Barry Kitson

Barry Kitson is a British comics artist best known as a penciler of major superhero comic books published by Marvel Comics and DC Comics.

Barry Kitson
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Barry Kitson in 2014
Area(s)Writer, Penciller, Inker
Notable works
Legion of Super-Heroes


Kitson's first professional work was Spider-Man for Marvel UK. He also drew many stories for 2000 AD,[1] beginning with a "Future Shocks" tale written by Peter Milligan as well as others by Grant Morrison, and going on to achieve great acclaim with his detailed work on Judge Anderson written by Alan Grant.

Kitson provided illustrations for "Osgood Peabody's Big Green Dream Machine", a Superman text story written by Grant Morrison which appeared in the 1986 British Superman Annual.[2] His first American work for DC Comics was a Batgirl Special published in 1988.[3][4] He and writers Keith Giffen and Alan Grant launched the L.E.G.I.O.N. series in February 1989.[5] The Azrael series was crafted by Kitson and writer Dennis O'Neil beginning in February 1995.[6] While drawing Azrael, Kitson drew part of the "Contagion" storyline which crossed-over through the various Batman-related titles.[7] Kitson was one of the many artists who contributed to the Superman: The Wedding Album one-shot in 1996 wherein the title character married Lois Lane.[8] With writers Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn, Kitson produced the JLA: Year One limited series which clarified elements of the team's origin.[9] In 2000, Kitson drew a series titled Empire which was written by Waid, whose protagonist was a Doctor Doom-like supervillain named Golgoth who had defeated all superheroes and conquered the world. The series was originally published by Gorilla Comics, a company formed by Waid, Kurt Busiek and several others, but the company folded after only two issues were published.[10] Empire was completed under the DC Comics label in 2003 and 2004.[3] In 2002 he began a run on The Titans[11] and in 2004, he and Waid relaunched Legion of Super-Heroes.[12][13] for DC Comics and continued on it for two and a half years ending with issue No. 31.[3]

Kitson has worked with Marvel Comics since 2007 on titles including The Order, Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four, and The Amazing Spider-Man.[14] In addition, he has worked on The Incredible Hulk, an Iron Man miniseries, and FF.[3] In 2017, Kitson and Mark Waid collaborated on an Avengers limited series.[15] That same year, Kitson drew a Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil one-shot.[16]


DC Comics

IPC Magazines

Marvel Comics

Marvel UK

Other publishers


  1. ^ "Barry Kiitson". Lambiek Comiclopedia. 21 November 2006. Archived from the original on 13 October 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b Callahan, Timothy (2012). Grant Morrison: The Early Years. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. pp. 260–263. ISBN 978-1466343351. 'Osgood Peabody's Big Green Dream Machine...', with accompanying illustrations by a young Barry Kitson...A Superman story that has more in common with the Mort Weisinger-era Superman than the late-Bronze Age [of comics] stories of the time in which it was written.
  3. ^ a b c d Barry Kitson at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dougall, Alastair, ed. (2014). "1980s". Batman: A Visual History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 170. ISBN 978-1465424563. Scribe Barbara Randall and penciller Barry Kitson retired Batgirl after one final adventure in her first solo comic.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 241. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. In February [1989], the rebels from Invasion! leaped into L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 No. 1, a new tiitle by writer/artist Keith Giffen, scripter Alan Grant, and penciller Barry Kitson.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  6. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 269: "Longtime writer/editor and Azrael co-creator Denny O'Neil picked up the pieces of the life of former Batman Jean-Paul Valley in a new ongoing effort, aided by artist Barry Kitson."
  7. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 272
  8. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 275: " The behind-the-scenes talent on the monumental issue appropriately spanned several generations of the Man of Tomorrow's career. Written by Dan Jurgens, Karl Kesel, David Michelinie, Louise Simonson, and Roger Stern, the one-shot featured the pencils of John Byrne, Gil Kane, Stuart Immonen, Paul Ryan, Jon Bogdanove, Kieron Dwyer, Tom Grummett, Dick Giordano, Jim Mooney, Curt Swan, Nick Cardy, Al Plastino, Barry Kitson, Ron Frenz, and Dan Jurgens."
  9. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 282: "It was up to writers Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn and artist Barry Kitson to fill in the blanks. With their twelve-issue maxiseries JLA: Year One, the trio examined the early days of the team...JLA: Year One proved a success, and cleaned up decades of convoluted comic history."
  10. ^ Dean, Michael (8 June 2001). "The Case of the Disappearing Gorilla: The Banana Trust Explains How Not to Start a Comics Line". The Comics Journal #234. Seattle, Washington: Fantagraphics Books. Archived from the original on 4 March 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  11. ^ Singh, Arune (31 May 2002). "The New Not-so-Teen Titan: Barry Kitson talks Titans". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 5 October 2012.
  12. ^ Singh, Arune (27 December 2004). "The New Legion World: Barry Kitson talks Legion of Super-Heroes". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 5 October 2012.
  13. ^ Cowsill, Alan "2000s" in Dolan, p. 318: "Top writer Mark Waid and artist Barry Kitson joined forces to relaunch one of DC's best-loved super-teams."
  14. ^ Richards, Dave (6 February 2008). "Taking Another (Web) Swing: Kitson Talks Amazing Spider-Man". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 5 October 2012.
  15. ^ Collins, Elle (13 October 2016). "The First Ever All-New Avengers Are Back In Avengers #1.1 (Preview)". ComicsAlliance. Archived from the original on 30 January 2017. In Avengers #1.1, by Mark Waid and Barry Kitson, a new team of Avengers must figure out how to live up to their predecessors. But this is a flashback story, and the mostly green new team consists of Captain America, Hawkeye, the Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver.
  16. ^ "Excl. Preview: Diana Is On the Hunt in Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil Special #1". Comic Book Resources. 19 June 2017. Archived from the original on 2 July 2017.

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Preceded by
L.E.G.I.O.N. penciller
Succeeded by
Arnie Jorgensen
Preceded by
Tom Grummett
The Adventures of Superman penciller
Succeeded by
Stuart Immonen
Preceded by
Azrael penciller
Succeeded by
Doug Braithwaite
Preceded by
M. D. Bright
Batman: Shadow of the Bat penciller
Succeeded by
Mike Dutkiewicz
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