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Ron Garney’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 Ron Garney!


Ron Garney is probably best known for his epic run on Captain America with Mark Waid, as well as his current excellent work with Jason Aaron on Wolverine and now Ultimate Captain America.

Here are some pages from Garney’s recent Weapon X series with Aaron…

Interestingly enough, Garney’s first major U.S. professional work was a fairly notable comic, the issue of G.I. Joe in 1991 directly following the issue where seven members of the team were killed by a Cobra operative. Having so many characters be killed off (in a comic where few regular characters were ever killed off) got some attention to the series at the time, so it’s interesting to see an artist’s first pro work be on this story.

Soon after, Garney did a story for the 1991 Daredevil Annual…


The faces in that GI Joe work look a bit Leifeld-esque to me.

I know I used to have that issue of G.I. Joe, but I didn’t remember that Garney had drawn any of it. I think Captain America was the first time I noticed him, although I know he did some work on Moon Knight and Rise of the Midnight Sons-type stuff.

I always thought he was solid on Captain America with Waid, but I’ve really been liking his newer style. Weapon X and Ultimate Captain America look great, I think.

Wow, that GI Joe work looks great, very close to his first run on Cap. The Daredevil pages are nice too but I think Garney’s getting a little lost under Hazlewood’s inks.

Love this series.

Some Stupid Japanese Name

March 11, 2011 at 9:58 am

I liked him a lot on Captain America, so much so that I followed him on over to Hulk, but for some reason, his art didn’t connect with me on that title. Then I went back to check out his Sliver Surfer. REALLY didn’t care for that.
I wouldn’t try to act like his art is in anyway bad, just that aside from Captain America, it never popped for me.

That issue of GI Joe seemed like overkill at the time.
I always liked Garney’s work. For some reason, I used to confuse him with Ron Lim a lot.

I see way more Joe and Andy Kubert in those pages than Liefeld.

What I see most in those GI Joe pages is the SIlvestri/Dan Green era of Uncanny X-Men, when the team was in the outback.

Interesting. My first thought was, “Wow, he was really just imitating Zeck at first.”

I’m glad the splash pages with credits were included, because I’ve never heard of the guy, and in lieu of an introduction at first I was wondering if he was a penciler or what.

Wow, this is the first one who was clearly really great right from the beginning. I wouldn’t call the recent pages an improvement, just a slightly different style. And I agree with Buttler, his biggest influence is definitely Zeck.

"O" the Humanatee!

March 13, 2011 at 12:39 am

Add me to the ones who see the GI Joe story as Zeck-influenced.

Those faces all actually look human with human cheekbones, mouths, and teeth. No way he’s influenced by Liefeld.

Totally influenced by Mike Zeck.

I love his work, especially his art post Captain America.

My first Ron Garney was actually an issue of Daredevil, # 296 which was inked by the great Al Williamson.
I remember liking his art a lot and when he went DC exclusive a couple years ago I was annoyed that DC ddint put him on Batman immediately.

Well Ron and Mike are/ were both from CT at that point, I think I remember either in conversation with Ron or in an article that Mike helped him get in. Either way I’ve always loved Ron’s Stuff and always looking forward to whats coming next!

I remember when he and Waid starting doing Cap and everything just seemed to finally turn around for the title. Unfortuantly, the series fate was already decided as Marvel had made that deal with Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld. In the long run, it worked out for Marvel as sales increased a lot. I think the Heroes Return come back was great but then Garney was off the book after about six issues. I don’t know if it was editorial or not.

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