Visions of an Icon: Wolverine by Leonard Kirk


Leonard Kirk is an American born comic book artist who lives in Ontario, Canada. He has worked on such properties as Supergirl, JSA, Star Trek, Batman, and Witchblade. Currently Kirk is exclusively signed for Marvel Comics.

Kirk first broke into the comics field pencilling issue #5 of the Malibu Comics title Dinosaurs for Hire and issue #1 of Captain Canuck vol.2. He then went on to pencil Star Trek: Deep Space Nine comics for Malibu.

In 1995, he began working with Marvel, penciling the Ultragirl miniseries.

In 1997, he began a long association with DC Comics, beginning with a nearly 60 issue run on the Peter David written Supergirl series. Following that, he penciled the Dan Jolley written Bloodhound, the Fred Van Lente written Scorpion story in the Marvel anthology title Amazing Fantasy, and the humorous mini-series, Freshmen, written by Seth Green and Hugh Sterbakov, for Top Cow.

He returned for a year to work at DC, filling in on Aquaman and doing the layouts in Detective Comics’ “One Year Later” storyline “Face the Face” that ran through both Batman and Detective Comics.

Later in 2006, Kirk signed an exclusive deal with Marvel Comics, and his first project being a five issue Jeff Parker written Agents of Atlas miniseries. Marvel then assigned him to pencil Marvel Adventures: The Avengers (from issue #13 onwards), Spiderman Family, and a fill-in for the World War Hulk storyline in The Incredible Hulk #108.

Kirk’s most recent projects including providing the art for Captain Britain and MI: 13, written by Paul Cornell, and Dark X-Men, which started in November 2009.

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The piece shown above is one of over 40 pieces of original artwork featuring Wolverine donated to the Joe Shuster Awards for the Visions of an Icon Art Show and Sale by Canadian artists. The pieces were exhibited twice in 2009 – at the Joe Shuster Awards Ceremony in September and at the Speakeasy Comic Art Show in November. The original art pieces will be auctioned off on eBay in March 2010. Watch for announcements on this site!

Every day we will try to post an original piece and some information on the artist(s) that donated the work.

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