Visions of an Icon: Wolverine and Mister X by Dean Motter

Note: the actual image has some colour highlights. This is a black and white scan.

DEAN MOTTER has worked as art director, designer, illustrator and writer in the entertainment and publishing industries for over twenty years. Following a stint as staff illustrator for Holt Rinehart and Winston of Canada, he went on to become Art Director at CBS Records Canada.

He later formed his own studio, Diagram Studios, aka Modern Imageworks. During that time he designed numerous record jackets, as well as continuing to illustrate children’s books.

He was responsible for the covers for many major Canadian recording acts including Loverboy, The Nylons, Triumph and Anne Murray. His work has won several awards including two Juno Awards (the Canadian counterpart to the Grammy award) for album cover design. He also created promotional graphics and stage designs for many performers and stadium events.

He created the ’80s comic book sensation, Mister X. He also wrote and illustrated the graphic novel, The Prisoner, based on Patrick McGoohan’s television series of the ‘60s, for DC Comics.

In 1990 Dean headed for New York City. He took on the role of Editorial Art Director for Byron Preiss Visual Publications, a major packager of science- fiction, fantasy and children’s illustrated books. There he had the opportunity to work with such notable authors as Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Ray Bradbury.

Dean then took up the Creative Services Art Director’s post at Time Warner/DC Comics, where he oversaw the corporate and licensing designs of America’s most beloved comic book characters such as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. In his off-hours he went on to create and design the highly acclaimed, retro-futuristic comic book series, Terminal City– and its sequels, Aerial Graffiti. and Electropolis.

Currently Dean makes his home in Georgia where, under the Futura Novelty Co. banner, he continues to create graphic works in the entertainment, book publishing and comic book industries.


The piece shown above one of over 50 original art pieces 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 April and May  2010 and are currently underway.

Expect this piece to be listed on May 4th!

3 thoughts on “Visions of an Icon: Wolverine and Mister X by Dean Motter

  1. Call me crazy, but that small photo sure doesn’t look much like Dean Motter to me! My best guess would be: Frank Kozik? Check the Wikipedia link on Motter’s site, for a much better (and more accurate) photo..

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