José Edilbenes Bezerra (born November 20, 1972), better known by his professional name Ed Benes, is a Brazilian comic book artist, known for his work for DC Comics, on such titles as Birds of Prey, Supergirl, Superman, and Justice League of America.

Ed Benes
BornJosé Edilbenes Bezerra
(1972-11-20) November 20, 1972 (age 47)
Alto Santo, Ceará, Brazil
Area(s)Penciller, Inker
Notable works
Birds of Prey
Justice League of America, vol. 2
Supergirl, vol. 3
Superman, vol. 2

Early lifeEdit

José Edilbenes Bezerra was born November 20, 1972, in Alto Santo, a small town in the Brazilian state of Ceará, in the northeast region of the country. He has lived in Limoeiro do Norte, a medium town also in Ceará state, since he was 14 years old. He began drawing on his own in 1989, referencing the artwork from his brother's comic books. He also took a correspondence art course, though he did not finish it.[1]


Benes' got his first professional work in 1993, after he mailed out sample art, and was discovered by Neal Adams, who gave him the job of illustrating Samuree for Continuity Comics in 1993.[1] In the 1990s Benes began to work for Marvel where he did art for multiple comic book titles, including a Captain Marvel six-part miniseries.

He later moved to DC Comics, where continued penciling more work for titles such as Gen¹³, Birds of Prey, Supergirl (vol. 3), and Superman (vol. 2). In 2006 Benes was assigned to provide art to for writer Brad Meltzer's run on Justice League of America series,[2] which he drew until 2009. He subsequently contributed to Batman and Birds of Prey (vol. 2) titles, and Steel.

In 2018, Benes released the first comic he also wrote along with penciling, Nina & Ariel. Financed through crowdfunding, the title takes an adult comics approach inspired by Fire and Ice, where two female warriors try to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.[3][4]

Studio and teachingEdit

Ed Benes began the Ed Benes Studio for aspiring comic book artists, which currently offers several courses on illustration and techniques in sequential storytelling, and hosts lectures and workshops.[5]


Cover to Supergirl#78. Art by Ed Benes.



Other publishersEdit

  • Glory #11-12 (Image)
  • WildC.A.T.S. #44-50 (1998) (Image)
  • Samuree, vol. 2, #4 (Continuity)


  1. ^ a b "Biography". Archived from the original on 2013-07-07. Retrieved 2012-04-09. Reprinted from Wizard magazine Brazil #5 (late 2003)
  2. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "2000s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 326. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. After the success of Identity Crisis, best-selling novelist Brad Meltzer was given the job of relaunching the Justice League of America in the title's second series. With Ed Benes providing the pencils, Meltzer stripped the Justice League back to basics.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Nina & Ariel: An original Ed Benes story (NSFW)
  4. ^ Nina & Ariel Review (in Portuguese)
  5. ^ "Ed Benes Studio". Archived from the original on 2010-05-23.


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Preceded by
Leonard Kirk
Supergirl artist
Succeeded by
Ian Churchill
Preceded by
Casey Jones
Birds of Prey artist
Succeeded by
Joe Bennett
Preceded by
Jim Lee
Superman artist
Succeeded by
Carlos Pacheco
Preceded by
Justice League of America artist
Succeeded by
Mark Bagley
Preceded by
Claude St. Aubin
Birds of Prey artist
Succeeded by
Ardian Syaf