Michael A. Hernandez is an American comics artist also known by the pen name Michael Bair, who is best known for his work as an inker. His work includes Marvel Comics' Alpha Flight, and DC Comics' Hawkman. He is best known for inking Rags Morales' pencils since 2002, most notably on the miniseries Identity Crisis.
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Bair started his career in the early 1980s, pencilling a "Stormy Tempest" story in Star*Fems #2 for AC Comics/Paragon Publications in 1982. In 1983, he began working for the leading American comic book publishers, DC Comics and Marvel Comics. Bair's first work for "DC was the 'Huntress' backup in Wonder Woman and then JSA Vs America, [sic]" all of which work, he recalls, "was pencilling." He produced a range of penciled and inked covers for the company over the following ten years; for Marvel he penciled a backup story for Moon Knight #31, but focused on non-Marvel work until the mid-to-late 1980s.
For these few early years of his career, Bair says he "used my legal name which is Michael Hernandez. I chose to change to Bair because it's my mother's maiden name and you have to understand, there are a lot of Hernandez's in comics- I've even got chided over it [laughs]. It was simple to go with Bair — there are no other Bairs in comics — though I did get a call from Mike Barr over it [laughs]."
Bair's major work in the 1980s was providing interior pencils and often inks for DC Comics. In particular, he had a long run working on a number of Golden Age-connected characters with Roy Thomas. Penciling Infinity, Inc. gave way to some of his most notable works, co-creating the Young All-Stars and Young Allies in the pages of Young All-Stars with Roy and Dann Thomas.
His pencils graced the pages of Firestorm, and his inks appeared in Captain Atom in the late 1980s, during which time he inked the Catwoman mini-series written by Mindy Newell. Bair contributed work to DC's guidebook titles, including Secret Origins and Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe from 1985 to 1989.
Between 1987 and 1995, Bair drew a number of covers for Marvel Comics, pencilling, inking and occasionally painting several. Producing most of his Marvel work during the early 1990s, Bair provided the art for a story in the 1990 Daredevil Annual. Writer Gregory Wright commented "I don't think that story could have worked at all if it weren't for the terrific artwork of Michael Bair". Bair then pencilled Alpha Flight for a year, and provided pencils to various Marvel Comics series including The Avengers Annual #20, Nick Fury vol. 2 #12, The Punisher War Journal #34, and Uncanny X-Men #280.
He contributed pencils and inks to the Wild Cards anthology for Epic Comics, before - circa 1991 - switching mostly to inking duties, including on Sleepwalker and What If...? #36. He provided both pencils and inks to the first five issues of the Hellstorm series in 1993.
Bair recalled in 2004 that, "[t]he first ten years of my career was all pencilling — I didn't know how to ink". Having, early in his career, shown samples to Jim Shooter (then Marvel's Editor-in-chief), Bair recalled nearly twenty years later that Shooter "said, 'Those pencils look pretty good', and then when I showed him my inking, he said, 'But stay away from the inks'".
These comments, he says, "felt like a personal challenge, so on my own I worked on my inks and creators like Mark Texeira, who I worked with in the past, strongly influenced how I approached inking. The more I learned about inks, the more I wanted to ink my own work — there's a reason why you don't see too many people pencilling and inking their own work — it's just too much to do on a monthly schedule". The time-consuming nature of this led Bair to largely move away from penciling in favor of inking the pencils of others.
During the mid-1990s, Bair inked David W. Mack at Caliber Press and William Tucci at Crusade Entertainment on their respective comics: Kabuki and Shi. After working for various smaller publishers, Bair penciled and inked a couple of comics for Harris Comics' Vampirella.
In mid-1997, Bair working for DC Comics again, cementing his almost-exclusive switch from pencils to inks with the miniseries The Kents over pencils by Timothy Truman and half of JLA: Year One with series artist Barry Kitson. He inked most of the first two years of the James Robinson/David Goyer-written JSA revival over pencils by regular series artist Steve Sadowski. In 2002, Bair inked covers by Tom Grummett for Power Company, before first teaming with penciller Rags Morales on Geoff Johns and James Robinson's Hawkman relaunch. Morales said "when I saw the magic that Michael Bair added to my work, I knew I had to stick with this dude". Johns compared his artistic collaborators to the stars of the book, saying "there are four stars to this book. Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Rags Morales and Michael Bair... Michael Bair and Rags together make you feel every punch and smash in the series, but at the same time convey the utter beauty of Hawkgirl, who's graceful but is also very vicious."
He later inked issues in Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers metaseries, including two covers and one interior of the Bulleteer miniseries with penciler Yanick Paquette. In addition to his continued work with Morales, including a two-issue story in the JSA: Classified series, Bair co-inked Dave Gibbons' pencils in the Green Lantern Corps series, and on the cover of the Rann-Thanagar War: Infinite Crisis Special (April 2006), in which he provided some interior inks. In 2007, Bair inked Morales' pencils on Peter Tomasi's run on Nightwing.
In a tour of his studio, artist Simone Bianchi highlighted a photograph, explaining "it is a photo of myself and Mike Bair that was taken in New York in Summer 2004: that was a very important moment in my career and I owe a lot to this great artist and friend so I like having it in my studio."
Identity Crisis was selected by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)'s 2007 recommended list of Great Graphic Novels For Teens and was nominated for the 2005 "Best Single Issue or Story" Harvey Award.
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Michael Bair, acclaimed inker of the blockbuster miniseries Identity Crisis, has extended his exclusive agreement with DC Comics by one year.
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