Marc Hempel
Marc Hempel's Tug & Buster
Born (1957-05-25) May 25, 1957 (age 66)
Chicago, Illinois
Notable works
The Sandman: The Kindly Ones
Tug & Buster
AwardsInkpot Award 1992[1]

Marc Hempel (born May 25, 1957)[2] is an American cartoonist/comics artist best known for his work on The Sandman with Neil Gaiman.


Writer and artist Marc Hempel grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and now lives in Baltimore. He received a B.F.A. in Painting from Northern Illinois University in 1980.[3] He and Mark Wheatley co-created the titles Breathtaker, Blood of the Innocent, and Mars. In 1994–1995, he collaborated with Neil Gaiman on the climactic story arc "The Kindly Ones" in The Sandman.[4][5] Hempel's own creations Gregory[6] and Tug & Buster were nominated for several industry awards,[7] and his humor anthology Naked Brain was named "Best Comic Book" in the Baltimore City Paper's "Best of Baltimore 2003" issue.[8] His art has also appeared in Marvel Fanfare, Epic Illustrated, Heavy Metal, Jonny Quest, Tarzan the Warrior, Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, Flinch, My Faith in Frankie, The Dreaming, Lucifer, and Disney Adventures.[9]

Original art from The Sandman and Breathtaker was included in an exhibition entitled "LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel," which originated at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.[10]

Hempel has created advertising art for print and television as well as character design for HBO Animation. He has produced CD art for the Nashville band Swamp Rat, drawn an episode of the online strip Munden's Bar for, illustrated a 21–page Escapist story for Dark Horse Comics, and contributed to Mad, Nickelodeon Magazine, and SpongeBob Comics.


Marc Hempel received an Inkpot Award at the San Diego Comic-Con in 1992.[11]


Apple Comics[edit]

  • Blood of Dracula #1–2, 11 (1987–1989)

Art & Soul[edit]

  • Tug & Buster #1–7 (1995–1998)

Comico Comics[edit]

  • Jonny Quest #3, 10, 14–15, 17–18, 20, 22, 24–31 (1987–1988)

DC Comics[edit]

Fantagraphics Books[edit]

  • Anything Goes! #1 (1986)
  • Honk #1–3 (1986–1987)

First Comics[edit]

  • Mars #1–12 (1984–1985)

HM Communications[edit]

Insight Studios Group[edit]

  • Naked Brain #1–3 (2002)

Malibu Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

WaRP Graphics[edit]


  1. ^ Inkpot Award
  2. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on February 18, 2011.
  3. ^ "Marc Hempel". Lambiek Comiclopedia. March 14, 2008. Archived from the original on July 4, 2012.
  4. ^ Bender, Hy (1999). The Sandman Companion. New York, New York: DC Comics. pp. 269–270. ISBN 978-1563894657.
  5. ^ Burgas, Greg (January 7, 2013). "Comics You Should Own – Sandman". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on April 10, 2014.
  6. ^ "1990 Harvey Award Nominees and Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. n.d. Archived from the original on February 14, 2017.
  7. ^ "1997 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. n.d. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017.
  8. ^ "Best Comic Book". Baltimore City Paper. September 17, 2003. Archived from the original on July 29, 2007.
  9. ^ Marc Hempel at the Grand Comics Database
  10. ^ "LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel". Norman Rockwell Museum. 2010. Archived from the original on February 26, 2014.
  11. ^ "Inkpot Awards". San Diego Comic-Con International. 2015. Archived from the original on April 23, 2015.
Preceded byGary Amaro The Sandman penciller 1994–1995 Succeeded byMichael Zulli