Thursday, October 1, 2015

Happy 60th Birthday Michael Golden

born on Oct 1st 1955, has been one of the most influential comic artists of the last 40 years.

Here we see Michael Golden with a Marvel house add that he drew in the early 80's. 

Michael Golden got his start in the late 70's in such odd ball comics as Batman Family and Mister Miracle.
Even from the very beginning Michael Golden had something special about his art as you can see here from this double page spread from Batman Family 20, Oct 1978.

He got his big break as the regular artist on the Micronauts in 1979.

After a year of great work on Micronauts Golden brought his great talent to the covers of various Marvel titles.

Some of Golden's most beloved work is some one offs he did for Marvel at this time.
Michael Golden brought his awesome talents to the co-creation of Rogue with Chris Claremont in the pages of Avengers Annual #10, 1981.
He also did an amazing one off of Doctor Strange #55, Oct 1982, with Roger Stern.
Golden's next big project was an independently published work he co-created with Larry Hama called Bucky O'Hare.

And in the late 80's Golden worked with Doug Murry on the Nam.

Michael Golden drew some of the greatest shots of beloved Marvel characters of the time.

Doctor Strange #55, Oct 1982

Avengers Annual #10, 1981
Michael Golden has had a profound influence on the industry as well.

Michael Golden (left) was a big influence on Art Adams (right)

You can also see Michael Golden's (left) influence on Jim Lee (right) and the guys of the whole Image Comics revolution of the 90's.

Michael Golden's iconic Marvel promotional poster is considered by many to be the quintessential work of the early 80's defining the beginning of the Copper Age.

Michael Golden started working in the industry at a time when the industry as a whole was coming out of a depression and they were struggling to gain their footing as an industry. While many books were poorly put together, Michael Golden's work was a par-excellent example of comics. Because of this he struggled to find the appropriate appreciation for his talent from the publishers or the audience. Unfortunately we only have a few examples of his genius as a result, but that genius is there in stunning display, enough so that it influenced the whole industry through Jim Lee and the whole Image Comics revolution of the 90's. Michael Golden may not have ever made superstar status in the eyes of the public but the pros knew what he was and gave him his just recognition, as that of a genius talent that only comes once in a generation.


  1. Great look at Golden's work. He is a great person to talk to also. Saw him at HeroesCon and spent much time yakkin' with him. Wish more were like him.
    By the way, the caption should read "house ad" not "house add".
    Love the blog!

  2. Loved Mr Golden's art! His work on the "Nam" was outstanding! Avengers annual #10 is one of my favorite Avenger comics ever due to his awesome renditions of both the Avengers & the BOEM & it was the 1st full app of Rogue if I'm not mistaken. That 82' Marvel poster is awesome & defines the Marvel of the 80s!