Richard "Dick" Giordano was an American comics artist and editor whose long and prosperous career included introducing Charlton Comics' "Action Heroes" stable of superheroes and serving as executive editor of DC Comics. He worked on a wide range of titles over the years, including Batman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, Teen Titans, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Action Comics among countless others. His style was very much in the Neal Adams mold, making him a popular go-to artist in the 70s and 80s.
Denys Cowan is an American comic book artist, television producer, media executive and a co-founder of Milestone Media. He was first inspired by superheroes as a child from reruns of the 1950s TV show Adventures of Superman with George Reeves. A childhood friend showed Cowan his first comic book, an issue of Jack Kirby’s New Gods. Cowan attended the High School of Art and Design in New York City. One day in the school lunchroom, the 14-year-old Cowan met someone who worked for artist and Deathlok creator Rich Buckler. This led Cowan to pay a visit one day after school to Buckler's studio, where Buckler hired Cowan on as his assistant.
Cowan's first published comics work was a three-page story in Weird War Tales #93 (Nov 1980) for DC Comics. He was one of the contributors to the DC Challenge limited series in 1986. Cowan gained prominence as the primary artist on The Question, a comic book series written by Dennis O’Neil and published by DC beginning in February 1987. Cowan was the penciller on the latter half of the 1990 Deathlok miniseries published by Marvel Comics, which was written by Dwayne McDuffie.
Cowan and writer Dwayne McDuffie collaborated on a Prince comic book in 1991. Cowan co-founded Milestone Media in 1993 with McDuffie and later worked as a producer on the animated series Static Shock, based on the Milestone character.
As Senior Vice President of Animation at BET, Cowan was responsible for the creation, development and production of animated programming for the entire.
network. This included the development and production of the premiere season of the primetime animated series The Boondocks.
Serving as Senior Vice President of Motown Animation and Filmworks, he created and developed a number of shows with Fox, ABC, Disney and Nickelodeon.
Cowan also created the cover art of the GZA/Genius of the Wu-Tang Clan’s platinum selling hip-hop album Liquid Swords.