Steve Lightle

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Steve Lightle
Born (1959-11-19) November 19, 1959 (age 56)
Nationality American
Area(s) Penciller

Steve Lightle (born November 19, 1959)[1] is an American comic book artist, working primarily as a penciller.


Steve Lightle's first professional comic book work was a five page story in Black Diamond #4 (February 1984) published by AC Comics. He followed this with his debut at DC Comics, drawing a 10 page story in New Talent Showcase #4 (April 1984),[2][3] a series intended to provide work for up-and-coming artist who did not have a regular assignment.

In 1984, Lightle followed Keith Giffen as the penciller of Legion of Super-Heroes.[4] Lightle described it as being a "dream assignment" to work on the title.[5] One of Lightle's issues featured the death of the longtime Legion member the Karate Kid.[6] Although Lightle's tenure as interior artist was brief, he continued as the cover artist until 1988.[3] Lightle co-created two Legionnaires, Tellus and Quislet,[7] whose unusual appearances contrasted with the humanoid appearances of the other Legionnaires.

Lightle was the original penciler of the 1987 revival of Doom Patrol,[8] but he left after the first five-issue story arc due to creative differences.[9]

Much of Lightle's work has been as a cover artist. He typically both pencils and inks his covers. In 1989 and 1990, Lightle was the regular cover artist for Classic X-Men[3] (later retitled X-Men Classic). He produced new covers and frontispieces to accompany the reprinted stories.


Interior art

AC Comics[edit]

  • Black Diamond #4 (1984)

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ Greenberger, Robert (April 2014). "New Talent and Bonus Babies". Back Issue! (TwoMorrows Publishing) (71): 67. 
  3. ^ a b c Steve Lightle at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ Schweier, Philip (October 2013). "Back to the Future: The Legion in the 1980s". Back Issue! (TwoMorrows Publishing) (68): 57–61. 
  5. ^ Vollmar, Rob (June 14, 2007). "Conversation With A Craftsman: Steve Lightle Talks With Rob Vollmar". Silver Bullet Comics. Archived from the original on March 30, 2012. Retrieved March 30, 2012. I was made to feel very welcome on Legion, and since the characters had been favorites of mine consistently since childhood, it was a dream assignment. I can't say enough good about Paul Levitz, who encouraged me to be involved in every aspect of the book and its characters. 
  6. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 209. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. In a story written by Paul Levitz, with art by Keith Giffen and Steve Lightle...the Karate Kid gave his life heroically while battling Nemesis Kid. 
  7. ^ Signh, Arune (October 30, 2002). "Because You Demanded It, A Legionnaire Returns: Steve Lightle Talks Legion". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on March 30, 2012. Retrieved March 30, 2012. I hold the distinction of having suggested the first non-humanoid Legionnaires in the long history of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Tellus and Quislet were the first nonhuman members of the Legion, and I'm very happy that Paul Levitz and I broke that barrier by creating them. 
  8. ^ Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 229: "October [1987] saw a new Doom Patrol series, by writer Paul Kupperberg and artist Steve Lightle."
  9. ^ Browning, Michael (July 2013). "The Doom Patrol Interviews: Steve Lightle". Back Issue! (TwoMorrows Publishing) (65): 51. I'd decided that it wasn't going in the direction I wanted and the promises I had been made hadn't even been anywhere near fulfilled. 

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Preceded by
Keith Giffen
Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 3 artist
Succeeded by
Greg LaRocque
Preceded by
Doom Patrol vol. 2 artist
Succeeded by
Erik Larsen