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David Finch’s Back Pages

Every day this month I will share with you the first (at least as far as I know) U.S. professional work by a notable comic book creator. Here is an archive of the creators who have been featured so far.

Today’s featured creator is David Finch!


David Finch is one of the most popular artists in superhero comics today. He is popular enough that DC has given him his own Batman comic to draw AND write!

Here is some sample work from his recent Ultimatum crossover for Marvel Comics (inks by Danny Miki)…

Finch broke into comics as a young man in the mid-1990s, working for Top Cow. Finch’s first credit was on two issues of Codename: Srykeforce, but i’ll be honest, for the issues in question he drew pages along with some other artists, and their styles are not far enough apart for me to post pages from those issues with any confidence, as I couldn’t be sure that I was posting the RIGHT pencils!

Soon after the fill-in work, Finch could his big break in early 1995 with the Cyberforce Annual (Finch soon took over the art duties on the regular Cybeforce series) (inks by Aaron Sowd)…


Admittedly, my knowledge of Manhattan comes from watching TV sitcoms, but I thought Doctor Strange lived in Greenwich Village. That’s not the same as SoHo, is it?

Greenwich Village is directly above Soho. One punch from the Hulk could easily send you from one neighborhood to the other. I’m not sure where they Ultimate Sanctum is supposed to be though.

Travis Pelkie

March 7, 2011 at 9:42 am

heads up, up top you have this as “today’s creator is Frank Miller”

Huh, I guess his more recent stuff IS better than I thought. Not a big Finch fan, but the more recent “grittier” look to his stuff is a bit better than the other stuff.

You’d think 16 years of work would bring about some change or progress, but nope.

Finch has grown dramatically since then.

Just looking at the shot of the two girls hugging their dad, with his head so large he could swallow them.
I would not have assumed that the guy who drew that would ever draw those Ultimatum pages above.

Its great to see artist’s grow, and I hope that over time Mr Finch will continue to improve. Good stuff.

What’s interesting to me is that the below stuff is clearly in that mid-nineties, manga-influenced Image house style, where the newer stuff has a much clearer identity. It’s nice to see an artist find his “voice.”

David Finch and David Fincher should team up on something.

So mid-90s David Finch was a poor man’s version of mid-90s Marc Silvestri.

Modern day David Finch is now a poor man’s version of modern day Marc Silvestri.

Progress I guess.

Ed (A Different One)

March 7, 2011 at 11:18 am

I always liked Finch, but I’m shocked at how much those scans of his Cyberforce work looks so much like Mark Bagley’s art (but better, if that makes sense).

Not meaning this as a knock on Bagely. Bags was the shit back in the day, and i thought he did great work on Ultimate Spider-Man (that title hasn’t been the same since he left). But I always had Finch in a higher category (of course, the Cyberforce art is from roughly the same time period as Bagley’s hey-day, so maybe there was some pressure to mimic him).


David Finch and David Fincher should team up on … ER.

The early stuff is clearly of the Jim Lee school. Way too much for my taste. The new stuff while not my favorite, is at least a more personal style.

The early stuff is clearly of the Jim Lee school. Way too much for my taste. The new stuff while not my favorite, is at least a more personal style.

I dunno, if you look at Marc Silverstri’s newer stuff, Finch’s pen line looks REALLY similar. Unless maybe Finch was inking much of the newer Silvestri work I saw.

I’m no fan of that early 90s Image style, but Finch’s early pages are way way more confident than the others you’ve shown so far in this series.

Finch seemed to draw a whole bunch of stuff for Marvel before he went to DC. So much so that stuff was still coming out from Marvel with his artwork just recently. He obviously has the ‘be fast’ part of the comic artists job down pretty good.

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