Terry Austin (comics)

Terry Austin
Born (1952-08-23) August 23, 1952
Detroit, Michigan[1]
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Inker
Notable works
Uncanny X-Men
Awards Eagle Awards, Favourite Inker, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1985, 1986, and 1987.
Inkpot Award, 1980.
Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Award, Favorite Inker, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1996, 1997.
Inkwell Awards, The Joe Sinnott Award, 2009

Terry Austin (born August 23, 1952)[2] is an American comic book artist, working primarily as an inker. He is best known for his work embellishing John Byrne's pencils on Uncanny X-Men from 1977 to 1981.

Early life and career

Austin grew up in Detroit, Michigan, and attended Wayne State University.[1] He started inking comics as an assistant to Dick Giordano and Neal Adams, doing "Crusty Bunker" work for Adams' Continuity Associates.[1] Austin came to prominence in 1976–1977, inking Marshall Rogers' pencils on a celebrated run of Batman stories for DC's Detective Comics collaborating with writer Steve Englehart. During this same period, Austin inked Michael Netzer (Nasser) on DC's Martian Manhunter in Adventure Comics and Green Arrow/Black Canary in World's Finest Comics, as well as Al Milgrom on Marvel Comics' Captain Marvel. He later teamed with Rogers again on Marvel's Doctor Strange.

Austin's inks on John Byrne's pencils, from Uncanny X-Men #141 (Jan. 1981), p. 12.


In 1977, Austin and penciler John Byrne became the new art team on Uncanny X-Men. With writer Chris Claremont they produced a series of stories — particularly The Dark Phoenix Saga — which elevated the title into the top-selling American comic book.

Post X-Men

Austin left Uncanny X-Men in 1981 and has since worked on a variety of titles for both Marvel and DC, including Doctor Strange (over Paul Smith and Dan Green pencils), Superman (over Byrne), Justice League America (over Kevin Maguire) and Green Lantern (over Darryl Banks). Austin was the regular inker of DC's Superman Adventures for nearly six years, from 1996–2002. His inking work since 2002 has included over 5 years of inking the Sonic the hedgehog comics for Archie comics, which he continues to ink to this day.

Inking style and influence

Austin's inking — especially in the 1970s and early 1980s — is notable for its smooth, precise rendering; and extremely detailed backgrounds, making his embellishing work easily identifiable. His style has been highly influential on a subsequent generation of inkers such as Al Gordon, Andy Lanning, and Scott Williams,[3]

Writing and penciling

Austin has also worked as a writer, primarily for Marvel's X-Men titles and a run on Cloak and Dagger. Austin wrote and inked the Dark Horse Comics' adaptation of Splinter of the Mind's Eye produced in 1995.

His rare penciling jobs can be seen on the covers of Uncanny X-Men #123 and #142, as well as his self-published book, Austin Art: 60 Pages of Drawings by Terry Austin (2003).[4]

Personal life

Austin resides near Poughkeepsie, New York, where he plays volleyball and gets together often with fellow comics veteran Fred Hembeck.


Austin's work has gained him frequent and notable recognition over the years, including multiple Eagle Awards for best inker, an Inkpot Award, multiple Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Awards for Favorite Inker, and the Inkwell Awards 2008 Favorite Inker (Retro) Award and 2009 Joe Sinnott Award.



  • Cerebus Jam #1 (1985)

Atlas/Seaboard Comics

  • Phoenix #3 (1975)

Dark Horse Comics

DC Comics

DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics

DC Comics and Marvel Comics

  • Amazon #1 (1996)
  • Green Lantern / Silver Surfer: Unholy Alliances #1 (1995)
  • Silver Surfer / Superman #1 (1996)

Image Comics

Malibu Comics

Marvel Comics

Other publishers

  • Austin Art: 60 Pages of Drawings by Terry Austin (self-published, 2003)


  1. 1 2 3 Cooke, Jon B. (2002). "Terry Austin Interview: The Artistry of Terry Austin". Comic Book Artist Collection Volume 2. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing. pp. 36–43. ISBN 978-1893905139.
  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. "The Twenty Greatest Inkers of American Comic Books: #9, Terry Austin". Atlas Comics. n.d. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved February 13, 2009.
  4. Hembeck, Fred (June 2008). "Terry Austin Art Book Sales Department". FredHembeck.com. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved August 7, 2008.
Preceded by
Vince Colletta
Detective Comics inker
Succeeded by
Dick Giordano
Preceded by
Dan Green
Uncanny X-Men inker
Succeeded by
Josef Rubinstein
Preceded by
Dan Green
Doctor Strange inker
Succeeded by
Rick Magyar
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