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John Cassaday

John Cassaday
Cassaday at a book signing at Midtown Comics in Manhattan
Born John Mac Cassaday
Nationality American
Area(s) Penciller
Notable works
Astonishing X-Men
Captain America
Awards 2006 Eisner Award for Best Penciller/Inker

John Cassaday is an American comic book artist and writer, known for his work on Planetary, Astonishing X-Men, Captain America and Star Wars.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Bibliography 3
    • Dark Horse 3.1
    • DC 3.2
    • Image 3.3
    • Marvel 3.4
    • Books and compilations 3.5
  • Awards 4
    • Wins 4.1
    • Nominations 4.2
  • Notes 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7
    • Interviews 7.1

Early life

A self-taught illustrator, Cassaday studied filmmaking and directed TV news before leaving Texas to pursue a career in comics.[1] His influences include NC Wyeth,[2] classic pulp magazine-culture iconography, and popular music.[3]


Cassaday's professional career commenced in 1995 with a story in Caliber Comics' Negative Burn. However, he was not really "discovered" until the following year, when he showed his portfolio to Mark Waid at San Diego Comic-Con International; soon after the convention, Cassaday began to receive job offers. In December 1996 he began to provide art for Dark Horse Comics's Ghost. Less than 12 months later, he became the main artist on Desperadoes. He started getting work with DC and Marvel at the end of 1997, on publications such as theTeen Titans and Flash annuals, X-Men/Alpha Flight, and Union Jack.

He is best known for his work on the critically acclaimed[4] Planetary with writer Warren Ellis, Astonishing X-Men with Joss Whedon and Captain America with John Ney Rieber. The Captain America series was a re-launch under the Marvel Knights banner. Cassaday based the covers on World War II propaganda posters; they were popular with fans and critics alike. He revisited Captain America in 2007, illustrating an issue of Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America, written by Jeph Loeb. He has also created several covers for comic books featuring The Phantom, both for US publisher Moonstone Books and the European Egmont, as well as covers for Joss Whedon's Firefly spinoff comic Serenity: Those Left Behind, and Guy Ritchie's Gamekeeper. Renowned as a perfectionist, Cassaday personally inks his own work manually, it is then often colored by Laura Martin.

From 2004 to 2008, Cassaday illustrated the graphic novel trilogy Je suis légion by Fabien Nury from Les Humanoïdes Associés. In July 2006, Humanoïdes announced a co-production deal with Pierre Spengler which includes a screen adaptation of the trilogy and Cassaday was penciled in to direct the film.[5] The three books were published in eight issues as I Am Legion by Devil's Due Publishing.[6] In 2008, he handled covers and art direction on Dynamite Entertainment's The Lone Ranger comic-book series.

Cassaday directed "The Attic", the December 18, 2009 episode of the TV Dollhouse, which aired as the tenth episode of that series' second season.[7][8]


Dark Horse


Cover art from Absolute Planetary



Books and compilations

  • Ghost: Black October, Dark Horse, 1999, ISBN 1-56971-377-4
  • ''Hellboy Weird Tales volumes 1 and 2, Dark Horse, 2003, ISBN 1-56971-622-6, 2004, ISBN 1-56971-953-5
  • Union Jack, tpb, 96 pages, Marvel, 2002, ISBN 0-7851-0934-X
  • Desperadoes: A Moment's Sunlight tpb, 104 pages, DC, 1998, ISBN 1-58240-013-X
  • Desperadoes: Epidemic!, DC, 1999, ISBN B0006RRCHQ



  • 2004 Eisner Award for Best Penciller/Inker for Planetary and stories in Hellboy: Weird Tales
  • 2005 Eisner Award for Best Penciller/Inker for Astonishing X-Men, Planetary, and I Am Legion: The Dancing Faun (tied with illustrator Frank Quitely)
  • 2006 Eisner Award for Best Penciller/Inker for Astonishing X-Men and Planetary
  • 2006 Eisner Award for Best Ongoing Series for Astonishing X-Men (with Joss Whedon)
  • 2006 Eagle Award for Favourite Comics Artist: Pencils
  • 2007 Spike TV Scream Award for Best Comic-Book Artist


  • 2000 Eisner Award for Best Cover Artist for Planetary
  • 2004 Eagle Award for Favourite Comics Artist: Pencils
  • 2008 Eisner Award for Best Cover Artist for Astonishing X-Men and Lone Ranger[9]
  • 2010 Eisner Award for Best Cover Artist for Irredeemable and Lone Ranger[10]


  1. ^ Kim, Albert (April 28, 2008). "Comic Genius". Upstart Business Journal.
  2. ^ Roberts, Sidra (2002). "An Interview With John Cassaday". Coville's Clubhouse.
  3. ^ Giles, Keith (August 17, 2001). "It's official! John Cassaday takes on 'Captain America'". Comic Book Resources.
  4. ^ Kreiner, Rich (February 2004). "Firing Line:Planetary/Batman".  
  5. ^ Masters, Charles (July 14, 2006). "Spengler back in swing with comic-book lineup".  
  6. ^ Phegley, Kiel (October 30, 2008). "Cassaday's I Am Legion Lands at Devil's Due". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved October 30, 2008. 
  7. ^ "The Attic".  
  8. ^ Furey, Emmett (July 28, 2009). """CCI: Joss Whedon on "Dollhouse. Comic Book Resources. 
  9. ^ "2008 Eisner Nominations Announced". Comic Book Resources. April 14, 2008
  10. ^ Spurgeon, Tom (April 8, 2010). "Your 2010 Eisner Award Nominees". The Comics Reporter.


  • John Cassaday at the Grand Comics Database
  • John Cassaday on
  • Collectors' galleries of Cassaday's original artwork

External links


  • John Cassaday Interview at Comic Book Resources, October 28, 2001
  • An Interview With John Cassaday at, 2002
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