Steve McNiven

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Steve McNiven
McNiven at the October 10, 2010 New York Comic Con in Manhattan, New York
BornSteven McNiven
Notable works
Ultimate Secret
New Avengers
Civil War

Steven McNiven is a Canadian comic book artist. He first gained prominence on CrossGen's Meridian, before moving onto books such as Ultimate Secret, New Avengers and Civil War.

Early life[edit]

Steven McNiven is a native of Halifax, Nova Scotia.[1]


McNiven sketching at the New York Comic Con in Manhattan, October 10, 2010

McNiven first came into prominence after he took over as a penciller of CrossGen's Meridian title following the departure of Josh Middleton.

Later, he gained more fame working for Marvel Comics as the penciller of Marvel Knights 4, Ultimate Secret and New Avengers. He was named in August 2005 as one of Marvel's "Young Guns", a group of artists that, according to Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada, have the qualities that make "a future superstar penciller". Other "Young Guns" include Olivier Coipel, David Finch, Trevor Hairsine, Adi Granov and Jim Cheung McNiven was the penciller of the Marvel mini-series Civil War working with Mark Millar. He followed this by provided the art for the Wolverine storyline "Old Man Logan" and the Icon Comics mini-series Nemesis, both with Millar.[2]

In 2011 Marvel relaunched a new volume of Captain America, with McNiven as artist.[3][4] In 2012 he provide Marvel NOW! poster for New York Comic Con. the art which feature The Avengers in an iconic New York setting. In 2013 he drew the Guardians of the Galaxy ongoing series with writer Brian Michael Bendis.[5][6] McNiven drew the Uncanny Avengers from issue 14 to issue 17.[7] McNiven was the artist for Marvel Comics' Limited series Death of Wolverine. In 2015 McNiven redesign costume of Black Bolt, Human Torch during Charles Soule's run on Uncanny Inhumans. he also penciled issue 0 to 4.[8]

In 2017 McNiven penciled issues #1 and 10 of the Marvel miniseries Secret Empire. The series was a commercial success, with issues #0 and 1 being the third best-selling comic books of April and May, respectively.[9][10][11] In 2018 he worked on the miniseries Return of Wolverine with writer Charles Soule , as a follow-up to Death of Wolverine and Hunt For Wolverine.[12]


Interior work[edit]



Marvel Knights 4 #2 cover art

Cover work[edit]


  1. ^ Knox, Carsten (June 14, 2011). "Halifax comic artist on new Captain America title". The Coast. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  2. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (December 4, 2009). ""Nemesis" Asks: What if Batman was The Joker?". Retrieved December 6, 2009.
  3. ^ Khouri, Andy (May 30, 2011). "Steve Rogers Returns to Duty with Brubaker & McNiven in Captain America #1". ComicsAlliance. Archived from the original on April 30, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2011.
  4. ^ Captain America vol. 6 at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^ Khouri, Andy (May 30, 2011). "NYCC: Bendis, McNiven & Wacker Relaunch the "Guardians of the Galaxy"". Comics Alliance. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  6. ^ Richards, Dave (October 14, 2012). "NYCC: Bendis, McNiven & Wacker Relaunch the 'Guardians of the Galaxy'".
  7. ^ Uncanny Avengers vol. 1 at the Grand Comics Database
  8. ^ Brett White Tim (September 4, 2015). "LOOK: Steve McNiven Shows Off "Uncanny Inhumans" Sketches, Designs". Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  9. ^ Mueller, Matthew (5 May 2017). "Controversy Creates Cash: Marvel's Secret Empire #0 Tops April's Sales Charts". Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  10. ^ MacDonald, Heidi (May 5, 2017). "April Sales: Secret Empire #0 Lifts Marvel; GNs fall". Comics Beat. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  11. ^ Yehl, Joshua (May 9, 2017). "Secret Empire or Batman: Deciding The Real Best-Selling Comic of April 2017". IGN. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  12. ^ Adams, Tim (June 5, 2018). "Marvel Officially Announces Wolverine’s New Series, Creative Team"


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