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Darryl Banks
Area(s)Penciller, inker
Notable works
Green Lantern vol 3

Darryl Banks is an American comic book artist. He worked on one of the first painted comic books, Cyberpunk,[1] and teamed with the writer Mark Ellis to revamp the long-running The Justice Machine series for two publishers, Innovation and Millennium.

Early life

Columbus Eastmoor High School Graduate was born to parents Father Aubrey and Mother Mary Banks (Fowler). A competent artist from central Ohio. He always loved art but decided in high school that he wanted to pursue a career in comics. Darryl Banks studied at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio.[2]


After Banks graduated from college, he sent copious samples of his art to DC Comics and Marvel Comics, and went to comics conventions to show his work to publishers. On the advice of friends, he began sending samples to smaller, independent companies. Eventually, Innovation Publishing offered him his first jobs: a two-part Cyberpunk story, followed by a run on Justice Machine.[2]

At Millennium, Banks produced a three-issue mini-series based on The Wild Wild West TV series and a comics adaptation of Doc Savage with The Monarch of Armageddon.[2]

Banks then went to work for DC Comics, illustrating Legion of Super-Heroes. He then became the penciler on Green Lantern vol. 3,[2] starting with the "Emerald Twilight" storyline.[3] Banks drew most of the issues from #50 through #142. Along with co-creating Kyle Rayner, he was responsible for designing costumes for Parallax, Grayven, Fatality, Dr. Polaris, and Dr. Light.

As of 1995 Banks was teaching two courses, one on illustration and one in comic book design at his alma mater, the Columbus College of Art and Design.[2]


  1. ^ "Banks, Darryl" Archived 2007-08-07 at the Wayback Machine. Index of Comic Art Collection. Michigan State University Library.
  2. ^ a b c d e Wizard #41 (January 1995). pp 122-123.
  3. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1990s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 264. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. In 'Emerald Twilight', a three-issue saga penned by new writer Ron Marz and drawn by artists Bill Willingham, Fred Haynes, and Darryl Banks, longtime Green Lantern Hal Jordan set out to right the wrongs done to him. ((cite book)): |first2= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)