Artist/writer/creator Michael Golden, co-creator of the X-men’s Rogue character, Spartan X and Bucky O’Hare is known worldwide for his groundbreaking work on “Star Wars,” “The ‘Nam,” “Micronauts,” “G.I. Joe Yearbook,” and “Dr. Strange, “ among MUCH more, and is counted as one of the best cover designers and storytellers in the business.
Currently the cover artist on a new string of covers for “The Flash,” “Star Wars,” and “Batman,” at DC Comics, as well as recent covers on “Fantastic Four” issues, “Daredevil” and “Deadpool,” and “Spawn.”
It’s no wonder that Golden has been one of the most influential creators around for the last several decades:
“….unless you can actually draw yourself, it is very difficult to understand the exact mind-blowing impossibility of what he does,” It’s been said of Golden’s work.
“Michael blithely puts down on paper exactly what he sees in his head. It’s like he’s got a cosmic opaque projector that shoots a laser beam from his brain through the kundalini eye in his forehead straight down onto the drawing surface where all he has to do is trace it,” continues Hama. “The result is hard-edged and fully realized in every way. No fuzzy impressions here. No using the side of the pencil. No squiggly space-filling lines blocked in on automatic pilot. To paraphrase Neal Adams (who was referring to Golden), there is not a single millimeter of line on the page that is not directed by conscious thought.”
Recent books covering the colorful life and amazing art of Michael Golden include a Manga version of the “Bucky O’Hare” series, as well as the top selling art retrospective “Excess: The Art of Michael Golden,” written by Renee Witterstaetter, which sold out and has gone into a second printing, as well as his recent sketchbooks “Heroes and Villains,” “MORE Heroes and Villains, “ “Michael Golden: Alchemy,” and “Dangerous Curves.’
In fact, as a conceptual cover artist, Golden has penciled everything from Batman and Captain America to Spider-man to Vampirella to Spawn to The Walking Dead! And the list keeps growing.
Michael has served as an Editor at DC Comics as well as Senior Art Director at Marvel Comics, and has worked on scores of movie production projects, some currently in development. His art has been the focus of gallery shows in places as diverse as Gijon, Barcelona, New York, Antwerp and Brussels, while his class on storytelling has been conducted from Spain to Brussels to France to Canada to the United States… and most recently China.
He has recently been awarded with Lifetime Achievement Award from The University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the Lille Arts Festival.