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Tony Harris (cartoonist)

Tony Harris
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Penciller, Inker, Colourist
Notable works Starman, vol. 2
Ex Machina
JSA: Liberty File
JSA: Unholy Three
Awards Nominated for five Eisner Awards

Tony Harris (born 1969) is an American comic book artist, known for his work on series such as Starman, Iron Man, and Ex Machina. He has been nominated for five Eisner Awards.


Harris began his comics career in 1989. Initially he flitted from assignment to assignment, and worked on T-shirts and ads to pay the bills during dry spells in his comics work.[1] He rose to prominence in 1994 with the publication of DC comics’ Starman. Summarizing his career up to this point, he remarked "When you jump around as a freelancer, it's easy to have your attention span dwindle down to that of a gnat. When I got Starman, I had to buckle down and just get serious about the work."[1] Co-created with James Robinson, Starman led the two to critical acclaim and eventually an Eisner Award for the "Sand and Stars" story arc.[2]

After four and a half years on Starman, Harris left to pursue other projects but remained as cover artist on Starman for another year and a half. During this time he was also one of the original members of Atlanta's Gaijin Studios.

He pencilled the series Ex Machina with Brian K. Vaughan, published by Wildstorm from 2004 to 2010, and War Heroes with Mark Millar, published by Image Comics, which has only had 3 issues published as of 2013.[3] In April 2010, Following the completion of Ex Machina, Harris announced that he and B. Clay Moore would produce a series called The Further Adventures of the Whistling Skull, this was later turned into JSA Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull, tying it into the earlier JSA Liberty Files stories he did, and the first issue saw print in December 2012.[4][5] Concurrently with this, he will launch a new series with Steve Niles, 'Chin Music', set to start in April 2013, then launch a new creator owned series, Roundeye: For Love.[6][7][8]

In the late 1990s he moved on to form Jolly Roger Studio, in Macon, Georgia.

Other works include key frame animation and story boards for Chevrolet commercial, illustration for Cartoon Network, product design and illustration for Universal’s The Mummy.


In November 2012, Harris posted a controversial rant about female cosplayers on his Facebook page that drew accusations of misogyny from a number of publications.[9]

Allegations emerged in 2013 that Harris defrauded contributors to his Kickstarter campaign to fund the publication of his Roundeye graphic novel. Among the complaints levelled were that Harris changed the terms of his rewards for donors and that he did not respond to questions when the product failed to be received but later appeared for sale on[10]


Harris makes extensive use of models and photo reference in his work, and composes panels featuring multiple characters with models he uses to represent specific characters. Ex Machina: The First Hundred Days, the first collected trade paperback of that series, featured a "Cast of Characters" page showing the 12 models that starred as the characters in that storyline, followed by a gallery showing how several excerpted pages from that story progressed from photo to pencil art to inks to colors.[11]


Comics work (interior pencil art) includes:


  • Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #169-171 (2003)
  • Ex Machina #1-50 (2004–10)
  • Green Lantern Corps Quarterly #7 (1993)
  • Hourman #22 (2001)
  • JSA: All-Stars, miniseries, #4 (2003)
  • JSA: Liberty File, miniseries, #1-2 (2000)
  • JSA: Unholy Three, miniseries, #1-2 (2000)
  • JSA Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull, miniseries, #1-6 (2012-2013)
  • Legion: Secret Files 3003 (among other artists) (2004)
  • The Legion #25 (among other artists) (2003)
  • Starman, vol. 2, #0-5, 7-33, 35, 37, 39-40, 43, 45 (1994–98)
  • Superman: Lex 2000 (among other artists) (2001)


Other publishers

  • Blade #1-2 (Buccaneer, 1989)
  • Down #1 (Image, 2005)
  • Frank Frazetta Fantasy Illustrated #2 (Quantumm, 1999)
  • Nightbreed #18-20 (Epic, 1992)
  • Nightmare on Elm Street (Innovation Publishing, 1991)
  • Obergeist: Ragnarok Highway #1-6 (Image, 2001)
  • Chin Music #1- (Image, 2013, with writer Steve Niles)

Award nominations

  • 1995 Eisner Award for Best Cover Artist (for Starman)[12]
  • 1997 Eisner Award for Best Cover Artist (for Starman)[2]
  • 1997 Eisner Award for Best Cover Artist (for Starman)[2]
  • 1997 Eisner Award for Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team (with Wade Von Grawbadger, for Starman)[2]
  • 2006 Eisner Award for Best Cover Artist (for Ex Machina[13])



  • Grand Comics Database

External links

  • Jolly Roger Studio
  • Tony Harris Talks About His 20 Years in Comics at, October 5, 2009
  • Tony Harris at the Comic Book DB

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