Michael T. Gilbert

Michael Terry Gilbert (born May 7, 1951) is an American comic book artist and writer who has worked for both mainstream and underground comic book companies.

Michael T. Gilbert
Michael T. Gilbert
BornMichael Terry Gilbert
May 7, 1951 (age 67)
Area(s)Writer, Penciller, Inker, Editor, Letterer, Colourist
Notable works
Doc Stearn...Mr. Monster


Gilbert attended the State University of New York at New Paltz, graduating in 1973.

Writing career

Early work

Gilbert's first comic stories were printed in 1973 in his self-published underground, New Paltz Comix. He began drawing for several Star Reach and Kitchen Sink titles; a mix of underground comix (Slow Death, Bizarre Sex, American Splendor issues #4 and #6 by Harvey Pekar) and ground-level comics such as Star*Reach and Quack!. He also did script and artwork on Aardvark's Strange Brew, Tiny Terror Tales and The Wraith (a parody of the famous Will Eisner character The Spirit),[1] and he worked on the celebrated Elric series with P. Craig Russell, a Pacific Comics adaptation of the Michael Moorcock sword and sorcery novels.

Mr. Monster

Gilbert is most well known for his full-color series called Doc Stearn...Mr. Monster, about a monster fighter. It was published by Eclipse Comics, based on an earlier character created by Fred Kelly from a Canadian comic book, Triumph Comics #51 (April 1946). Mr. Monster was published throughout the 1980s and on, with new stories appearing in 2016 and on. Also graphic novel collections and special issues also devoted to reprints of American horror comics of the 1950s. Gilbert also writes a column discussing these comics called Mr. Monster's Comic Crypt, beginning in writer/editor Roy Thomas' fanzine Alter Ego (originally as part of the magazine Comic Book Artist).[2] Mr. Monster was later published by Dark Horse Comics.[1]

Other works

Gilbert contributed to the Spirit Jam, where dozens of notable artists combined on one new The Spirit story, including Eisner himself. Gilbert has also worked on Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor[3] and Heavy Metal.[4]

He has worked for the two major comic companies, Marvel and DC, producing an issue of Marvel Double-Shot which featured Dr. Strange[2] and for DC worked on Legends of the Dark Knight and, in 2000, wrote and illustrated a Superman graphic novel, Mann & Superman. He has written or drawn characters as diverse as Superman, Batman, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse and Bart Simpson. He has been a scriptwriter for Disney comics and Egmont Publishing in Denmark since 1989, as has his wife Janet Gilbert. He has written and drawn Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, which reflects on sixty years of Batman adventures.[1][5]


Gilbert was presented with the Inkpot Award at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con.


Comics work includes:


  • Douresseau, LJ (2004). Interview with Michael T. Gilbert
  • Weiland, Jonah (June 9, 2004). "Michael T. Gilbert Chats With The Irrepressible Mr. Monster". Comic Book Resources.
  • Will Scott Interviews Michael T. Gilbert in Sequential Highway August 15, 2012


  1. ^ a b c Will Scott Interviews Michael T. Gilbert in Sequential Highway August 15, 2012
  2. ^ a b Interview with Michael T. Gilbert by L.J. Douresseau in ComicBin.com
  3. ^ Column: Retronomicon: Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor, Vol. 1 (1996) by J. Keith Haney in Innsmouth Free Press, March 20, 2012
  4. ^ Heavy Metal Page 1 in DeviantArt.com.
  5. ^ Douresseaux, Leroy (2006). The Joy of Discovery


External links

2004 in comics

Notable events of 2004 in comics. See also List of years in comics.


Aardvark-Vanaheim is a Canadian independent comic book publisher founded in 1977 by Dave Sim and Deni Loubert and is best known for publishing Sim's Cerebus.In July 1984, Aardvark-Vanaheim was threatened with possible legal action by Marvel Comics over a parody of Marvel's Wolverine character in Cerebus.For a brief time, the company also published other titles, sometimes under the name Aardvark One International. This was mainly in the early 1980s, and most of these titles moved to Renegade Press. Since the 1980s the majority of titles published by the company were related to Cerebus, although since the final issue of Cerebus was published, A-V has gone on to publish other works by Sim, including glamourpuss.

A-V's offices are located in Kitchener, Ontario.

