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Stuart Immonen’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 Stuart Immonen!

Enjoy!

Today, Stuart Immonen is one of the top artists at Marvel Comics. He is due to be the artist for Marvel’s upcoming crossover, Fear Itself. Before that he was the artist on New Avengers and Ultimate Spider-Man. He has drawn pretty much all of the Ultimate Comics line at one point or another. He also did the classic Nextwave series with writer Warren Ellis. Before working for Marvel, Immonen had a long stint at DC Comics, including a stint on Legion of Super-Heroes and a long run on the Superman titles. He also recently produced the graphic novel Moving Pictures, with his wife Kathryn Immonen.

Immonen’s first comic book work was actually a self-published comic called Playground in 1988 (Caliber Press did an edition of it in 1990). I don’t have that comic. If someone does, feel free to send me a few sample pages and I’ll post ‘em here!

In April 1991, Immonen drew Rock ‘n’ Roll Comics #19, spotlighting 2 Live Crew…

The book also had a back-up about Tipper Gore’s fight for labels on music albums…

A little over a year later, Immonen drew Hero Alliance Quarterly #4…

A few months later, Immonen drew his first issue of Legion of Super-Heroes, and he has been working on major mainstream comics titles ever since!

9 Comments

Ha! I think I still have that 2 Live Crew comic somewhere… I had no idea that was Immonen! He’s certainly come a long, long way!

Hey Brian; I don’t know if I’m the only one, but I really appreciate it when you put up an example of an artist’s current work (just a page or two) as well as the back pages so it’s easier to compare and see their progression. I mean, I think everyone reading this can picture what Stuart Immonen’s current style is like, but it’d still be nice to have a reference point right on the page.

I still think his Legion work is among his best, especially when he was still with Tom & Mary Biernbaum, before Tom McCraw’s awful run.

Hey Brian; I don’t know if I’m the only one, but I really appreciate it when you put up an example of an artist’s current work (just a page or two) as well as the back pages so it’s easier to compare and see their progression. I mean, I think everyone reading this can picture what Stuart Immonen’s current style is like, but it’d still be nice to have a reference point right on the page.

Yeah, I like that too. I couldn’t remember/picture which artist was Immomen until Brian mentioned Nextwave.

Stuart drew several other Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics – his best is probably the ZZ Top issue, with a full-length Top feature. He also drew a Metallica story – there’s a complete back issue list with artist credits at http://www.myspace.com/rocknrollcomics

Wow, amazing to see this. One of my favorite entries so far.

Agh! Sex in comics! My eyes, my eyes–call Tipper Gore!

Stuart drew a story ABOUT Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics, and their lawsuit battle against New Kids on the Block – the entire story is posted at http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2007/sep/13/new-kids-on-the-block-versus-revolutionary-comics/

Immonen has grown a lot since then!

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