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Cary Nord is the award-winning artist of comic books and graphic novels such as Daredevil, X-Men, and Conan The Barbarian. Throughout his career Cary has drawn virtually every major character in comics, having worked on Superman, Wolverine, Mutant X, Ghost Rider, Spider-Man, Thor, and Star Wars.

Cary Nord
Nord at the 2012 New York Comic Con
BornCalgary, Alberta, Canada
Area(s)Penciller; Painter
Awards2004 Eisner Award
Conan the Barbarian drawn by Cary Nord

He is currently working on the critically acclaimed series X-O Manowar from Valiant Entertainment.

In 2004, Cary was awarded the industry's top honour for his work on Conan the Barbarian, taking home the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best Single Issue.

Born in Calgary, Alberta, Cary spent most of his youth drawing, and after attending the Alberta College of Art and Design he began to submit his work to Marvel and DC Comics. Diligence and hard work paid off, and work on single issues grew into longer fan-favourite stories with beloved characters.


Nord started his career with a letter and some original artwork sent into the editors of Marvel Comics's Marvel Comics Presents. They were so impressed, he was awarded with a professional job penciling a Shang Chi serial.[1] He eventually became the regular artist on Marvel's Daredevil series. He continued work on various Marvel and DC titles and is best known as the first artist for the new Conan the Barbarian series (written by Kurt Busiek) at Dark Horse. After departing Dark Horse, Cary signed a two-year contract with Marvel comics that yielded several 4 issue mini-series and a few stand alone issues. His most notable publications during his tenure at Marvel would be 'Ultimate Human' and 'Secret Invasion: X-Men'. After his contract at Marvel expired in 2010, Nord worked on several independent projects, none of which have been published to date. He has also produced several covers for both DC and Dark Horse Comics.

On March 28, 2012, Cary Nord signed with Valiant Entertainment to become the publisher's first exclusive creator.[2] His Valiant Comics debut was alongside writer Robert Venditti for the newly re-launched X-O Manowar series in May 2012.[3]

In 2015 Nord brought inner illustrations to the core rulebook of a role-playing game, Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of, first published in 2016 by Modiphius Entertainment.


2004 Eisner Award for Best Single Issue or One-Shot (for Conan: The Legend #0, with Kurt Busiek; tied with Eric Powell for The Goon #1)[4]


  1. ^ Marvel Comics Presents vol.1 #154
  2. ^ "CARY NORD Signs As VALIANT's First Exclusive Creator".
  3. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Venditti & Nord Relaunch "X-O Manowar"". 17 January 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Complete List ofEisner Award Winners" Archived 2011-04-27 at the Wayback Machine. Comic-Con International. Retrieved November 16, 2012.

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