Jamie McKelvie

Jamie McKelvie is a cartoonist and illustrator, known for his both work on books such as Phonogram, Young Avengers and The Wicked + The Divine, and his approach to comic character design.

Jamie McKelvie
McKelvie at the New York Comic Con in Manhattan, 10 October 2010.
Area(s)Cartoonist, Writer, Penciller, Inker, Letterer
Notable works
The Wicked + The Divine
Long Hot Summer
Young Avengers


Since 2003, McKelvie has collaborated with Kieron Gillen on a number of works. This started with a comic strip for the official PlayStation Magazine UK, entitled Save Point, which ran for at least three years.[1] Their first comic book together was Phonogram, a six-issue series in 2006, which was followed by two sequel series in 2008 and 2015 with Matt Wilson. The three worked together on a relaunch of Young Avengers for Marvel in 2013,[2] and created the 45-issue series The Wicked + The Divine between 2014 and 2019.[3]

His first creator-owned series as both writer and artist, Suburban Glamour, was published in 2008, with Guy Major and Matthew Wilson as colourists. He has done various work for Marvel Comics, including a run on Defenders with Matt Fraction, and the X-Men: Season One graphic novel with Dennis Hopeless.

McKelvie's artwork also graces the covers of the Art Brut album Brilliant! Tragic! and the single "Lost Weekend",[4][5][6] and of two novels by writer Mur Lafferty.[7]

Character designEdit

McKelvie has redesigned a number of characters' costumes, including the 2012 redesign of long-time character Carol Danvers, for a relaunch of the character as the new Captain Marvel,[8] and, in late 2013, the design for Kamala Khan's outfit when she becomes Ms Marvel.[9] He has also made available his personal takes on Wonder Woman,[10] Iron Man[11] and Cyclops.[12]

McKelvie has said that he emphasises practicality when creating his Marvel designs, stating that he considers the "message a [..] character's design is putting across",[13] and specifically for Ms. Marvel, the design reflects "the Captain Marvel legacy, and also her story and her background".[14]



Interior workEdit

  • "Loss" (with writer Amber Benson, in Four Letter Worlds, 144 pages, Image Comics, April 2005, ISBN 1-58240-439-9)
  • Long Hot Summer (with Eric Stephenson, graphic novel, 96 pages, Image Comics, September 2005, ISBN 1-58240-559-X)
  • Phonogram (with Kieron Gillen, three volume limited series, Image Comics, 2006, 2009, 2015): collected as:
  • Suburban Glamour (script and art, 4-issue mini-series, Image Comics, October 2007. tpb, 104 pages, Image, April 2008, ISBN 1-58240-878-5)
  • "Migas" (with writer Matt Fraction, Nightcrawler story in X-Men: Divided We Stand No. 1, comics anthology, Marvel Comics, June 2008)
  • Cable (with writer Duane Swierczynski, issues 11 and 12, Marvel Comics, 2009): collected within:
    • X-Force/Cable: Messiah War (collects X-Men: The Times and Life of Lucas Bishop #1–3, Cable #11–15, X-Force #14–16, X-Force/Cable: Messiah War One-Shot and X-Men: Future History – The Messiah War Sourcebook, tpb, 336 pages, ISBN 0785131736)
  • Gotham Gazette (part, with writer Fabian Nicieza, issues Batman Dead? No. 1 and Batman Alive? No. 1, DC Comics): collected within:
  • SIEGE Loki (with writer Kieron Gillen, one shot (April 2010), Marvel Comics): collected within:
  • Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man (with writer Brian Michael Bendis, Co-Artist Issue 150, Marvel Comics)
  • Invincible Iron Man (with writer Matt Fraction, back up stories in issues 32 and 33, Marvel Comics)
  • Generation Hope (with writer Kieron Gillen, issues 5 and 9, Marvel Comics): collected within:
  • Secret Avengers (with writer Warren Ellis, issue 16, Marvel Comics, August 2011): collected within
    • Run The Mission, Don't Get Seen, Save The World (collects #16–21, tpb, 144 pages, ISBN 0-78515-255-5)
  • X-Men Season One (with writer Dennis Hopeless, graphic novel, 136 pages, Marvel Comics, March 2012, ISBN 0-78515-645-3)
  • Defenders (with writer Matt Fraction, issues 8–11): collected within
  • Marvel Now Point One (part, with Kieron Gillen, Marvel Comics, 2012)
  • Young Avengers (with Kieron Gillen and Matt Wilson, Marvel Comics, 2013-4): collected as:
  • The Wicked + The Divine (with Kieron Gillen and Matt Wilson, Image Comics, 2014–2019): collected as:
    • The Faust Act (collects #1–5, tpb, 180 pages, ISBN 978-1-63215-019-6)
    • Fandemonium (Collects #6–11, tpb, 200 pages, ISBN 978-1-63215-327-2)
    • Commercial Suicide (Collects #12–17, tpb, 200 pages, ISBN 978-1-63215-631-0)
    • Rising Action (Collects #18–22, tpb, 168 pages, ISBN 978-1-63215-631-0)
    • Imperial Phase (Part 1) (Collects #23–28, tpb, 200 pages, ISBN 978-1-63215-631-0)
    • Imperial Phase (Part 2) (collects #29-33, tpb, 168 pages, 2018, ISBN 1534304738)
    • Mothering Invention (collects #34-39, tpb, 208 pages, 2018, ISBN 9781534308404)
    • Old is the New New (collects all specials, tpb, 232 pages, 2019, IBSN 1534308806)
    • Okay (collects #40-45, tpb, 168 pages, 2019, IBSN 1534312498)

Cover workEdit


  • Kudos 2, Positech Games


  1. ^ Greg Burgas (26 August 2006). "Ten questions with Kieron Gillen". CBR. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  2. ^ Richards, Dave (9 October 2012). "EXCLUSIVE: Gillen & McKelvie Assemble New Volume of "Young Avengers"". Comic Book Resources.
  3. ^ Wheeler, Andrew (9 January 2014). " Exclusive: Gillen & McKelvie Announce 'The Wicked + the Divine' For Image" Archived 29 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Comics Alliance.
  4. ^ Khouri, Andy (4 March 2011). " Jamie McKelvie’s Art Brut Album Cover with Exclusive Kieron Gillen Commentary" Archived 10 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Comics Alliance.
  5. ^ " Art Brut's 'Brilliant! Tragic!' album cover art by Jamie McKelvie". Marvel.com. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  6. ^ Reed, Patrick A. (1 September 2011). "Pop Music Comics: Brilliant! Tragic! (inspired by the songs Of Art Brut)". Depth of Field Magazine.
  7. ^ Orbit Books (4 January 2013).Cover Story: THE SHAMBLING GUIDE TO NYC by Mur Lafferty
  8. ^ Ching, Albert (22 March 2012). "Jamie McKelvie Details his Captain Marvel Redesign". Newsarama..
  9. ^ "P:R Approved: Jamie McKelvie's Ms. Marvel". Project Rooftop. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Wonder Woman by Jamie McKelvie". Project Rooftop. 26 April 2006. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Jamie McKelvie's Iron Man". Project Rooftop. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Jamie McKelvie Presents…X-Men's Cyclops with Moustache". ifanboy.com. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  13. ^ Albert Ching (22 March 2012). "Jamie McKelvie Details his CAPTAIN MARVEL Redesign". Newsarama. Retrieved 8 May 2016.

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