard)
  • Manga Bucky O'Hare (Vanguard)
  • In the Studio with Michael Golden (TwoMorrows)
  • Michael Golden: Heroes and Villains (Eva Ink)
  • Michael Golden: MORE Heroes and Villains (Eva Ink)
  • Michael Golden: Alchemy (Eva Ink)


  1. ^ "Guests of Honor: Michael Golden". New York Comic-Con #4 Program. New York Comic Con. 2009. p. 10. 
  2. ^ a b "Michael Golden Named Guest of Honor at Mid-Ohio". Comic Book Resources. September 29, 2009. Archived from the original on June 17, 2011. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Nolen-Weathington, Eric; Khoury, George (2006). Modern Masters, Volume 6: Arthur Adams. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 17. ISBN 978-1893905542. I was collecting comic books from the mid-'70s, and then I discovered Michael Golden working on Micronauts. 
  4. ^ a b Cooke, Jon B. (2002). "The Art of Arthur Adam - A career-spanning chat with the celebrated artist/writer on his comics". Comic Book Artist. TwoMorrows Publishing (17). Retrieved January 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ Kingman, Jim (December 2008). "The Miracle Messiah: Steve Gerber's Short-Lived Take on Mister Miracle". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (31): 57–59. 
  6. ^ Michael Golden at the Grand Comics Database
  7. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dougall, Alastair, ed. (2014). "1970s". Batman: A Visual History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 129. ISBN 978-1465424563. 
  8. ^ Nolen-Weathington, Eric (2007). Modern Masters Volume 12: Michael Golden. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing. pp. 8–9. ISBN 978-1893905740. 
  9. ^ Sanderson, Peter; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1970s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 188. ISBN 978-0756641238. Writer Bill Mantlo and artist Michael Golden created a Marvel comic series around the Micronauts toys set in the Microverse. 
  10. ^ Lantz, James Heath (October 2014). "Inner-Space Opera: A Look at Marvel's Micronauts Comics". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (76): 43–45. 
  11. ^ DeFalco, Tom "1980s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 203: "[Rogue's] first published appearance occurred in The Avengers Annual #10 by Chris Claremont and Michael Golden."
  12. ^ DeFalco "1980s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 229: "[Editor Larry] Hama immediately called Doug Murray, a veteran who had served in Vietnam...Hama also called artist Michael Golden to draw the new title."
  13. ^ Michael Golden (editor, DC Comics) at the Grand Comics Database
  14. ^ Nolen-Weathington in Modern Masters Volume 12: Michael Golden p. 44
  15. ^ Nolen-Weathington in Modern Masters Volume 12: Michael Golden p. 52-55
  16. ^ a b Shutt, Craig (August 1, 1997). "Silence is Golden". Wizard (72). pp. 44–48. 
  17. ^ "Renée Witterstaetter". Eva Ink. Retrieved February 18, 2011. 
  18. ^ "A Golden Baltimore Con: Vampirella to dress down for the occasion". IGN. September 6, 2006. Archived from the original on March 25, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Michael Golden: Special Guest". Wizard Entertainment. 2013. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 

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Preceded by
Micronauts artist
Succeeded by
Howard Chaykin
Preceded by
The 'Nam artist
Succeeded by
Wayne Vansant