Atomeka Press

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Blockbuster (DC Comics)

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Dark Horse Presents

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Doc Stearn...Mr. Monster

Doc Stearn...Mr. Monster is a comic book featuring a superhero created by Michael T. Gilbert, most recently published by Dark Horse Comics. The character first appeared in Pacific Comics Vanguard Illustrated #7 (July 1984). Later the character graduated to his own monthly series Doc Stearn...Mr. Monster from Eclipse Comics. Mr. Monster was derived from an old 1940's character created by Fred Kelly who appeared only twice in 1940s Canadian comic books (Triumph Comics #31, 1946, and Super-Duper Comics #3, 1947). After trademarking Mr. Monster, Gilbert heavily revised the character creating a Horror/Humor hybrid which often featured heavy satire of both the horror genre and superhero comics in general.

Eye (Centaur Publications)

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Fred Kelly (comics)

Frederick George "Fred" Kelly (September 8, 1921 in Toronto – September 14, 2005 in Owen Sound) was a comic book writer and artist known for his contributions to the "Canadian Whites" era during the Second World War.

Kelly worked for Bell Productions in Toronto, where his creations included the original version of the character "Mr. Monster". He also worked for the Montreal-based "Educational Projects", where he illustrated non-fictional comics about Canadian historical figures.In 1946, Kelly briefly worked with Damon Runyon on "The Other Half", a comic strip based on Runyon's Prohibition-era stories; however, this project collapsed with Runyon's death. Kelly subsequently left comics, and worked in various fields including medical illustration and real estate.In 2003, Michael T. Gilbert (whose 1980s creation of "Mr. Monster" was directly inspired by Kelly's work) wrote a tribute to Kelly, and — in the process of researching Kelly — befriended comics historian Robert Pincombe; the next year Pincombe notified Gilbert that he had located Kelly, who (to Gilbert's surprise) was still alive. Kelly subsequently appeared as Gilbert's invited guest at the June 2004 Toronto Comic Con.

History of the DC Universe

History of the DC Universe is a two–issue comic book limited series created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Pérez which was published by DC Comics following the end of Crisis on Infinite Earths.


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The penciller creates a drawing, the inker outlines, interprets, finalizes, retraces this drawing by using a pencil, pen or a brush. Inking was necessary in the traditional printing process as presses could not reproduce pencilled drawings. "Inking" of text is usually handled by another specialist, the letterer,

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Ken Bruzenak

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Mark Askwith

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Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse is a funny animal cartoon character and the mascot of The Walt Disney Company. He was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks at the Walt Disney Studios in 1928. An anthropomorphic mouse who typically wears red shorts, large yellow shoes, and white gloves, Mickey is one of the world's most recognizable characters.

Created as a replacement for a prior Disney character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Mickey first appeared in the short Plane Crazy, debuting publicly in the short film Steamboat Willie (1928), one of the first sound cartoons. He went on to appear in over 130 films, including The Band Concert (1935), Brave Little Tailor (1938), and Fantasia (1940). Mickey appeared primarily in short films, but also occasionally in feature-length films. Ten of Mickey's cartoons were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, one of which, Lend a Paw, won the award in 1942. In 1978, Mickey became the first cartoon character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Beginning in 1930, Mickey has also been featured extensively as a comic strip character. His self-titled newspaper strip, drawn primarily by Floyd Gottfredson, ran for 45 years. Mickey has also appeared in comic books such as Disney Italy's Topolino, MM - Mickey Mouse Mystery Magazine, and Wizards of Mickey, and in television series such as The Mickey Mouse Club (1955–1996) and others. He also appears in other media such as video games as well as merchandising and is a meetable character at the Disney parks.

Mickey generally appears alongside his girlfriend Minnie Mouse, his pet dog Pluto, his friends Donald Duck and Goofy, and his nemesis Pete, among others (see Mickey Mouse universe). Though originally characterized as a cheeky lovable rogue, Mickey was rebranded over time as a nice guy, usually seen as an honest and bodacious hero. In 2009, Disney began to rebrand the character again by putting less emphasis on his friendly, well-meaning persona and reintroducing the more menacing and stubborn sides of his personality, beginning with the video game Epic Mickey.

