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Brian Garvey (born September 18, 1961) is a comic book artist, known primarily for inking. Along with his inking partner, Ian Akin, Garvey worked on many superhero comics (mostly for Marvel Comics) from 1982–1988.

Brian Garvey
Born (1961-09-19) September 19, 1961 (age 57)[1]
Area(s)Artist, Inker



Garvey met Akin in San Francisco in the late 1970s, through the community around Gary Arlington's San Francisco Comic Book Company.[2] Joining Akin's small studio, the pair began working together. Their first professional job was on ROM Spaceknight #34 (Sept. 1982), inking over Sal Buscema's pencils. Akin & Garvey became the regular ROM inkers for almost two years, until 1984. During that time, they also provided the inks for the 1982 Marvel mini-series The Vision and the Scarlet Witch. Also in 1984, the pair inked the four-issue mini-series Starriors for Marvel. Moving over to DC Comics in 1985, the inking team worked on Firestorm for five consecutive issues. Back at Marvel, Akin & Garvey inked issues #190–209 of Iron Man, and then worked on The Transformers for two years, until 1988. For the next three years, Akin & Garvey worked sporadically, for clients ranging from Marvel to DC to Continuity Comics.

As a solo freelancer, Garvey worked steadily through the 1990s, for DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse Comics; most notably as the inker on the entire run of DC's Gunfire from 1994–1995, and inker for DC's The New Gods in 1995–1996. Since the 1990s, Garvey has no significant published comics credits.

Fromm 1998–2002, Garvey worked with DreamWorks Animation on such films as The Prince of Egypt, The Road to El Dorado, and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.

In the early 2010s, Akin & Garvey reunited to do commercial illustration and comics work.


Akin & GarveyEdit


  • Gunfire #1–13 (DC)
  • The New Gods #1–6, 8, 10, 11 (DC)


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson. "Comics Industry Birthdays", Comics Buyer's Guide, June 10, 2005. Accessed December 21, 2010. WebCitation archive.
  2. ^ Akin, Ian. "In Memory of Ray," Archived 2014-02-10 at Akin & Garvey blog (Mar. 15, 2011).


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Preceded by
Joe Sinnott
ROM Spaceknight inker
(with Ian Akin)

Succeeded by
Mel Candido
Preceded by
Steve Mitchell
Iron Man inker
(with Ian Akin)

Succeeded by
Sam DeLarosa
Preceded by
Tom Morgan
Transformers inker
(with Ian Akin)

Succeeded by
Dave Hunt
Preceded by
The New Gods inker
Succeeded by
Bob Wiacek