Mark Wheatley
Born (1954-05-27) May 27, 1954 (age 68)
Area(s)Writer, Penciller, Inker, Editor, Publisher, Colourist
Notable works
Breathtaker, Mars, Blood of the Innocent
AwardsInkpot Award, 1992
Speakeasy Award,
Mucker Award

Mark Wheatley (born May 27, 1954)[1] is an American illustrator, writer, editor, and publisher in the comic book field. Wheatley's comic book and pulp creations include Breathtaker, Mars, and Blood of the Innocent, all illustrated with his frequent collaborator Marc Hempel. Wheatley has written books, comic books, and television shows, and his illustrations have appeared in magazines, books, comic books, and games.


Wheatley came from the world of fandom, having published fanzines in the early 1970s.

Insight Studios

In 1978, Wheatley founded the Baltimore-based Insight Studios as a design, illustration, and art production studio; he was joined by Marc Hempel in 1980. Since then, Insight has expanded into publishing and has become home for many notable creators, including Frank Cho.

Wheatley has worked as an editor and art director for a number of publishers, and is the inventor of color production technology for comics.[citation needed]

Film & Television

Breck Eisner is set to direct the upcoming Hollywood film adaptation of Blood of the Innocent, a comic book series Wheatley co-created with Rickey Shanklin and Marc Hempel. Inferno Entertainment has acquired underlying rights to the series and is funding development and production of the feature, which is being co-produced with Circle of Confusion.[2]


Wheatley has won the Inkpot, Speakeasy, and Mucker awards,[3] and has been nominated for the Harvey and Ignatz awards.





  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on February 18, 2011. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  2. ^ McNary, Dave (March 24, 2011). "Inferno funding 'Blood of the Innocent'".
  3. ^ Given by The Chicago Muckers Archived 2011-02-26 at the Wayback Machine, a chapter of the international fan organization the Burroughs Bibliophiles.