Tom Lyle

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Tom Lyle
Born Thomas Lyle
(1953-11-02) November 2, 1953 (age 64)
Jacksonville, Florida
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Penciller
Notable works
The Comet

Thomas "Tom" Lyle (born November 2, 1953)[1] is an American comics artist who is best known as for his work on Starman and Robin for DC Comics.


Tom Lyle at a comics convention in New York City in 1992

Lyle first came to prominence as penciler on DC Comics' Starman with writer Roger Stern.[2][3] The creative team introduced the second Blockbuster in Starman #9 (April 1989).[4]

Lyle worked on the first Robin limited series with writer Chuck Dixon. The series had many reprintings of the first few issues as well as two sequel miniseries — Robin II: Joker's Wild and Robin III: Cry of the Huntress — by the same creative team.[5] Dixon and Lyle co-created the Electrocutioner in Detective Comics #644 (May 1992)[6] and Stephanie Brown in Detective Comics #647 (August 1992).[7]

Lyle's next project was The Comet for DC Comics' Impact Comics imprint, which he pencilled and plotted with writer Mark Waid contributing the scripts.[3]

At Marvel Comics, Lyle co-created the character Annex in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #27 with writer Jack C. Harris.[8] As penciler of Spider-Man, Lyle was one of the artists on the "Maximum Carnage"[9] and "Clone Saga"[10] storylines which ran through the Spider-Man titles. During this time he designed the original blue hoodie-and-red spandex costume worn by the Scarlet Spider, a clone of Spider-Man.[11]

Lyle's other work for Marvel included The Punisher vol. 3 with writer John Ostrander and Warlock which he wrote himself.[3]

He is also the artist on the comic Chickasaw Adventures.[12]

Since 2005, he has taught sequential art at the Savannah College of Art and Design.[13]


Cover to The Comet #1 (July 1991), pencil and ink art by Lyle
  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ 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. New Starman Will Payton debuted in his own ongoing series in October [1988] by writer Roger Stern and artist Tom Lyle. 
  3. ^ a b c Tom Lyle at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dougall, Alastair, ed. (2014). "1980s". Batman: A Visual History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 177. ISBN 978-1465424563. The original Blockbuster had died...but that didn't deter his brother, Roland Desmond, from taking on the role and fighting Will Payton aka Starman, with the help of scribe Roger Stern and penciller Tom Lyle. 
  5. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 248
  6. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dougall, p. 195
  7. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dougall, p. 196
  8. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2012). "1990s". Spider-Man Chronicle Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 203. ISBN 978-0756692360. The debut story of Annex was written by Jack C. Harris and drawn by Tom Lyle. 
  9. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1990s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 263. ISBN 978-0756641238. Artists Mark Bagley, Sal Buscema, Ron Lim, Tom Lyle, and Alex Saviuk all brought their talents to this key story line. 
  10. ^ Manning "1990s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 274: "Continuing the epic 'Clone Saga', the team of artists Tom Lyle, Robert Brown, Roy Burdine, and Mark Bagley revealed the supposed final fate of the genius Jackal."
  11. ^ Lewis, Devin (Editor). "Scarlet Letters", Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #1 (2017). Marvel Comics. p. 22
  12. ^ "Chickasaw Adventures". Archived from the original on May 28, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Tom Lyle". Savannah College of Art and Design. Archived from the original on August 25, 2016. 

External links[edit]

  • Tom Lyle at the Comic Book DB
  • Tom Lyle at Mike's Amazing World of Comics
  • Tom Lyle at the Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators
Preceded by
Starman penciller
Succeeded by
Dave Hoover
Preceded by
Jim Aparo
Detective Comics penciller
Succeeded by
Graham Nolan
Preceded by
Bob McLeod
Spider-Man penciller
Succeeded by
John Romita Jr.