Mickey Mouse Adventures

Mickey Mouse Adventures was a comic book first published by Disney Comics from 1990 to 1991. It featured Mickey Mouse as the main character along with other characters from the Mickey Mouse universe. Somewhat similar in style to the animated series DuckTales, it was based on the continuity of earlier print material starring Mickey, mainly Floyd Gottfredson's stories in the comic strip. These stories usually featured Mickey, with the help of longtime friends Goofy, Donald Duck, Pluto, Minnie Mouse, Horace Horsecollar, and Clarabelle Cow, having adventures in or out of Mouseton against adversaries such as The Phantom Blot, Big Bad Pete, Emil Eagle, and even newcomer villains like Wiley Wildbeest, Ms. Vixen, and Prince Penguin. The main feature was written by contemporary writers such as Michael T. Gilbert, Marv Wolfman, and others. The back-up features were reprints of classic Mickey Mouse comic stories. The comic ran for 18 issues from April 1990 to September 1991.

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Slow Death

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Tundra Publishing

Tundra Publishing was a Northampton, Massachusetts-based comic book publisher founded by Kevin Eastman in 1990. The company was founded to provide a venue for adventurous, creator-owned work by talented cartoonists and illustrators. Its publications were noted in the trade for their high production values, including glossy paper stock, full-color printing, and square binding. Tundra was one of the earlier creator-owned companies, before the formation of Image Comics and Dark Horse Comics' Legends imprint.Creators and projects involved with Tundra included Alan Moore and Bill Sienkiewicz's Big Numbers, Moore & Eddie Campbell's From Hell, Moore & Melinda Gebbie's Lost Girls (these last two original serialised in Stephen R. Bissette's Taboo anthology, which was also part-published by Tundra), The Crow, Mike Allred's Madman and Dave McKean's Cages.Despite its ambitious start, Tundra never became a profitable enterprise. It closed its doors in 1993 after burning through $14 million in three years. Kitchen Sink Press acquired its holdings; it reprinted popular Tundra publications such as Understanding Comics and continued to publish some Tundra series such as Taboo.

Uncle Scrooge

Uncle Scrooge (stylized as Uncle $crooge) is a comic book starring Scrooge McDuck ("the richest duck in the world"), his nephew Donald Duck, and grandnephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and revolving around their adventures in Duckburg and around the world. It was first published in Four Color Comics #386 March 1952, as a spin-off of the popular "Donald Duck" series and is still presently ongoing. It has been produced under the aegis of several different publishers, including Western Publishing (initially in association with Dell Comics and later under its own subsidiary, Gold Key Comics and its Whitman imprint), Gladstone Publishing, Disney Comics, Gemstone Publishing, Boom! Studios, and IDW Publishing, and has undergone several hiatuses of varying length. Despite this, it has maintained the same numbering scheme throughout its six decade history, with only IDW adding a secondary numbering that started at #1.Besides Scrooge and his family, recurring characters include Gyro Gearloose, Gladstone Gander, Emily Quackfaster, and Brigitta MacBridge. Among the adversaries who make repeat appearances are the Beagle Boys, Magica De Spell, John D. Rockerduck and Flintheart Glomgold. Uncle Scrooge is one of the core titles of the "Duck universe".

Its early issues by famed writer/artist (and creator of Scrooge McDuck) Carl Barks formed the inspiration for the syndicated television cartoon DuckTales in the late 1980s. Several stories written by Barks and published in Uncle Scrooge were adapted as episodes of DuckTales.

Wraith (comics)

Wraith, in comics, may refer to:

Wraith (Marvel Comics), three Marvel characters:

Wraith (Hector Rendoza), a one-time member of the X-Men

Wraith (Brian DeWolff), a supervillain adversary of Spider-Man

Wraith (Zak-Del), a character introduced in the Marvel Comics storyline Annihilation Conquest

John Wraith, a supporting character in the X-Men comic books who goes by the alias Kestrel

Wraith (Amalgam Comics) (Todd LeBeau), an Amalgam Comics character from JLX

Wraith (Image Comics), a member of Dynamo 5, formerly known as Myriad.

Wraith (independent comics), a funny-animal detective created by Michael T. Gilbert in Quack!, a title of Star Reach Comics

Wraith (Trinity Comics), a character created by Australian comics creator Frank Dirscherl.

Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland, a comicbook miniseries written by Joe Hill.

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