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Ian Akin (born July 28, 1959 in California)[1] is a comic book artist, known primarily for inking. Along with his inking partner, Brian Garvey, Akin worked on many superhero comics (mostly for Marvel Comics) from 1982–1988.

Ian Akin
Born (1959-07-28) July 28, 1959 (age 60)


Akin grew up in southern California, in Riverside County. At age 13, he and his mother and sister moved to San Francisco.

Akin's first professional job was producing artwork for Larry Fuller's New Funny Book in 1978.[2] Around this time he met Brian Garvey, who shortly joined Akin's small, San Francisco-based studio.

Akin & GarveyEdit

In 1982, Akin began his ten-year partnership with Garvey, inking for Marvel Comics on ROM Spaceknight #34 (Sept. 1982), 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. In 1984, the pair inked the four-issue mini-series Starriors and issue four of the mini-series The Transformers for Marvel. The pair inked issues #190–209 of Iron Man, as well as three years working on The Transformers.

In the mid-1980s, the pair branched out, producing work for DC Comics, where they worked on comics including Firestorm (for five consecutive issues) and The Warlord; Pacific Comics; and Savage Graphics, while continuing to produce covers and interior art for Marvel.[2] Akin & Garvey worked for Continuity Comics between 1986 and 1992, on titles including Megalith, Ms. Mystic and Samuree.[2]

In the early 1990s, Akin (and Garvey) produced work for Disney Comics, on titles featuring Jessica Rabbit and The Little Mermaid, and others.[2] The inking duo disbanded in 1992 to pursue separate projects.[citation needed]

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

Solo workEdit

Between 1994 and 1995, Akin produced covers for Disney Digest reprints, including for Darkwing Duck.[2] He continued to produce work steadily for Marvel through the 1990s, notably as the regular inker on Marvel's Darkhawk from 1993–1995, and Professor Xavier and the X-Men from 1995–1997. He was a regular inker on the 1990s incarnation of What If..., but since the mid-1990s, Akin has no significant published credits.

Select bibliographyEdit

Akin & GarveyEdit


  • Darkhawk #28–50 (Marvel)
  • Professor Xavier and the X-Men #2, 5, 7, 8, 10–13, 15–18 (Marvel)


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e Who's Who of American Comics: 1928 - 1999 by Bails, Jerry G. and Ware, Hames. Accessed September 12, 2008


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Preceded by
Joe Sinnott
ROM Spaceknight inker
(with Brian Garvey)

Succeeded by
Mel Candido
Preceded by
Steve Mitchell
Iron Man inker
(with Brian Garvey)

Succeeded by
Sam DeLarosa
Preceded by
Tom Morgan
Transformers inker
(with Brian Garvey)

Succeeded by
Dave Hunt
Preceded by
Chris Ivy
Darkhawk inker
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Jesse Delperdang
Professor Xavier and the X-Men inker
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