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Dennis Calero is an American comic book artist and illustrator, known for his work on titles such as X Factor, Legion of Superheroes, and Kolchak.

Dennis Calero
Calero at the Big Apple Convention, May 21, 2011.
BornMiami Beach, Florida
Area(s)Writer, Penciller, Inker, Colourist
Notable works
X Factor
Legion of Superheroes
X-Men Noir
AwardsHarvey Award Nomination, best new series, X Factor 2006


Calero's work includes Acclaim Comics' licensed-product titles Sliders and Magic: The Gathering; Moonstone Books' TV tie-in titles Cisco Kid and Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Platinum Comics' Cowboys & Aliens;[1] IDW Publishing's Masters of Horror: Dreams in the Witch House; and Marvel Comics' X-Factor, during his tenure on which the title was nominated for the Harvey Award for Best New Series (2006).[2] In 2006, IDW announced that Calero would be one of the cover artists on its six-issue Star Trek: The Next Generation TV tie-in miniseries The Space Between, scheduled for 2007.[dead link][3]

Calero was one of the principal artists for the graphic novel 28 Days Later: The Aftermath, published in 2007.[4][5]

Calero drew an arc of Legion of Super-Heroes for DC Comics and his new Marvel Comics series, X-Men Noir, was released by Marvel in December 2008. X-Men Noir: Mark of Cain was released in 2010.

That same year, he drew the Dark Horse Comics relaunch of the former Gold Key and Valiant character, Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom, which was written by Jim Shooter.[6]

In 2009 Dennis Calero received an honorable mention from the Society of Illustrators West for his work on X-Men Noir.[7]

In 2012, Calero illustrated the Shadow Annual for Dynamite Entertainment and is illustrating issues 2-8 of MASKS, a mini-series developed by Dynamite, Alex Ross and Chris Roberson putting together many of the popular pulp heroes Dynamic Forces licenses, such as the Green Hornet & Kato, the Shadow, and Zorro.[8][9]

In October 2012, Calero also began illustrating a webcomic The Little Green God of Agony for Stephen King which is a short story that was published in the 2011 anthology A Book of Horrors by King.[10]

Calero illustrated The Tell-Tale Heart in 2013, part of the Edgar Allan Poe Graphic Novels series. In a positive review, Booklist wrote that Calero "shows off a virtuoso command of the format and impressive knowledge of his horror antecedents with the visuals."[11]

Other workEdit

Calero has also provided illustrations sporadically for role-playing games, beginning in 1996 for White Wolf Publishing. He has done interior artwork for Dungeons & Dragons books for the Forgotten Realms setting, such as Silver Marches, Faiths and Pantheons, and Races of Faerûn.

Calero and illustrator Kristin Sorra co-founded Atomic Paintbrush, one of the first computer-coloring companies working in the comic-book field.[citation needed]

Devil Inside, based upon a webcomic co-created by Dennis Calero and actor Todd Stashwick, was optioned in 2011 for development.[citation needed] It was also announced on that Calero and Stashwick were writing an original pilot for the SyFy channel called Clandestine.[12]


  • Cowboys & Aliens (with authors Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley, graphic novel, Platinum Studios, 2006, ISBN 978-1-58240-724-1)
  • Supergirl & Legion of Super-Heroes #32-36 (with Tony Bedard, DC Comics, 2007–2008)
  • Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles: The Authorized Adaptation (by Ray Bradbury, graphic novel, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011, ISBN 978-0-80906-793-0)[13]


  1. ^ (May 16, 2011) "Comics Reviews: Cowboys & Aliens", Publishers Weekly 258 (20).
  2. ^ Harvey Award Nominees Announced (press release by Jonah Weiland, executive producer, Comic-Con International), Comic Book Resources, June 1, 2006
  3. ^ Brady, Matt. "To Boldly Keep Going: Talking Trelk at IDW". Newsarama.[dead link]
  4. ^ McTavish, Brian (May 11, 2007). "Feeding the fans: '28 Days' comic enhances film sequel", Star-News.
  5. ^ Williams, Jonathan (May 5, 2007). "Graffiti: Games, gadgets and graphics: Words and pictures: Your guide to new manga, graphic novels and comics: 28 Days Later: The Aftermath", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, p. FE2.
  6. ^ Szadkowski, Joseph (August 19, 2010). "Welcome to warped new worlds", The Washington Times, p. B20.
  7. ^ "Honorable mention from the Society of Illustrators West". Archived from the original on 2012-01-02. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
  8. ^ MASKS a mini-series developed by Dynamite (solicitations from Dynamite), Dynamite Entertainment
  9. ^ (September 23, 2013). "Comics Reviews: Masks Volume 1 Tp", Publishers Weekly 260 (38).
  10. ^ The Little Green God of Agony Takes Over The Web (press release from, Stephen King, October 13, 2012
  11. ^ Karp, Jesse (June 1–15, 2013). "The Tell-Tale Heart", Booklist 109 (19/20): 59.
  12. ^ Syfy Channel is developing a space adventure/drama 'Clandestine' (article from Deadline), Syfy Channel, August 8, 2012
  13. ^ Cornog , Martha (September 15, 2011). "Graphic Novels: Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles: The Authorized Adaptation", Library Journal 136 (15). "Calero's mostly realistic colors integrate smoothly with the story and are well designed."

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