Pat Broderick

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Pat Broderick
Atlanta Comic Con 2018 - Pat Broderick.jpg
Broderick in 2018
Born (1953-11-26) November 26, 1953 (age 69)
Notable works
"Batman: Year Three"
Captain Atom
Doom 2099
The Fury of Firestorm
Green Lantern
Swamp Thing

Pat Broderick (born November 26, 1953)[1] is an American comics artist, known for his work on the Micronauts and Alpha Flight for Marvel Comics, and Legion of Super-Heroes, Captain Atom and Green Lantern for DC Comics. Broderick also pencilled the four-part "Batman: Year Three" storyline, written by Marv Wolfman, which detailed the first meeting of Batman and Dick Grayson as well as Tim Drake's first appearance.



Soon after graduating from high school in Tampa, Florida, Broderick flew to New York in the early 1970s to compete in DC Comics' junior bullpen program, a nationwide art and writing contest held at the July 4 convention at the Commodore Hotel. Presenting his work to DC editors Sol Harrison and Joe Orlando, Broderick was almost immediately placed in the junior bullpen program and drew filler pages and short stories for various 100 Page Super Spectaculars.[2][3] During this period, Broderick also worked for Neal Adams and Dick Giordano's Continuity Associates as a member of the Crusty Bunkers.[4]

In 1975, after sporadic work with DC and Marvel, Broderick joined the team at Atlas Comics. His time at Atlas was short-lived, and Broderick soon found himself back at Marvel, working on various titles for their black-and-white line, Curtis Magazines. This led to working on Captain Marvel and then The Micronauts.[5] He drew the Micronauts series from #19 (July 1980) to #34 (Oct. 1981).[6]

Writer J. M. DeMatteis and Broderick created the Creature Commandos in Weird War Tales #93 (November 1980).[7] In 1981, he abruptly left Marvel for DC.[8] As he said in a 2003 interview, "Jim Shooter had all but informed me that, in his opinion, my art sucked and that I would never get another raise there, regardless of how well my books were selling. So one quick phone call to DC and I was in."[5] Broderick was one of the artists on the double-sized Justice League of America #200 (March 1982).[9] He and writer Gerry Conway launched The Fury of Firestorm in June 1982.[10] Broderick briefly drew the Batman feature in Detective Comics in 1985.[11] Captain Atom, a Charlton Comics character purchased by DC, was given an ongoing series in March 1987 which was written by Cary Bates and drawn by Broderick.[12] Writer Marv Wolfman and Broderick created Tim Drake in the "Batman: Year Three" story.[13] Broderick drew the Swamp Thing series from 1989 to 1990[2] and then launched the Green Lantern volume 3 series with Gerard Jones.[14]

After ten years at DC, Broderick's relationship with that company soured. According to him, he "was being abused by [his] editors, Andy Helfer and Kevin Dooley, and was really just fed up with their attitude."[5] Shooter was no longer at Marvel which offered him work again and Broderick returned, where he worked as the regular penciller first on Alpha Flight[5] and Doom 2099.[15]


In 1995, Broderick turned to advertising full-time, moving to Dallas to lead the in-house creative department at Tracy Locke and Partnership. The company handled packaging, print, and television ads for PepsiCo, Frito-Lay, Pizza Hut, Federal Express, Harrah's Casinos, and Hasbro. This led to design work for DNA Productions on the 2001 movie, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.[5]

Later career[edit]

In 2003, Broderick returned to comics with the short-lived Future Comics. He was scheduled to work on the title Peacekeepers, but it was never published, and Future went out of business shortly thereafter. In 2004, Devil's Due Publishing revived Micronauts, with Broderick returning to the title. He drew three issues before it was cancelled.[16] That same year, Broderick was a member of the animation department faculty at Tampa's International Academy of Design and Technology.[5]

Broderick was elected an Inkwell Awards Ambassador in January 2018.[17] In August 2018, Broderick was elevated to Special Ambassador status.[18] His term of service ended in May 2020.[19]

Art style[edit]

Broderick is known for his detailed, expressive art, and his characters' large eyes. There is some resemblance between Broderick's art and Michael Golden's late 1970s style. Broderick has acknowledged his admiration of Golden's work.[20]

Through his career, Broderick has often teamed with inker Bruce Patterson on such titles as Alpha Flight, Green Lantern, Detective Comics, Legion of Super-Heroes, and Captain Planet and the Planeteers.


