Steve Erwin

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Steve Erwin
Born Stephen Erwin
(1960-01-16)January 16, 1960
Tulsa, Oklahoma[1]
Nationality American
Area(s) Penciller
Notable works
Deathstroke The Terminator
Batman Returns movie adaptation

Steve Erwin (born January 16, 1960)[2] is an American comics artist who is best known as the co-creator of Checkmate and Gunfire for DC Comics.


Erwin studied commercial art at Oklahoma State University–Okmulgee.[1] His first published comic book work appeared in Grimjack #18 (Jan. 1986) [3] published by First Comics. During the 1980s and 1990s, he worked primarily for DC Comics, his first story for that publisher appearing in The Vigilante #48 (Dec. 1987).[3] After that title's cancellation, Erwin co-created the title Checkmate! with writer Paul Kupperberg.[4] In August 1991, Erwin and Marv Wolfman launched the Deathstroke The Terminator title,[5] a series which Erwin would draw from 1991 to 1994.[3] The Gunfire character was created by Len Wein and Erwin in Deathstroke the Terminator Annual #3 (October 1993).[6] Erwin drew the comics adaptation of Batman Returns as well as Star Trek: The Next Generation Shadowheart, the graphic novel adaptation of The Ashes of Eden, and the Mike Danger series published by Tekno Comix.[3]

In 2007, Erwin was inducted into the Oklahoma Cartoonists Hall of Fame in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, located in the Toy and Action Figure Museum.[1]


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First Comics[edit]

Malibu Comics[edit]

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  1. ^ a b c "Steve Erwin Cartoonist, Tulsa" (PDF). Oklahoma Cartoonists Hall of Fame. 2007. Archived from the original on March 29, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d Steve Erwin 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. 235. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. The clandestine government operation Checkmate began its monthly adventures in April [1988] in its self-titled ongoing series by writer Paul Kupperberg and artist Steve Erwin. 
  5. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 250: "Slade Wilson began his impressive sixty-issue run with the help of writer Marv Wolfman and artist Steve Erwin."
  6. ^ Jimenez, Phil (2008). "Gunfire". In Dougall, Alastair. The DC Comics Encyclopedia. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 151. ISBN 0-7566-4119-5. 

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Preceded by
Deathstroke, The Terminator artist
Succeeded by
Lauchland Pelle