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Mike Mayhew Bio

by | Mar 16, 2017 | BIOS, Comic Creators

Mike Mayhew

Mike Mayhew

Mike Mayhew is a world-renowned illustrator who creates some of the most exciting images in comics today. Mike specializes in photo-realism, and intense rendering of dynamic subjects. Mike’s approach ranges from state-of-the-art digital techniques to traditional watercolor and acrylic painting. His studio is located in Glendale, California.

Mike’s start in the comic industry was as a penciler for DC Comics in 1993. He honed his comic storytelling skills during runs on ZORRO and VAMPIRELLA. Mike’s cover art got notice on Marvel Comics like MYSTIQUE, ELEKTRA, THE PULSE and SHE-HULK. For Marvel Prose, Mike illustrated two MARY JANE prose young adult novels. Mike’s subsequent work included issues of SPAWN, his first fully painted comic X-MEN ORIGINS: JEAN GREY, and SAVAGE, his first creator owned title from Image comics. In 2009 Mike created an Effie award winning ad campaign for Cisco Systems called “The Realm”, which was an online motion comic. Mike’s work continued to appear in comics biggest titles, including AVENGERS and JUSTICE LEAGUE. Beginning in 2013, Mike adapted George Lucas’ original 1974 draft THE STAR WARS as an eight issue comic series from Dark Horse Comics. THE STAR WARS became a #1 NEW YORK TIMES best selling graphic novel and won a DIAMOND GEM award for “2013 Licensed Book of the Year”. In 2015 Mike did full issues of Marvel Comics GUARDIANS TEAM UP #3 and AVENGERS #43, as well as dozens of covers for Marvel and Dynamite Comics on titles like STAR WARS, SPIDER-MAN, ANT-MAN, SECRET WARS, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and VAMPIRELLA. In 2016 Mike has done full color art for STAR WARS #15 and #20, as well as numerous other interior and cover gigs.