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Mark Bagley

Mark Bagley
Bagley signing autographs at the March 2012 Toronto Comic Con in Canada.
Born (1957-08-07) August 7, 1957
Frankfurt, West Germany
Nationality American
Area(s) Penciller
Notable works
New Warriors
Ultimate Spider-Man

Mark Bagley (born August 7, 1957)[1] is an American comic book artist. He has worked for Marvel Comics on such titles as The Amazing Spider-Man, Thunderbolts, New Warriors, and Ultimate Spider-Man and for DC Comics on Justice League of America, Batman and Trinity.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Marvel Comics 2.1
    • DC Comics 2.2
    • Return To Marvel 2.3
  • Art style 3
  • Personal life 4
  • Bibliography 5
    • DC Comics 5.1
    • Marvel Comics 5.2
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Mark Bagley was born to a military family in Frankfurt, West Germany.


After his work in the military and at Ringling College of Art and Design, Bagley continued trying to break into the comic industry. While working a construction job, he suffered a severe injury to his leg while using a handsaw that required 132 stitches. He eventually ended up working for Lockheed Martin making technical drawings.[1]

Marvel Comics

In 1983,

Preceded by
New Warriors artist
Succeeded by
Darick Robertson
Preceded by
Erik Larsen
The Amazing Spider-Man artist
Succeeded by
Steve Skroce
Preceded by
Thunderbolts artist
Succeeded by
Patrick Zircher
Preceded by
Ultimate Spider-Man artist
Succeeded by
Stuart Immonen
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  • Mark Bagley interview on Straight Talk on YouTube
  • Interview on Comic Geek Speak Podcast (October 2006)

External links

  1. ^ a b "Mark Bagley".  
  2. ^ a b Shooter, Jim "Bullpen Bulletins" Marvel Comics cover-dated February 1986
  3. ^ Allred, Will (September 15, 2000). "Mark Bagley Interview".  
  4. ^ a b Mark Bagley at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^  
  6. ^ Manning, Matthew K. "1990s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 249: "In this ongoing series, writer Fabian Nicieza with...Mark Bagley chronicled the tales of a team that not only thrived in this brave new decade [of the 1990s], but continued to make an impact in the Marvel Universe over the years."
  7. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2012). "1990s". Spider-Man Chronicle Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging.  
  8. ^ Cowsill "1990s" in Gilbert (2012), p. 202: "In February [1993], Venom gined his own title at last! Written by David Michelinie and illustrated by Mark Bagley...Venom: Lethal Protector was set after the events of The Amazing Spider-Man #375."
  9. ^ Manning "1990s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 263: "Artists Mark Bagley, Sal Buscema, Ron Lim, Tom Lyle, and Alex Saviuk all brought their talents to this key story line."
  10. ^ Manning "1990s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 274: "Continuing the epic 'Clone Saga', the team of artists Tom Lyle, Robert Brown, Roy Burdine, and Mark Bagley revealed the supposed final fate of the genius Jackal."
  11. ^ Cronin, Brian (May 30, 2012). "50 Greatest Spider-Man Creators: Artists #6-4". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on April 9, 2014. 
  12. ^ Manning "1990s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 283: "Busiek and company ignored the pleas from Marvel's marketing division who thought that sales would be affected by not revealing the comic's twist. They managed to conceal their comic's confidential ending until the release of the first issue, and indeed shocked their entire fan base with their dramatic reveal."
  13. ^ Cowsill "2000s" in Gilbert (2012), p. 259: "Written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Mark Bagley, the series built on the original Spidey stories but soon spun off into bold new directions."
  14. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (March 19, 2011). "C2E2: Bendis & Bagley Get Brilliant".  
  15. ^  
  16. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "2000s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle.  
  17. ^ Wilkins, Alasdair (May 31, 2009). Creator Kurt Busiek"Trinity"Our Interview With .  
  18. ^ news to kick off the week"Batman"Some .  
  19. ^ Segura, Alex (June 18, 2009). "Justice League of America"Some news for you: Robinson, Bagley step aboard . DC Comics. Archived from the original on April 8, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2012. 
  20. ^ Cowsill "2010s" in Gilbert (2012), p. 338: "It made the news across the world - Marvel was going to kill Spider-Man. His death came in this issue [Ultimate Spider-Man #160] written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Mark Bagley."
  21. ^ Ching, Albert (March 19, 2011). Creator-Owned Debut"Brilliant"Bendis and Bagley on Their .  
  22. ^ Richards, Dave (March 19, 2011). New Creation"Brilliant"C2E2: Bendis & Bagley's . Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on June 23, 2013. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  23. ^ Mase, Poet (October 19, 2011). "Bendis Assembles the Avengers".  
  24. ^ Beard, Jim (August 13, 2012). "Fantastic Four"Marvel NOW! Q&A: . Marvel Comics. Archived from the original on May 26, 2013. Retrieved May 26, 2013. 
  25. ^ Richards, Dave (November 27, 2012). "FF & Fantastic Four"Fraction Celebrates Marvel's First Families in . Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on May 26, 2013. Retrieved May 26, 2013. 
  26. ^ Arrant, Chris (January 7, 2014). Relaunch, Who Shot Bruce Banner?"Hulk"Mark Waid Talks 2014 . Newsarama. Archived from the original on April 29, 2014. 
  27. ^  



Bagley and his wife Pattie have a daughter, Angie.[27]

Personal life

According to Bagley, drawing crowd scenes are his "weak point", because he becomes worn out on them, and finds them difficult to render in a timely fashion.

