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Matt Wagner (born October 9, 1961)[1] is an American comics artist and writer who is best known as the creator of the series Mage and Grendel.

Matt Wagner
Matt Wagner at WonderCon 2009.JPG
Wagner at WonderCon 2009
Born (1961-10-09) October 9, 1961 (age 57)
Pennsylvania
NationalityAmerican
Area(s)Writer, Penciller, Inker, Letterer, Colourist
Notable works
Mage
Grendel
AwardsInkpot Award 1988

CareerEdit

Matt Wagner's first published comic book work was Comico Primer #2 (1982), which was the first appearance of Grendel.[2] In addition to his creator-owned series Mage and Grendel,[3] he has worked on comics featuring the Demon and Batman as well as such titles as Sandman Mystery Theatre.[4] In 1991, he illustrated part of the "Season of Mists" story arc in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman series.[5][6] He wrote and drew Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman: Trinity a limited series featuring DC's three major heroes in 2003.[7] He followed it with Batman and the Monster Men[8] and Batman and the Mad Monk[9] in 2006.[10]

His other projects include Madame Xanadu for Vertigo, with artist Amy Reeder Hadley.[11][12] He has produced numerous comics covers, including painted ones for Green Arrow[4] and has written several Green Hornet limited series for Dynamite Entertainment.[13]

Outside comics, Wagner provided art for the 1984 Villains & Vigilantes adventure Battle Above the Earth written by Steven Crow.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Wagner currently resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife Barbara Schutz (Diana Schutz's sister). Wagner is an atheist.[15]

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • 1988:
  • 1993:
    • Won "Best Finite Series/Limited Series" Eisner Award, for Grendel: War Child[18]
    • Nominated for "Best Writer/Artist" Eisner Award, for Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight: "Faces"[18]
    • Nominated for "Best Cover Artist" Eisner Award, for Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight: "Faces"[18]
    • Nominated for "Best Inker" Eisner Award, for Grendel: War Child[18]
  • 1995: Nominated for "Best Writer" Eisner Award, for Sandman Mystery Theatre[19]
  • 1999:
    • Won "Best Anthology" Eisner Award, for Grendel: Black, White, and Red[20]
    • Won "Best Short Story" Eisner Award, for "Devil's Advocate" in Grendel: Black, White, and Red #1[20]
    • Nominated for "Best Writer" Eisner Award, for Grendel: Black, White, and Red[20]

BibliographyEdit

 
Mage: The Hero Defined, cover by Matt Wagner.

Atomeka PressEdit

  • A1 #2 (1989)

Comic Legends Legal Defense FundEdit

  • The True North #1 (1988)
  • The True North II #1 (1991)

ComicoEdit

  • Grendel #1–3 (1983–1984)
  • Grendel vol. 2 #1–40 (1986–1990)
  • Mage #1–15 (1984–1986)
  • Magebook #1–2 (1985)
  • Primer #2, 5 (1982–1983)
  • Silverback #1–3 (1989)

Dark Horse ComicsEdit

  • Dark Horse Presents #40, 45 (1990)
  • Dark Horse Presents Fifth Anniversary Special #1 (1991)
  • Grendel Tales: Devil's Choices #1 (1995)
  • Grendel Tales: Devils and Deaths #1 (1994)
  • Grendel Tales: Homecoming #1–3 (1994–1995)
  • Grendel Tales: The Devil's Hammer #1–2 (1994)
  • Grendel: Behold the Devil #0, #1–8 (2007–2008)
  • Grendel: Black, White, and Red #1–4 (1998–1999)
  • Grendel: Devil's Legacy #1–5 (2000)
  • Grendel: War Child #1–10 (1992–1993)
  • The Terminator: One Shot #1 (1991)

DC ComicsEdit

VertigoEdit

Dynamite EntertainmentEdit

Image ComicsEdit

  • Mage: The Hero Defined #0–15 (1997–1999)
  • Mage: The Hero Denied #0–15 (2017–2019)

Legendary ComicsEdit

  • The Tower Chronicles: Dreadstalker #1–10 (2014–2015)
  • The Tower Chronicles: Geisthawk #1–4 (2012–2013)

Marvel ComicsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on February 18, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Eury, Michael (February 2004). "Wagner and Schutz: Creator Relations". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (2): 29.
  3. ^ "Matt Wagner". Lambiek Comiclopedia. 2015. Archived from the original on September 22, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ a b Matt Wagner at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^ Bender, Hy (1999). The Sandman Companion. New York, New York: DC Comics. p. 266. ISBN 978-1563894657.
  6. ^ Burgas, Greg (January 7, 2013). "Comics You Should Own – Sandman". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on April 10, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dougall, Alastair, ed. (2014). "2000s". Batman: A Visual History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 268. ISBN 978-1465424563. Matt Wagner headed to DC Comics to write and illustrate this three-issue prestige-format series that retold the original meeting between Batman and Superman and heroine Wonder Woman.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Manning "2000s" in Dougall, p. 286: "Writer/artist Matt Wagner utilized the Monster Men from [Batman #1] as well as their creator, Dr. Hugo Strange."
  9. ^ Manning "2000s" in Dougall, p. 291: "The second in his 'Dark Moon Rising' series, writer/artist Matt Wagner dug up another Golden Age gem in the person of the Mad Monk in this six-issue follow-up to Batman and the Monster Men."
  10. ^ Ramey, William E. (September 30, 2006). "Interview: Matt Wagner". Batman-on-film.com. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  11. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "2000s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 334. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Madame Xanadu was a relatively minor player in the DC Universe, but [Matt] Wagner, assisted by stunning art by Amy Hadley, crafted a first-class tale.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  12. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (April 11, 2008). "Wagner Saws Madame Xanadu in Half with Vertigo". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on September 8, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  13. ^ Sunu, Steve (January 27, 2011). "Wagner Brings Green Hornet: Year One to a Close". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on May 14, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  14. ^ Appelcline, Shannon (2011). Designers & Dragons. Swindon, England: Mongoose Publishing. p. 75. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.
  15. ^ April 2000 interview conducted Christopher Butcher by for PopImage: "I don't practice any religion but consider myself fascinated and well-versed with the entire schism. I describe myself as an atheist which seems to scare a LOT of people. But the other day my son asked me, "Dad, what God do you believe in?" And I answered "All of them." After making my own myths for so long, I can't really accept the unbending views of anyone else's version."
  16. ^ "1988 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on October 18, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  17. ^ "Inkpot Award Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on July 9, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  18. ^ a b c d "1993 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on November 7, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  19. ^ "1995 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on January 7, 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  20. ^ a b c "1999 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on March 7, 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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