Steve Gan

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Steve Gan
BornSantos S. Gan
(1945-05-22) May 22, 1945 (age 78)
Area(s)penciller, inker
Notable works
Skull the Slayer

Steve Gan (born May 22, 1945) is a Chinese-born Filipino[1] comics artist. He is best known for co-creating Panday with Carlo J. Caparas and Marvel Comics' Star-Lord[2] and Skull the Slayer.[3]


Steve Gan was born as Santos S. Gan but changed his first name to "Steve" in admiration of Steve Ditko.[2] Gan studied architecture at the Mapúa Institute of Technology[4] and later worked as an artist in the Komiks industry.
It was as Steve Gan that he got a huge break drawing for American comic book publisher Marvel Comics, sending work through his United States-based agent, the Filipino comic book artist Tony DeZuñiga.[2] In 1974, Gan began drawing for Marvel Comics and contributed to their line of black-and-white magazines including Savage Tales[5] and Dracula Lives.[6] He co-created Star-Lord[2] and Skull the Slayer[3] with writers Steve Englehart and Marv Wolfman respectively. Gan was highly regarded for his artwork on both Conan titles Conan the Barbarian and Savage Sword of Conan from 1974 - 1979.

Gan briefly worked for Warren Publishing in the early 1980s.[7] After leaving the comics industry, he became a layout designer and storyboard artist in the animation field.[4] Upon the release of the Guardians of the Galaxy film in 2014, Gan was given both a credit in the movie and royalties for co-creating Star-Lord.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Gan is married with three children.[1] He retired from drawing comics fulltime in 2002,
speaking at a convention in 2014 he spoke about walking away from drawing in the medium 12 years ago.[9]


Marvel Comics[edit]

Warren Publishing[edit]

  • Creepy #122, 134–135 (1980–1982)


  1. ^ a b Alanguilan, Gerry (n.d.). "Steve Gan". Archived from the original on October 26, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d De Vera, Ruel S. (August 2, 2014). "Steve Gan finally in the spotlight". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Manila, Philippines. Archived from the original on February 20, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Christiansen, Jeff (April 23, 2004). "Jim Scully". Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe. Archived from the original on June 13, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Steve Gan". Lambiek Comiclopedia. December 16, 2006. Archived from the original on May 5, 2016.
  5. ^ Cotter, Robert Michael "Bobb" (2008). The Great Monster Magazines: A Critical Study of the Black and White Publications of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. pp. 165–167. ISBN 978-0786433896.
  6. ^ Steve Gan at the Grand Comics Database
  7. ^ Bails, Jerry (n.d.). "Gan, Steve". Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928-1999. Archived from the original on December 28, 2016.
  8. ^ Olivares, Rick (December 30, 2014). "Hits, misses and breaks with Filipino comic book great Steve Gan". The Philippine Star. Manila, Philippines. Archived from the original on October 25, 2015.
  9. ^ "Steve Gan finally in the spotlight". August 2014.

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Preceded by Conan the Barbarian inker
Succeeded by