Larsen Black Panther/Ultron cover
Terry Kevin Austin is an American comic book artist who is best known for his exceptional inking talents. Austin’s inking — especially in the period of the 1970s and early 1980s — is notable for its smooth, precise rendering; and extremely detailed backgrounds, making his embellishing work easily identifiable. His style has been highly influential on a subsequent generation of inkers including Al Gordon, Andy Lanning, Scott Williams and Rob Liefeld.
Austin grew up in Detroit, Michigan and attended Wayne State University. He started inking comics as an assistant to Dick Giordano and Neal Adams, doing “Crusty Bunker” work for Adams’ Continuity Associates. Austin came to prominence in 1976–1977, inking Marshall Rogers’ pencils on a celebrated run of Batman stories for DC Comics’ Detective Comics collaborating with writer Steve Englehart. During this same period, Austin inked Michael Netzer (Nasser) on DC’s Martian Manhunter in Adventure Comics and Green Arrow/Black Canary in World’s Finest Comics, as well as Al Milgrom on Marvel Comics’ Captain Marvel. He later teamed with Rogers again on Marvel’s Doctor Strange.
In 1977, Austin and penciler John Byrne became the new art team on Uncanny X-Men. With writer Chris Claremont they produced a series of stories — particularly “The Dark Phoenix Saga” — which elevated the title into the top-selling American comic book.
Austin left Uncanny X-Men in 1981 and has since worked on a variety of titles for both Marvel & DC, including Doctor Strange (over Paul Smith and Dan Green pencils), Superman vol. 2 (over Byrne), Justice League (over Kevin Maguire) and Green Lantern (over Darryl Banks). Austin contributed to several anniversary issues for DC including Justice League of America #200 (March 1982), Superman #400 (Oct. 1984) and Batman #400 (Oct. 1986). He was the regular inker of DC’s Superman Adventures for nearly six years, from 1996–2002. His inking work since 2002 has included over fifteen years of inking the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series for Archie Comics, which he continued until the series cancellation in 2017.
Don Hudson started working for Marvel Comics in 1983, he inked and sometimes penciled for many, many of their titles, including Captain America, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Silver Surfer, and Fantastic Four. In 1999, he created Forever Amber for Image Comics, and more recently drew a manga-style Star Trek comic.
Erik Larsen is an American comic book artist, writer and publisher. He first gained critical acclaim for his work at Marvel Comics on the Amazing Spider-Man. In 1992, he and six other illustrators left Marvel to form Image Comics, where Larsen launched a series featuring a reworked version of Savage Dragon. This version was a massively muscled green amnesiac, who joined the Chicago police department after being discovered in a burning field. Initially debuting as a three-issue miniseries, the series met with enough success to justify a monthly series, launched in 1993.
Savage Dragon is one of two original Image Comics titles still published (the other being Spawn) and the only one still written and drawn by its creator, making Savage Dragon – one of the longest running creator-owned superhero comic series of all-time. The character was also adapted into an animated series for USA Network in 1995.
After graduating from the High School of Art & Design, Kupperberg worked for Neal Adams which helped him land a job at Marvel where he illustrated various titles from What If? to Spider-Ham and Obnoxio the Clown vs. the X-Men, he later moved to DC and worked on Justice League of America and Fury of Firestorm among others.