Tom Grummett

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Tom Grummett
Grummett in 2016
BornThomas Grummett
1959 (age 64–65)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Notable works
Adventures of Superman
The Death of Superman
AwardsInkpot Award 2015

Thomas Grummett (born 1959) is a Canadian comic book artist and penciller. He is best known for his work as penciller on titles such as The New Titans, The Adventures of Superman, Superboy, Power Company, Robin, New Thunderbolts and Heroes.


DC Comics[edit]

Tom Grummett began providing finished artwork over George Pérez's layouts on The New Titans #58 (Sept. 1989).[1] He worked with Marv Wolfman and Pérez on the "A Lonely Place of Dying" storyline which introduced Tim Drake as the new Robin.[2] Grummett remained on The New Titans after Pérez's departure and helped Wolfman revitalize the title.[3] He began a long association with the Superman franchise when he drew Action Comics #665 (May 1991)[1] and then helped writer Louise Simonson and artist Jon Bogdanove launch a new title, Superman: The Man of Steel in July 1991.[4] Grummett drew part of The Adventures of Superman #480 (July 1991) and became the main artist on that series with the following issue[1] and then worked on the "Panic in the Sky" crossover in 1992.[5] During his run on The Adventures of Superman, Grummett and writer Jerry Ordway (along with editor Mike Carlin, Dan Jurgens, Roger Stern and others) were the architects of "The Death of Superman" storyline, in which Superman died and was resurrected. It was during that storyline, that Grummett and writer Karl Kesel, created the new Superboy in The Adventures of Superman #500 (June 1993).[6] Grummett drew parts for DC Comics' other major event of the early 1990s, "Batman: Knightfall", contributing parts of "Knightquest" and "KnightsEnd". Grummett launched an ongoing Robin series in November 1993 with writer Chuck Dixon[7] and a Superboy series three months later with writer Karl Kesel.[8] In Summer 1995, writer Roger Stern and Grummett created a new quarterly series, Superman: The Man of Tomorrow.[9] He was one of the many artists who contributed to the Superman: The Wedding Album one-shot in 1996 wherein the title character married Lois Lane.[10] Other work for DC included collaborating with Chuck Dixon on a Secret Six one-shot (Dec. 1997) as part of the Tangent Comics imprint[11] and co-creating the Power Company series with writer Kurt Busiek in 2002.[12]

Gorilla Comics[edit]

In 2000, Grummett and his former Superboy collaborator Karl Kesel created Section Zero as part of the Gorilla Comics imprint at Image Comics. Gorilla Comics was intended to be a creator owned company financed by a comics related website,[13] The website proved to be a financial failure, leaving the creators to personally finance their own books. Along with the other Gorilla Comics creators, Kesel and Grummett attempted to continue the series they started, but these efforts proved to be unsuccessful.[14] In January 2012, Kesel announced that he and Grummett would be relaunching Section Zero as a webcomic on the Mad Genius Comics website.[15][16] The previously published stories were posted on the site and new material was added as it was completed.[17] A Kickstarter campaign in 2017 will allow Kesel and Grummett to finish the story.[18][19]

Marvel Comics[edit]

At Marvel Comics, he completed a run as penciller on Thunderbolts, with writer Fabian Nicieza and inker Gary Erskine in 2007[1] and in 2009 he co-created the X-Men Forever series with Chris Claremont.[20][21]


Grummett received an Inkpot Award in 2015.[22]


Interior comics art includes:

Aircel Publishing[edit]

  • Shadowalker #1 (1988)

Archie Comics[edit]

Dark Horse Comics[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

DC Comics / Marvel Comics[edit]

  • Challengers of the Fantastic #1 (1997)

Image Comics[edit]

  • George Pérez's Crimson Plague #1 (Section Zero preview) (2000)
  • Section Zero #1–3 (2000)

Marvel Comics[edit]

Ocean Comics[edit]

Panic Button Press[edit]

  • Holiday Panic! oneshot (2020)
  • Section Zero #0 (2018)

Star Rider Productions[edit]

  • Star Rider and the Peace Machine #1–2 (1982)

Vanguard Graphics[edit]

