Luke McDonnell (born July 19, 1959)[1] is an American artist whose early career was spent specialising in comic books.

Luke McDonnell
Born (1959-07-19) July 19, 1959 (age 60)
Notable works
Iron Man
Justice League of America
Suicide Squad


Comic booksEdit

Luke McDonnell began his career as a comics artist in 1980 and illustrated a wide variety of comics including long runs on Iron Man, The Phantom and Suicide Squad.[2] He made his Marvel Comics debut with the story "Eclipse of Reason" in Star Trek #12 (March 1981).[3] In 1983, McDonnell and writer Dennis O'Neil began a storyline in which the character James Rhodes replaced Tony Stark in the role of Iron Man.[4] McDonnell moved to DC Comics in 1985 and became the regular artist on Justice League of America with issue #245 (Dec. 1985).[5] He drew the title through its final storyline (#258–261) which was written by J. M. DeMatteis.[6] McDonnell was one of the contributors to the DC Challenge limited series[7] and then moved over to the Suicide Squad series written by John Ostrander.[8] Suicide Squad #23 (Jan. 1989) written by Ostrander and Kim Yale and drawn by McDonnell, featured Barbara Gordon, the former Batgirl, making her debut as Oracle.[9] The Ostrander, Yale, and McDonnell team produced a Deadshot limited series as well.[10] In 1995, McDonnell drew the final two issues of an Argus limited series after which his comics work has appeared only occasionally.[3]

Yoe! StudioEdit

McDonnell mainly works as a toy designer and illustrator at Craig Yoe's Yoe! Studio.[11]


DC ComicsEdit

First ComicsEdit

Marvel ComicsEdit

YOE Studio!Edit


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on February 18, 2011. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  2. ^ "Luke McDonnell". Lambiek Comiclopedia. December 19, 2006. Archived from the original on October 24, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Luke McDonnell at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ O'Neil, Dennis (w), McDonnell, Luke (p), Mitchell, Steve (i). "And Who Shall Clothe Himself In Iron?" Iron Man 170 (May 1983), Marvel Comics
  5. ^ Browning, Michael (August 2012). "Greetings From Detroit, Michigan: Justice League Detroit". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (58): 57.
  6. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 226. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Alongside artist Luke McDonnell, [J. M.] DeMatteis crafted a dramatic four–part finale to the first series of DC's premier team of superheroes.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Greenberger, Robert (August 2017). "It Sounded Like a Good Idea at the Time: A Look at the DC Challenge!". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (98): 43.
  8. ^ Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 228: "Writer John Ostrander gave the new Suicide Squad its own series, having brought the team to life in 1986's Legends miniseries...With the team's own title, Ostrander was helped by artist Luke McDonnell."
  9. ^ Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 239: "Barbara [Gordon] set herself as an information guru...Called Oracle, Barbara was recruited by the Suicide Squad in the pages of issue #23 of the Squad's comic, written by John Ostrander and Kim Yale, and pencilled by Luke McDonnell.
  10. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dougall, Alastair, ed. (2014). "1980s". Batman: A Visual History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 175. ISBN 978-1465424563. Deadshot featured in his own four–issue miniseries written by John Ostrander and Kim Yale and illustrated by Luke McDonnell.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  11. ^ Heller, Steven (May 1, 2007). "Big Deal on Big Boy Street: An Interview with Craig Yoe". AIGA Journal of Design. Archived from the original on May 14, 2011.

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Preceded by
Steve Ditko
Iron Man artist
Succeeded by
Rich Buckler
Preceded by
Joe Staton
Justice League of America artist
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Suicide Squad artist
Succeeded by
Jim Fern