Jon Bogdanove
Born (1958-05-07) May 7, 1958 (age 65)
Albany, New York, U.S.
Area(s)Writer, Penciller, Inker
Notable works
Power Pack
Superman: The Man of Steel
AwardsInkpot Award 2013

Jon Bogdanove is an American comics artist and writer. He is best known for his work on Power Pack and Superman: The Man of Steel, as well as for creating the character Steel with writer Louise Simonson in 1993.



After attending the School of Visual Arts,[1] Jon Bogdanove's first work for Marvel Comics was Alpha Flight #32 (March 1986).[2] He then became the regular artist on Power Pack as of #22 (May 1986) and would draw that title for the next four years.[2] Bogdanove collaborated with writer Chris Claremont on the Fantastic Four vs. the X-Men limited series in 1987 and with Louise Simonson on the X-Factor series the following year.[2] In 1991, Bogdanove began drawing for DC Comics. He, Louise Simonson, and editor Mike Carlin launched a new Superman title, Superman: The Man of Steel[3] — which Bogdanove would draw for nearly eight years until #85 (Jan. 1999).[2] He contributed to the "Panic in the Sky" storyline in 1992.[4] That same year, Bogdanove and Simonson (along with Carlin, Dan Jurgens, Roger Stern and others) were the architects of The Death of Superman storyline, in which Superman died and was resurrected. It was during that storyline, in The Adventures of Superman #500 (June 1993),[5] that Simonson and Bogdanove introduced their character Steel, who graduated to his own title in February 1994.[6] The character went on to feature in an eponymous feature film starring Shaquille O'Neal in 1997. The Bogdanove–drawn Superman: The Man of Steel #30 (Feb. 1994) had a variant edition packaged in a polybag. The logo and all cover copy were printed on the bag and vinyl clings (similar to Colorforms) were included for a do-it-yourself front and back cover.[7] Bogdanove was one of the many artists who contributed to the Superman: The Wedding Album one-shot in 1996 wherein the title character married Lois Lane.[8] After leaving the Superman: The Man of Steel title, Bogdanove drew two intercompany crossovers for DC Comics: Superman & Savage Dragon: Metropolis (Nov. 1999) co-published with Image Comics[9] and Superman / Aliens II: God War (May 2002 – Nov. 2002) co-published with Dark Horse Comics.[10] Bogdanove reunited with Louise Simonson for the DC Retroactive: Superman – The '90s one-shot in October 2011.[11]


Bogdanove has participated with his son, Kal-El Bogdanove,[12] on assorted film projects including Hansel & Gretel (2006) and the Lady of the Isle television series.[13]


Bogdanove received an Inkpot Award at the San Diego Comic-Con International in 2013.[14]


DC Comics

DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics[edit]

DC Comics and Image Comics[edit]

Malibu Comics

Marvel Comics

Storm King Comics


  1. ^ Bails, Jerry (n.d.). "Bogdanove, Jon". Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928-1999. Archived from the original on May 11, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d Jon Bogdanove at the Grand Comics Database
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ 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."
  5. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 259: "The issue also featured four teaser comics that introduced a group of contenders all vying for the Superman name...Construction worker John Henry Irons found a new purpose in life as the future Steel in a story by Louise Simonson, with art by Jon Bogdanove"
  6. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 265: "Steel finally stepped out of Superman's shadow in his own ongoing series by writers Jon Bogdanove and Louise Simonson, and artist Chris Batista."
  7. ^ "Superman: The Man of Steel #30". Grand Comics Database.
  8. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 275: " The behind-the-scenes talent on the monumental issue appropriately spanned several generations of the Man of Tomorrow's career. Written by Dan Jurgens, Karl Kesel, David Michelinie, Louise Simonson, and Roger Stern, the one-shot featured the pencils of John Byrne, Gil Kane, Stuart Immonen, Paul Ryan, Jon Bogdanove, Kieron Dwyer, Tom Grummett, Dick Giordano, Jim Mooney, Curt Swan, Nick Cardy, Al Plastino, Barry Kitson, Ron Frenz, and Dan Jurgens."
  9. ^ "Superman & Savage Dragon: Metropolis". Grand Comics Database.
  10. ^ Superman / Aliens II: God War at the Grand Comics Database
  11. ^ Campbell, Josie (April 1, 2011). "WC11: Exclusive – Legendary Creators Speak About Retro-Active". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on May 14, 2011. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
  12. ^ Eury, Michael (2006). The Krypton Companion. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 210. ISBN 1-893905-61-6. Louise Simonson: 'I bow to Jon Bogdanove. Anybody who names his son Kal-El takes the prize in my book.'
  13. ^ Contino, Jennifer M. (December 16, 2008). "Bogdanove's Not Alone With Will Triumph". Archived from the original on December 19, 2008. Retrieved March 4, 2012. Kal-El Bogdanove: My father and I are collaborating on a number of features and TV pilots. Most notably, Magik Rat – co-created with a great Spanish artist named Eduardo Alpuente – which is a sword and sorcery fantasy adventure, and Lady of the Isle, which is a television series that blends small town drama with fantasy and horror.
  14. ^ "Comic-Con International's Newest Inkpot Award Winners!". San Diego Comic-Con International. 2013. Archived from the original on May 8, 2015.
Preceded byBrent Anderson Power Pack artist 1986–1990 Succeeded bySteve Buccellato Preceded byAndy Kubert X-Factor artist 1990–1991 Succeeded byWhilce Portacio Preceded byn/a Superman: The Man of Steel artist 1991–1999 Succeeded byScot Eaton