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Trevor Von Eeden


Trevor Von Eeden

Trevor Von Eeden
Trevor Von Eeden
Born Trevor Von Eeden
Area(s) Comics
Notable works Black Lightning
Green Arrow
Power Man and Iron Fist
The Original Johnson

Trevor Von Eeden is a comic book writer/artist who, known for his work on such DC Comics books as Black Lightning, Batman, and Green Arrow, as well as Marvel Comics books such as Power Man and Iron Fist, and the biographical series The Original Johnson.

Early life

According to Von Eeden, he remembers drawing in his early teens in order to alleviate the boredom of junior high school, beginning with anatomical studies of faces and hands, which he says are the most difficult things to draw accurately, in the margins of his notebooks. He was introduced to comics through the collection of his best friend, who encouraged him to submit sample artwork to DC Comics.[1]


Von Eeden's comic book career began at age 16, when DC Comics hired him to design and draw the company's first African-American superhero to have his own title, Black Lightning.[2] About four years later, Von Eeden began to suspect he had gotten that job because of his skin color, which displeased him and resulted in his writing what he called a five-page mission statement that said "in detail exactly what I wanted to create — the kind of style I thought would express myself most effectively, while also telling a story in the most dramatic way possible. I wrote everything down that I could think of — the details, form, and purpose of the style of art that I'd wanted to create."[1]

Other comic-book titles on which Von Eeden worked during the 1980s included Black Canary and Batman for DC Comics, and Power Man and Iron Fist for Marvel Comics. In 1983 Von Eeden illustrated the first eight issues of the DC miniseries Thriller, an action-adventure story that allowed him room to experiment.[3] He also penciled a four-issue Green Arrow miniseries.[4] He and writer Jack C. Harris proposed to DC an all-female superteam named the Power Squad, but wer turned down.[5]

During much of the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s Von Eeden worked as a storyboard artist for New York advertising agencies.

In 2001 Von Eeden returned to Batman, penciling the five-issue storyline "Grimm" in 'Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #149-153. He also illustrated a series of short stories, "Joe In The Future", published in Heavy Metal magazine since 2001.[volume & issue needed]

In 2007 Von Eeden began writing and drawing The Original Johnson, a biography of the boxer Jack Johnson. The 242-page graphic novel was serialized in weekly online installments at ComicMix, and was completed in 2009.[3] Print rights to the book were acquired by IDW Publishing, who issued the series as a two-volume set in 2010 and 2011.

In 2011 Von Eeden provided illustrations for the text story "The Holo-Marketeer" for Heavy Metal magazine.[volume & issue needed] and designed and illustrated superhero comics produced for The National Hockey League by Stan Lee. He later illustrated four issues of Gateway Comics' Stalker.[volume & issue needed]



External links

  • Trevor Von Eeden at the Comic Book DB
  • "DC Profiles #10: Trevor Von Eeden at the Grand Comics Database

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