Bob McLeod
McLeod at the 2012 New York Comic Con
Born (1951-08-09) August 9, 1951 (age 72)
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Area(s)Penciller, Inker
Notable works
New Mutants

Bob McLeod (born August 9,[1] 1951)[2] is an American comics artist best known for co-creating the New Mutants with writer Chris Claremont.[3][4]

Early life

McLeod was born in Tampa, Florida.[3] He was educated at Auburn University and The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.[3]


McLeod at the 2022 Phoenix Fan Fusion

Bob McLeod began his career working in the production department of Marvel Comics in 1973 on a recommendation from Neal Adams. He began penciling and inking for Marvel's Crazy Magazine, doing several movie satires and the "Teen Hulk" strip.[5] He was a member of The Crusty Bunkers inkers[6] while working at Adams' Continuity Studios, and he became an inker at Marvel and DC Comics on many series, including The Incredible Hulk, Conan the Barbarian, Legion of Super Heroes, Detective Comics, Wonder Woman, and The New Titans, as well as penciling Star Wars and several Spider-Man fill-ins for Marvel.

McLeod drew the graphic novel[7] and the first three issues of New Mutants and inked a number of subsequent issues. The graphic novel's production overlapped with his honeymoon and ended up missing its shipping slot because editor Louise Simonson choose to keep her promise to McLeod that he could ink it himself.[8] In a 2008 interview, McLeod looked back on The New Mutants as "one of the most frustrating experiences of my career", recounting having to ink the graphic novel while on his honeymoon and later give up doing pencils on the regular series because he could not keep up with the monthly pace at the time and felt he was producing substandard work.[9] In 1987, he inked Mike Zeck's pencils on the "Kraven's Last Hunt" storyline in the Spider-Man titles.[10] At DC Comics, he was the artist on Superman in Action Comics in the early 1990s including the "Dark Knight Over Metropolis" storyarc.[11] McLeod helped writer Louise Simonson and artist Jon Bogdanove launch a new Superman title, Superman: The Man of Steel in July 1991.[12] With writer Roger Stern, McLeod contributed to such Superman tales as the 1991 story wherein Clark Kent finally revealed his identity as Superman to Lois Lane[13][14] and the "Panic in the Sky" crossover in 1992.[15]

There were several issues of The Phantom comic book drawn by McLeod for the Swedish publisher Egmont. He has written and illustrated a children's book, Superhero ABC, which was published by HarperCollins in 2006 and received starred reviews from School Library Journal and ABA Booklist. He also edited TwoMorrows Publishing's Rough Stuff magazine which featured interviews and art by top creators in the comics field. McLeod currently teaches part-time at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and works on various commercial projects.

McLeod was the keynote speaker for the 2012 Inkwell Awards Awards Ceremony at HeroesCon.[16][17] In 2018, McLeod received the Inkwell Awards Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award for his many years of inking.[18]



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  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on February 18, 2011. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  2. ^ "Bob McLeod". Lambiek Comiclopedia. December 21, 2006. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c DeMatteis, J.M.; Mike Zeck; and Bob McLeod. (1995, 2nd printing). "About the Creators". In Spider-Man, Fearful Symmetry: Kraven's Last Hunt, p. 159. Marvel Comics.
  4. ^ "Bob McLeod official website resume". Archived from the original on 2015-03-16. Retrieved 2008-10-17.
  5. ^ Arnold, Mark (February 2014). "Teen Hulk". Back Issue! (70). Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing: 43–44.
  6. ^ Theakston, Greg and Nowlan, Kevin, et al., at Bails, Jerry; Ware, Hames. "Crusty Bunkers". Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928-1999. Archived from the original on May 11, 2007. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
  7. ^ DeFalco, Tom; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1980s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 209. ISBN 978-0756641238. Writer Chris Claremont proposed The New Mutants and artist Bob McLeod was brought in to design the characters. Since the first three Marvel Graphic Novels had sold so well, Marvel decided to launch the new series The New Mutants in the same format. ((cite book)): |first2= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Grant, Paul J. (August 1993). "Poor Dead Doug, and Other Mutant Memories". Wizard: X-Men Turn Thirty. pp. 66–69.
  9. ^ Buchanan, Bruce (August 2008). "The New Mutants: From Superhero Spin-Off to Sci-Fi/Fantasy". Back Issue! (29). Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing: 62–68.
  10. ^ DeFalco "1980s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 231: "The six-issue story arc...ran through all the Spider-Man titles for two months."
  11. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dougall, Alastair, ed. (2014). "1990s". Batman: A Visual History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 187. ISBN 978-1465424563. Batman appeared in Metropolis and in each of Superman's three ongoing titles in this three-part adventure. Thanks to writer/artists Jerry Ordway and Dan Jurgens, and the writer/artist team of Roger Stern and Bob McLeod, the story provided a rare glimpse of the post-Crisis World's Finest duo in action. ((cite book)): |first2= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  12. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1990s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 250. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. DC editorial saw the chance to give their hero a fourth ongoing monthly book, Superman: The Man of Steel was born, with the first issue written by Louise Simonson and with art by Jon Bogdanove, Tom Grummett, Bob McLeod, and Dan Jurgens. ((cite book)): |first2= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ Stern, Roger (w), McLeod, Bob (p), McLeod, Bob (i). "Secrets in the Night" Action Comics, no. 662 (February 1991). DC Comics.
  14. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 249: "With their nuptials looming, Clark thought it was time to reveal his dual identity to the love of his life, in this landmark issue by writer Roger Stern and artist Bob McLeod."
  15. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 253: "In this seven-part adventure...writers Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Roger Stern, and Louise Simonson, with artists Brett Breeding, Tom Grummett, Jon Bogdanove, and Bob McLeod assembled many of DC's favorite characters to defend the world."
  16. ^ YouTube - Inkwell Awards 2012 Ceremony, Bob McLeod, Keynote Speaker (Introduction)
  17. ^ YouTube - Inkwell Awards 2012 Ceremony, Bob McLeod, Keynote Speaker (Speech)
  18. ^ Evans, Rhys (July 22, 2018). "2018 Winners". Inkwell Awards. Archived from the original on September 2, 2018.