  • The Privateers #1–2 (1987)


  1. ^ a b c d Tom Grummett at the Grand Comics Database
  2. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 241. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. With the pencils of [George] Pérez, Jim Aparo, and Tom Grummett, [Marv] Wolfman concocted the five-issue 'A Lonely Place of Dying'...In it, Tim Drake...earned his place as the new Robin.
  3. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 249: "Writer Marv Wolfman had revitalized the Titans franchise yet again, with the help of his new creative partner, artist Tom Grummett."
  4. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 250: "DC editorial saw the chance to give their hero a fourth ongoing monthly book, Superman: The Man of Steel was born, with the first issue written by Louise Simonson and with art by Jon Bogdanove, Tom Grummett, Bob McLeod, and Dan Jurgens."
  5. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 253: "In this seven-part adventure...writers Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Roger Stern, and Louise Simonson, with artists Brett Breeding, Tom Grummett, Jon Bogdanove, and Bob McLeod assembled many of DC's favorite characters to defend the world."
  6. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 259: "The issue also featured four teaser comics that introduced a group of contenders all vying for the Superman name...A cloned Superboy escaped captivity in a yarn by writer Karl Kesel and artist Tom Grummett."
  7. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 261: "[Robin] embarked on a solo career, with the help of writer Chuck Dixon and artist Tom Grummett."
  8. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 265: "Superboy set up camp in picturesque Hawaii in his new ongoing title written by Karl Kesel and with art by Tom Grummett."
  9. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 271: "Superman gained a new quarterly title to ensure his weekly appearance on comic book store racks in...Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #1, by writer Roger Stern and penciller Tom Grummett."
  10. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 275: " The behind-the-scenes talent on the monumental issue appropriately spanned several generations of the Man of Tomorrow's career. Written by Dan Jurgens, Karl Kesel, David Michelinie, Louise Simonson, and Roger Stern, the one-shot featured the pencils of John Byrne, Gil Kane, Stuart Immonen, Paul Ryan, Jon Bogdanove, Kieron Dwyer, Tom Grummett, Dick Giordano, Jim Mooney, Curt Swan, Nick Cardy, Al Plastino, Barry Kitson, Ron Frenz, and Dan Jurgens."
  11. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 281: "The Secret Six found their own monthly one-shot title written by Chuck Dixon and drawn by Tom Grummett."
  12. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Irvine, Alex; Korte, Steve; Manning, Matt; Wiacek, Win; Wilson, Sven (2016). The DC Comics Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Characters of the DC Universe. DK Publishing. p. 236. ISBN 978-1-4654-5357-0.
  13. ^ Yarbrough, Beau (December 28, 2000). "State of the (Ape) Nation: How Healthy is Gorilla?". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on June 3, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  14. ^ Dean, Michael (June 8, 2001). "The Case of the Disappearing Gorilla: The Banana Trust Explains How Not to Start a Comics Line". The Comics Journal #234. Seattle, Washington: Fantagraphics Books. Archived from the original on January 20, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  15. ^ Parkin, JK (January 3, 2012). "Kesel and Grummett's Section Zero returns as a webcomic". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on March 14, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  16. ^ Kesel, Karl (January 2, 2012). "Back to ZERO!". Archived from the original on March 7, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  17. ^ Kesel, Karl; Grummett, Tom (2012). "Archive for Section Zero". Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  18. ^ Staley, Brandon (May 3, 2017). "Kesel & Grummett's Section Zero Finds New Life in Kickstarter Campaign". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on May 4, 2017. Karl Kesel and Tom Grummett's Section Zero may get a second shot at life if a Kickstarter campaign gets the required funding.
  19. ^ Kesel, Karl (2017). "Section Zero: Ultra-Cool Collector's Edition". Kickstarter. Archived from the original on August 11, 2017. 1,049 backers pledged $65,140 to help bring this project to life.
  20. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (February 7, 2009). "NYCC: Back to the Future with "X-Men Forever"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  21. ^ De Blieck Jr., Augie (April 23, 2013). "Making Comics 'Special' Again". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
  22. ^ "Inkpot Award". San Diego Comic-Con. 2016. Archived from the original on January 29, 2017.

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