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Matt Wagner

Matt Wagner
Wagner at WonderCon 2009
Born (1961-10-09) October 9, 1961
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Penciller, Inker, Letterer, Colourist
Notable works

Matt Wagner (born October 9, 1961) is an American comic book writer and artist, known as the creator of the series Mage and Grendel.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Bibliography 4
  • Awards 5
  • Notes 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8
    • Interviews 8.1

Early life

Wagner was born in Pennsylvania.


Wagner's first published comic book work was Comico Primer #2 (1982), which was the first appearance of Grendel.[1] In addition to his creator-owned series' Mage and Grendel, he has also worked on comics featuring The Demon and Batman as well as such titles as Sandman Mystery Theatre and Trinity, a DC Comics limited series featuring Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. In 1991, he illustrated part of the "Season of Mists" story arc in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman series.[2][3]

His other projects include Madame Xanadu for Vertigo, with artist Amy Reeder Hadley.[4] He has also produced numerous comics covers, including painted ones for Green Arrow.

Outside comics, Wagner provided art for the 1984 Villains & Vigilantes adventure Battle Above the Earth written by Steven Crow.[5]

He is currently writing a Green Hornet spin-off (one of several) for Dynamite Entertainment.

Personal life

Wagner currently resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife Barbara Schutz (Diana Schutz's sister). They have two children.


Mage: The Hero Defined, cover by Matt Wagner.


  • 1988: Nominated for "Best Writer" Eisner Award, for Grendel
  • 1993:
    • Won "Best Finite Series/Limited Series" Eisner Award, for Grendel: War Child
    • Nominated for "Best Writer/Artist" Eisner Award, for Legends of the Dark Knight: "Faces"
    • Nominated for "Best Cover Artist" Eisner Award, for Legends of the Dark Knight: "Faces"
    • Nominated for "Best Inker" Eisner Award, for Grendel: War Child
  • 1995: Nominated for "Best Writer" Eisner Award, for Sandman Mystery Theatre
  • 1999:
    • Won "Best Anthology" Eisner Award, for Grendel: Black, White, and Red
    • Won "Best Short Story" Eisner Award, for "Devil's Advocate" in Grendel: Black, White, and Red #1
    • Nominated for "Best Writer" Eisner Award, for Grendel: Black, White, and Red


  1. ^  
  2. ^ Bender, Hy (1999). The Sandman Companion. DC Comics. p. 266.  
  3. ^ Burgas, Greg (January 7, 2013). "Sandman"Comics You Should Own – .  
  4. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (April 11, 2008). "Wagner Saws Madame Xanadu in Half with Vertigo". Comic Book Resources.
  5. ^ Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. p. 75.  


External links

  • Official website
  • Matt Wagner at the Comic Book DB
  • The Matt Wagner Gallery
  • Matt Wagner Batman Gallery


  • Podcast interview with Matt Wagner and Amy Reeder Hadley on 2008's Madame Xanadu
  • Podcast with Matt Wagner on Grendel's 25th Anniversary at Comixology
  • Interview with Matt Wagner (September 2006)
  • Wagner Interview @ Legions of Gotham
  • Matt Wagner on comics and the creative process, an interview with August 26, 2007
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