Steve Lightle

Steve Lightle (born November 19, 1959)[1] is an American comics artist who has worked primarily as a penciller. He is best known as the artist of DC Comics' Legion of Super-Heroes and Doom Patrol titles.

Steve Lightle
Born (1959-11-19) November 19, 1959 (age 61)
Notable works
Doom Patrol
Legion of Super-Heroes


Steve Lightle attended the Johnson County Community College in the Kansas City metropolitan area.[2] His first professional comic book work was a five–page story in Black Diamond #4 (Feb. 1984) published by AC Comics. He followed this with his debut at DC Comics, drawing a 10–page story in New Talent Showcase #4 (April 1984),[3] a series intended to provide work for up–and–coming artists who did not have a regular assignment.[4]

In 1984, Lightle followed Keith Giffen as the penciller of Legion of Super-Heroes.[5] Lightle described it as being a "dream assignment" to work on the title.[6] One of Lightle's issues featured the death of the longtime Legion member the Karate Kid.[7] Although Lightle's tenure as interior artist was brief, he continued as the cover artist until 1988.[3] Lightle co-created two Legionnaires, Tellus and Quislet,[8] whose unusual appearances contrasted with the humanoid appearances of the other Legionnaires.

In 1986, Lightle was one of the contributors to the DC Challenge limited series[9] and drew part of Batman #400 (Oct. 1986).[10] The following year, he was the original penciler of the revival of Doom Patrol,[11] but he left after the first five-issue story arc due to creative differences.[12] Much of Lightle's work since then has been as a cover artist for which he typically inks his own penciled artwork. In 1989 and 1990, Lightle was the regular cover artist for Classic X-Men[3] (later retitled X-Men Classic). He produced new covers and frontispieces to accompany the reprinted stories.


AC ComicsEdit

  • Black Diamond #4 (1984)

DC ComicsEdit

Marvel ComicsEdit


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  2. ^ Bails, Jerry (n.d.). "Lightle, Steve". Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928-1999. Archived from the original on May 11, 2007.
  3. ^ a b c Steve Lightle at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ Greenberger, Robert (April 2014). "New Talent and Bonus Babies". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (71): 67.
  5. ^ Schweier, Philip (October 2013). "Back to the Future: The Legion in the 1980s". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (68): 57–61.
  6. ^ Vollmar, Rob (June 14, 2007). "Conversation With A Craftsman: Steve Lightle Talks With Rob Vollmar". Silver Bullet Comics. Archived from the original on June 14, 2007. Retrieved March 30, 2012. I was made to feel very welcome on Legion, and since the characters had been favorites of mine consistently since childhood, it was a dream assignment. I can't say enough good about Paul Levitz, who encouraged me to be involved in every aspect of the book and its characters.
  7. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 209. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. In a story written by Paul Levitz, with art by Keith Giffen and Steve Lightle...the Karate Kid gave his life heroically while battling Nemesis Kid.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Signh, Arune (October 30, 2002). "Because You Demanded It, A Legionnaire Returns: Steve Lightle Talks Legion". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on March 31, 2012. Retrieved March 30, 2012. I hold the distinction of having suggested the first non-humanoid Legionnaires in the long history of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Tellus and Quislet were the first nonhuman members of the Legion, and I'm very happy that Paul Levitz and I broke that barrier by creating them.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Trumbull, John (December 2013). "A New Beginning...And a Probable End Batman #300 and #400". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (69): 51.
  11. ^ Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 229: "October [1987] saw a new Doom Patrol series, by writer Paul Kupperberg and artist Steve Lightle."
  12. ^ Browning, Michael (July 2013). "The Doom Patrol Interviews: Steve Lightle". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (65): 51. I'd decided that it wasn't going in the direction I wanted and the promises I had been made hadn't even been anywhere near fulfilled.

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Preceded by
Keith Giffen
Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 3 artist
Succeeded by
Greg LaRocque
Preceded by
Doom Patrol vol. 2 artist
Succeeded by
Erik Larsen