Art style

As part of the Marvel NOW! initiative, Bagley and writer Matt Fraction relaunched the Fantastic Four series in 2012.[24][25] Bagley and Mark Waid collaborated on a Hulk series in 2014.[26]

Brian Michael Bendis and Bagley worked on Avengers Assemble, an Avengers title produced concurrently with Brilliant. To differentiate between other Avengers titles, Assemble consisted of the roster present in the Avengers film, but set in present Marvel continuity.[23]

In 2011, Bagley left DC and returned to Marvel and Ultimate Spider-Man. He reunited with writer Brian Michael Bendis and drew the "Death of Spider-Man" arc in issues #156–160.[20] Bagley and Bendis teamed for a creator-owned series, Brilliant, which was published through Marvel's Icon Comics Imprint. It has similarities to Mark Millar's own Icon comic, Kick-Ass, as it explores the idea of superheroes existing in the real world, however unlike Kick-Ass, the characters have actual super-powers.[21][22]

Return To Marvel

Bagley drew four issues of Batman, written by Judd Winick. This was in the post-Battle for the Cowl world, with Dick Grayson having taken over as the Dark Knight.[18] Bagley then teamed with writer James Robinson on Justice League of America.[19] Bagley drew most of issues #38–53.

In 2008, Bagley signed an exclusive three-year contract with DC Comics.[15] His first assignment as a DC exclusive, the Trinity weekly series written by Kurt Busiek featured Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.[16][17]

DC Comics

Bagley's long and successful run on Ultimate Spider-Man earned him recognition in Wizard magazine's top ten artists of the 2000s in Wizard #219. Ranked #2 on the list, article writer Mark Allen Haverty noted of Bagley, "no other artist came close to the number of comics Bagley sold [in the 2000s], nor the number of Top 20 comics he was a part of."

In 2000, Marvel's then-publisher Bill Jemas was looking to relaunch Marvel's primary franchises in a way that would make them accessible to newer readers. Ultimate Spider-Man would be a title that began the Spider-Man mythos from the beginning set in modern times. Bagley was assigned to Ultimate Spider-Man with writer Brian Michael Bendis.[13] The Bendis/Bagley partnership of 111 consecutive issues made their partnership one of the longest in American comic book history, and the longest run by a Marvel creative team, beating out Stan Lee and Jack Kirby on Fantastic Four.[14] Bagley collaborated with Bendis on The Pulse and a four-issue arc on Mighty Avengers.[4]

In 1997, Bagley collaborated with writer Kurt Busiek on a new team of superheroes, the Thunderbolts, a group of super-villains disguised as super-heroes, with the final page of the first issue of the series revealing that the Thunderbolts were actually the Masters of Evil, a surprise twist carefully guarded by Marvel.[12]

When Erik Larsen left The Amazing Spider-Man, Bagley was assigned to the title. He and David Michelinie introduced the Carnage character in The Amazing Spider-Man #361 (April 1992)[7] and produced the Venom: Lethal Protector limited series in 1993.[8] Bagley was one of the artists on the "Maximum Carnage"[9] and "Clone Saga"[10] storylines which ran through the Spider-Man titles. Bagley's artwork was used extensively for licensed material, appearing on everything from plates and cups to credit cards and even video games such The Amazing Spider-Man: Lethal Foes released exclusively in Japan. In 2012, Comic Book Resources ranked Bagley fourth on its list of the "50 Greatest Spider-Man Creators".[11]

In 1989, Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz created a team of teenage superheroes called the New Warriors.[5] The following year, Marvel launched a new series based on these heroes and assigned Bagley and writer Fabian Nicieza to the title.[6] Bagley stayed on the title until #25, at which point he left to transition directly onto The Amazing Spider-Man.

. Marvel Universe Cards and the first series of [4],Captain America line, backup stories in New Universe, a comic book based on a 1980s toy line, various titles in the Visionaries After winning the contest, he didn't hear from Marvel for several months. After approaching Shooter at a comic convention, Bagley was assigned to a series of low-profile penciling jobs. His comics work during this period included [2] Bagley won first place for penciling, finishing ahead of thousands of other hopefuls.[3], gave him the book and persuaded Bagley to enter the contest.Cliff Biggers itself. His friend, Try-out Book He had almost given up on trying to find a job in comics and was satisfied with his position at Lockheed Martin. Bagley was reluctant to enter the contest because of the cost of the [2]

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