Rick Hoberg

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Rick Hoberg
Born Richard Renick Hoberg
(1952-06-07) June 7, 1952 (age 65)
Belton, Texas
Nationality American
Area(s) Penciler
Notable works
Green Arrow
The Strangers
Awards Inkpot Award (1984)

Richard "Rick" Renick Hoberg[1] (born June 7, 1952 in Belton, Texas) is an award-winning American comics artist and animator.

Newspaper strips[edit]

Hoberg began his career in comic books in the mid-1970s, working for Russ Manning on Tarzan comic books for overseas distribution (1975–1976) and later assisted Manning on the Star Wars comic strip (1979–1980).[2] Hoberg also ghosted Sunday pages for Fred Kida on The Amazing Spider-Man strip (1981–1982).[1]

Comic books[edit]

Between 1977 and 1979, Hoberg contributed artwork for Marvel Comics' The Invaders, Kull the Destroyer, Savage Sword of Conan, Star Wars, and What If...?.[2] In the 1980s, Hoberg mainly drew for such DC Comics titles as All-Star Squadron, Batman, The Brave and the Bold, Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!, Checkmate, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, and Justice League of America Annual.[3] He was one of the contributors to the DC Challenge limited series in 1986.[4]

Writer Dennis Mallonee and Hoberg developed the format for Marvel's Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe series.[5] They later co-created Eternity Smith, and from 1986 to 1988 Hoberg penciled that title, first for Renegade Press and then for Hero Comics. Hoberg also worked on DNAgents and Surge at Eclipse Comics (1984–86).[2][3]

In the 1990s, Hoberg spent a long stint as the penciller on Green Arrow. With writer Steve Englehart, Hoberg co-created The Strangers for Malibu Comics and penciled the title from 1993–1995. Hoberg also penciled select issues of DC's New Gods in 1990–1991 and Roger Rabbit for Disney (1990–91).[3] Since the mid-1990s, Hoberg's comics work has been sporadic.

In 2002–2003, Hoberg worked with Stefano Gaudiano on the art for the Batman Family series for DC Comics.[6]


Besides his comics work, Hoberg has been active in animation since 1978 as a storyboard artist, model designer, and layout man for Hanna-Barbera,[2] Ruby-Spears, Filmation, Marvel Productions, Marvel Films, DIC Entertainment, Universal Studios, The Walt Disney Company, Cartoon Network, Film Roman, Warner Bros., and many other studios. Among the many animated series Hoberg has contributed to are Godzilla, Super Friends, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, The Incredible Hulk, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero,[1] Jem, Defenders of the Earth, Spider-Man, Justice League, X-Men, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Hoberg also served as a director/producer for Marvel Productions, where he co-created the first X-Men cartoon, Pryde of the X-Men. Recent animation work includes Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Ultimate Spider-Man, War of the Worlds: Goliath, and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H..

Live action[edit]

Hoberg has done some live action film work as well on movies such as Cyborg, and TV miniseries like Stephen King's It.

Other projects[edit]

In addition, Hoberg has drawn line artwork for the official Star Wars style guide for Lucasfilm over the years.[2] He is currently the Lead Cinematic Storyboard Artist at 343 Industries for Halo.


Hoberg received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Irvine.[2]


Hoberg received an Inkpot Award in 1984.[7]


Acclaim Comics[edit]

  • Bar Sinister #1–4 (1995)

Dark Horse Comics[edit]

  • Classic Star Wars: A New Hope #2 (1994)
  • Classic Star Wars: The Early Adventures #4–5, 9 (1994–1995)

DC Comics[edit]

Disney Comics[edit]

  • Roger Rabbit #1–3 (1990)
  • Roger Rabbit's Toontown #3 (1991)

Eclipse Comics[edit]

  • The New DNAgents #11 (1986)
  • Surge #1-2, 4 (1984-1985)
  • Three Dimensional DNAgents #1 (1986)

Heroic Publishing[edit]

  • Champions/Flare Adventures #11 (1993)
  • Eternity Smith #1–9 (1987–1988)
  • Flare #5 (1991)

Malibu Comics[edit]

  • Night Man: The Pilgrim Conundrum Saga #1 (1995)
  • Strangers #1–8, 10–12, 14–18, 23–24 (1993–1995)
  • Strangers: The Pilgrim Conundrum Saga #1 (1995)
  • Ultraverse Premiere #0 (1993)

Marvel Comics[edit]

Renegade Press[edit]

  • Eternity Smith #1-5 (1986-1987)


  1. ^ a b c Rick Hoberg at the INDUCKS
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Rick Hoberg". Lambiek Comiclopedia. May 23, 2008. Archived from the original on September 19, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Rick Hoberg at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ Greenberger, Robert (August 2017). "It Sounded Like a Good Idea at the Time: A Look at the DC Challenge!". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (98): 41. 
  5. ^ Offenberger, Rik (May 2, 2010). "Publisher Profile: Heroic Publishing’s Dennis Mallonee". Firstcomicsnews. Archived from the original on April 9, 2012. Rick Hoberg and I had been working under license from Marvel to put together an illustrated history of the Marvel Universe (which was much less complex in the late 1970s), but for various reasons that project never came together. 
  6. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dougall, Alastair, ed. (2014). "2000s". Batman: A Visual History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 263. ISBN 978-1465424563. After teasing the character Tracker in Detective Comics #773 (October 2002), and Bugg in Detective Comics #774, writer John Francis Moore and artists Rick Hoberg and Stefano Gaudiano launched this eight-issue miniseries. 
  7. ^ "Inkpot Award Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on July 9, 2012. 

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Preceded by
Richard Howell and Mike Machlan
All-Star Squadron penciller
Succeeded by
Arvell Jones
Preceded by
Don Newton
Batman penciller
Succeeded by
Tom Mandrake
Preceded by
Shawn McManus
Green Arrow penciller
Succeeded by
Bill Marimon