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Joe Staton

Joe Staton
Staton at the 2008 New York Comic Con.
Born (1948-01-19) January 19, 1948
North Carolina
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Penciller, Inker
Notable works
Dick Tracy, E-Man, Green Lantern Corps, Guy Gardner
Awards Eisner Award 1998;
Harvey Award 2013

Joe Staton (born January 19, 1948[1]) is an American illustrator and writer of comic books.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Awards 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life

Joe Staton grew up in Tennessee and graduated from Murray State University in 1970.[2]


Staton started his work with Charlton Comics in 1971[2] and gained notability as the artist of the super-hero book E-Man. Staton produced art for various comics published by Charlton, Marvel and Warren during the 1970s.

Hired initially by Roy Thomas to work for Marvel, Staton was then recruited by Paul Levitz to work on DC Comics' revival of the Justice Society of America in All Star Comics and later Adventure Comics. In these titles he illustrated stories including the origin of the JSA in DC Special #29.[3] and the death of the Earth-Two Batman.[4] Staton also illustrated the solo adventures of two female JSA members created during the JSA revival – drawing Power Girl in Showcase and the Huntress.[5] During that time, Staton additionally drew Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes, the 1970s revival of the Doom Patrol in Showcase,[6] and the Metal Men. In 1979, Staton began a two-and-a-half-year run on Green Lantern, during which he co-created the Omega Men with writer Marv Wolfman.[7]

Staton sketching at the 2011 New York Comic Con.

Staton served as art director for First Comics for three years in the 1980s. He returned to DC Comics afterwards for a second run on Green Lantern and with writer Steve Englehart, oversaw the title's name change to Green Lantern Corps.[8] Staton and Englehart also created the DC weekly crossover series Millennium (Jan.-Feb. 1988).[9] In addition, Staton illustrated Guy Gardner, The Huntress,[10] The New Guardians and Superman & Bugs Bunny.

As of the late 2000s, Staton draws DC's Scooby Doo title for younger readers, as well as the more mature-themed Femme Noir for Ape Entertainment. On January 19, 2011, Tribune Media Services announced that Staton and writer Mike Curtis would replace Dick Locher as the creative team of the Dick Tracy comic strip.[11] The new creative team have worked together on Scooby Doo, Richie Rich, and Casper the Friendly Ghost and started on March 14, 2011.[12] Staton also illustrated Charles Santino's graphic novel adaptation of Ayn Rand's Anthem.[13]


In 2013, Staton and writer Mike Curtis received the Harvey Award for Dick Tracy.[14]


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  5. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 175: "DC Super-Stars #17 (December 1977) While writer Paul Levitz and artist Joe Staton introduced the Huntress to the JSA in this month's All Star Comics #69, they concurrently shaped her origin in DC Super-Stars."
  6. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 175: "Showcase #94 (Aug.-Sept. 1977) Writer Paul Kupperberg and artist Joe Staton revived DC's "try-out" series from its seven-year slumber by resurrecting the super-hero team, Doom Patrol."
  7. ^ Manning, Matthew K. "1980s" in Dolan, p. 193: "DC's newest science-fiction franchise, a band of over one hundred aliens called the Omega Men...They gave Green Lantern a run for his money in this issue written by Marv Wolfman, with art by Joe Staton, and the Omega Men went on to gain their own ongoing series in 1983."
  8. ^ Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 219: "The adventures of everyone's favorite space cops were given a new title thanks to writer Steve Englehart and artist Joe Staton. Now focusing not just on Green Lantern Hal Jordan, The Green Lantern Corps gave an equal spotlight to all the defenders of Space Sector 2814."
  9. ^ Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 232: "Millennium an eight-part miniseries, written by Steve Englehart and drawn by Joe Staton [was] delivered in weekly installments."
  10. ^ Manning "1980s" in Dougall, p. 177: "Writer Joey Cavalieri and artist Joe Staton reintroduced Huntress in the pages of her first ongoing series."
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External links

  • Joe Staton at the Comic Book DB
  • Joe Staton at the Grand Comics Database
  • "DC Profiles #51: Joe Staton" at the Grand Comics Database
  • Joe Staton at Mike's Amazing World of Comics
  • Joe Staton at the Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators
  • Biography on Steve
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