Brent Anderson

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Brent Anderson
Born Brent Eric Anderson[1]
(1955-06-15) June 15, 1955
San Jose, California
Nationality American
Area(s) Penciller, Artist
Notable works
X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills
Astro City
Awards Inkpot Award, 1985
Harvey Award, 1996, 1997
Eisner Award, 1996–1998

Brent Anderson (born June 15, 1955,[2] in San Jose, California) is an American comic book artist known for his work on X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills and the comic book series Astro City.


Early life

In junior high school, Brent Anderson discovered the pantheon of characters in Marvel Comics. The first Marvel comic he read was Fantastic Four #69, "By Ben Betrayed" (Dec. 1967),[3] "They were a family who had super-powers and helped each other out. I wanted to be part of a family like that," he says.[4] Anderson began writing and drawing his own comics on school binder paper, creating a pantheon of his own that included "Radium the Robot" and "The Chameleon".[4] After doing fanzine illustrations, Anderson's first professional comics work appeared in the mid-1970s in independent/underground publications such as All-Slug, Tesserae, and Venture.[5]

Comics professional

In 1981, Ka-Zar The Savage, written by Bruce Jones, became Anderson's first regular series.[6] The X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills graphic novel followed,[7] as well as artwork on a number of Marvel Comics series, including the heroic space-opera Strikeforce: Morituri. During this period, Anderson was active doing artwork for independent publishers Pacific Comics and Eclipse Comics,[6] including the innovative cinematic comic Somerset Holmes.[8]

In 1995, Anderson co-created (with writer Kurt Busiek and cover artist Alex Ross), the award-winning Astro City. Other work included J. Michael Straczynski's Rising Stars: Untouchable spin-off series written by Fiona Avery covering the life story of special assassin Laurel Darkhaven.[6] Work continues on a 200-plus page graphic novel, Jar of Ashes, written by Shirley Johnston. Anderson worked with writer Marv Wolfman on a one-shot featuring Green Lantern and Plastic Man entitled Green Lantern/Plastic Man: Weapons of Mass Deception, released in December 2010.[9] A Phantom Stranger ongoing series written by Dan DiDio and drawn by Anderson began in September 2012.[10] In June 2013, Busiek and Anderson relaunched their Astro City series as part of DC's Vertigo line.[11][12]

Art style

Anderson's work fits into the category of "realism" defined by Neal Adams, one of Anderson's many artistic influences.[3] Anderson's work is known for its focus on character. "My greatest joy in drawing comics comes when I've added nuance to a character with just the right expression and illustrated a scene that captures the perfect moment of mood. When the characters come to life I feel alive. That's why I've dedicated my professional life to creating comics."[4]



DC Comics



Eclipse Comics

Image Comics

Marvel Comics

Now Comics

Pacific Comics

Slave Labor Graphics


  1. Per the cover of Marvel Graphic Novel #5: X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills (1982)
  2. Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  3. 1 2 Guerrero, Tony (July 1, 2008). "Comic Vine Interview with Brent Anderson". Comic Vine. Archived from the original on December 30, 2013.
  4. 1 2 3 Anderson, Brent (n.d.). "Bio". Archived from the original on June 2, 2013.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 Bails, Jerry (2006). "Anderson, Brent". Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928-1999. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  6. 1 2 3 Brent Anderson at the Grand Comics Database
  7. "Brent Anderson". Lambiek Comiclopedia. August 14, 2009. Archived from the original on May 26, 2013. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  8. Schweier, Philip (August 2016). "Somerset Holmes". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (90): 48–55.
  9. Segura, Alex (September 16, 2010). "First Look: Green Lantern/Plastic Man: Weapons of Mass Deception". DC Comics. Archived from the original on December 30, 2013.
  10. Rogers, Vaneta (June 8, 2012). "DC Adds Four to New 52, Including DiDio's Phantom Stranger". Newsarama. Archived from the original on June 10, 2012. Retrieved June 10, 2012. Written by [Dan] DiDio with art by Brent Anderson, The Phantom Stranger will spin out of the character's recent appearances in Justice League and DC's Free Comic Book Day story.
  11. Ching, Albert (April 1, 2013). "Astro City Moves to Vertigo with New Series in June". Newsarama. Archived from the original on June 26, 2013.
  12. Truitt, Brian (June 3, 2013). "Busiek takes fans on another trip through Astro City". USA Today. Retrieved September 30, 2013.

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Preceded by
Ka-Zar the Savage artist
Succeeded by
Ron Frenz
Preceded by
Strikeforce: Morituri artist
Succeeded by
Huw Thomas
Preceded by
Phantom Stranger vol. 4 artist
Succeeded by
Gene Ha
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