Stuart Immonen – March 2014


458px-StuartImmonenJune2011Stuart Immonen is a Canadian comic book artist. He is best known for his work on Nextwave, Ultimate X-Men, The New Avengers, and Ultimate Spider-Man. His pencils are usually inked by Wade Von Grawbadger.

In 1988, he self-published a series titled Playground; it was his first published work. He worked at several smaller comic book companies before being hired by DC Comics in 1993.[2] Since then, Immonen has drawn such high-profile characters as Superman, the Hulk, and the X-Men. His work since 2004 includes stints on the titles Ultimate Fantastic Four and Ultimate X-Men with writers Warren Ellis and Brian K. Vaughan, as well as a 12-issue run pencilling Nextwave, which again paired him with Warren Ellis.

Stuart Immonen has also done work for Top Cow and Image Comics.

In 1993 and 1994, Immonen drew the Legion of Super-Heroes and with writers Mark Waid and Tom McGraw created a new Legion continuity, beginning with a retelling of the team’s origin story starting inLegion of Super-Heroes vol. 4 #0 (Oct. 1994). In 1996, writer Karl Kesel and Immonen produced The Final Night limited series.That same year, Immonen was one of the many creators who contributed to the Superman: The Wedding Album one-shot wherein the title character married Lois Lane.

Immonen wrote and drew part of the Superman Red/Superman Blue one-shot which launched the storyline of the same name which ran through the various Superman titles.[7] Immonen ended his ongoing involvement with the Superman franchise with the Superman: End of the Century graphic novel in 2000 but returned to the character for the Superman: Secret Identity in 2004.

In 2000, Immonen was one of the founders of Gorilla Comics, a company formed with Mark Waid, Kurt Busiek and several others. Immonen and Busiek collaborated on the Shockrockets limited series and the Superstar: As Seen on TV one-shot but the company folded after a short time.

In 2005, Immonen published 50 Reasons to Stop Sketching at Conventions, a series of fifty comics that detail why he no longer does sketches for fans. Besides self-publishing, Immonen also maintains a webcomic called Never as Bad as You Think which is co-authored by his wife, Kathryn. Moving Pictures – a webcomic co-authored by the Immonens – was published as a graphic novel by Top Shelf Productions in 2010.

Immonen illustrated Marvel Comics’ Ultimate Spider-Man from issue #111 to issue #133. He subsequently worked on The New Avengers from issue #55 to issue #64. He continued to be the series artist when The New Avengers relaunched during the “Heroic Age” storyline, and was the regular artist for the first seven issues, and later drew issue #11 as well.

In 2011 Immonen illustrated Marvel’s Fear Itself miniseries, which formed the core of a company-wide crossover storyline of the same name.

In November 2012 he and writer Brian Michael Bendis started the series All-New X-Men.

He can be found online here.