Atlas/Seaboard Comics[edit]

  • Blazing Battle Tales #1 (1975)
  • Phoenix #3 (1975)
  • Planet of Vampires #1–2 (1975)

DC Comics[edit]

Milestone Media[edit]

Paradox Press[edit]

  • The Big Book of Bad (1998)
  • The Big Book of Conspiracies (1995)
  • The Big Book of Little Criminals (1996)
  • The Big Book of the Weird Wild West (1998)
  • The Big Book of Urban Legends (1994)

Devil's Due Publishing[edit]

  • Micronauts #1–3 (2004)

Eclipse Comics[edit]

  • Sun Runners #4–5 (1984–1985)

Marvel Comics[edit]

Pacific Comics[edit]

  • Sun Runners #1–2 (1984)

Shadow House Press[edit]

  • Shadow House #1–5 (1997–1998)


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on February 18, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Pat Broderick at the Grand Comics Database
  3. ^ Eury, Michael (July 2015). "A Look at DC's Super Specs". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (81): 17. Artist Pat Broderick...saw his earliest published work in some of these Super Specs' special features.
  4. ^ Bails, Jerry. Crusty Bunkers. Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928-1999. Archived from the original on May 11, 2007. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Offenberger, Rik (July 2003). "Pat Broderick: Artist of the Future". The Mighty Crusaders Network. Archived from the original on August 7, 2011. Retrieved September 20, 2008.
  6. ^ Lantz, James Heath (October 2014). "Inner-Space Opera: A Look at Marvel's Micronauts Comics". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (76): 46–47.
  7. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 189. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. A battalion of horror icons created by the U.S. government to aid the American war effort made its debut in an off-beat story by writer J. M. DeMatteis and penciler Pat Broderick. {{cite book}}: |first2= has generic name (help)
  8. ^ Catron, Michael (August 1981). "DC Miscellania: Broderick and Pérez". Amazing Heroes. Stamford, Connecticut: Fantagraphics Books (3): 24. Both George Pérez and Pat Broderick have signed exclusive contracts to draw for DC Comics, according to spokesman Roger Slifer. Broderick had been drawing The Micronauts for Marvel.
  9. ^ Sanderson, Peter (September–October 1981). "Justice League #200 All-Star Affair". Comics Feature. Rockville, Maryland: New Media Publishing (12/13): 17.
  10. ^ Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 197: "Written by Gerry Conway, with art by Pat Broderick, Firestorm continued his carefree adventures in a series that spanned one hundred issues."
  11. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dougall, Alastair, ed. (2014). "1980s". Batman: A Visual History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 153. ISBN 978-1465424563. In a story written by Doug Moench and illustrated by Detective Comics new penciller, Pat Broderick, the terrorist Darkwolf took a room full of people hostage. {{cite book}}: |first2= has generic name (help)
  12. ^ Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 229: "March [1987] debuted the new Captain Atom in his first DC series, by writer Cary Bates and penciler Pat Broderick."
  13. ^ Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 240: "Written by Marv Wolfman and pencilled by Pat Broderick, the four-issue 'Year Three' saga introduced a young boy named Timothy Drake into a flashback sequence starring a young Dick Grayson and his parents."
  14. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 245: "Writer Gerard Jones and penciller Pat Broderick jump-started the further adventures of Hal [Jordan] and company by beginning Green Lantern's third ongoing series, which would last an impressive 181 issues."
  15. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1990s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 262. ISBN 978-0756641238. Writer John Francis Moore and artist Pat Broderick transported Dr. Doom home to Latveria in this new series. {{cite book}}: |first2= has generic name (help)
  16. ^ "Micronauts Back at Devil's Due". ICv2. October 10, 2003. Archived from the original on October 25, 2007.
  17. ^ Almond, Bob (January 14, 2018). "Inkwell Awards Celebrates Milestone 10th Season". Inkwell_Awards. Archived from the original on June 29, 2018.
  18. ^ "Inkwell Awards Ambassadors". Inkwell Awards.
  19. ^ "Inkwell Awards Ambassadors".
  20. ^ "Is There a Future for Pat Broderick with the Micronauts?". Innerspace Online. October 9, 2003. Archived from the original on February 15, 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2008.

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