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Phil Hester
Hester at the 2012 Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo.
Iowa, U.S.
Area(s)Artist, writer

Phil Hester (born 1966) is an American comic book artist, penciller and writer.

Early life

Phil Hester is an alumnus of the University of Iowa.[1]


Hester's pencilling credits include Swamp Thing, Brave New World, Flinch, Ultimate Marvel Team-Up, Clerks: The Lost Scene, The Crow: Waking Nightmares, The Wretch (nominated for the 1997 Eisner Award for Best New Series), Aliens: Purge, and Green Arrow.

During his run on Green Arrow, he created the characters Mia Dearden and Onomatopoeia with writer Kevin Smith as well as Constantine Drakon with writer Judd Winick.

Hester co-created Uncle Slam and Firedog with his Green Arrow collaborator, artist Ande Parks. He also created El Diablo, a new character (with a common name in DC Comics) who debuted in an eponymous limited series.[2] His last comic 13 Steps was adapted in a Comedy Horror film.[3]

Hester is currently writing the new adventures of Golden Age hero The Black Terror for Dynamite Entertainment, based on plot ideas by Alex Ross, as part of the Project Superpowers Universe.

He also wrote DC's Wonder Woman, based on the notes and outline by J. Michael Straczynski, after Straczynski left the title.[4]

In December 2020 he was announced as the new artist on Superman, alongside writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson.[5]

Known for his extensive collection of original comic art, he is the originator of the "Hester paradox", wherein a collection is so large that it is prohibitively expensive to insure and yet is too valuable not to insure.[6]



  1. ^ "Iowa's Own Caped Crusader – A Few Words with Phil Hester" Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. KWWL. Retrieved December 25, 2011.
  2. ^ Rogers, Vaneta. "Jai Nitz & Phil Hester – Introducing El Diablo". Newsarama. August 2, 2008
  3. ^ "Group Therapy for Monsters in '13 Steps'!". Bloody Disgusting. March 24, 2010
  4. ^ McElhatton, Greg. "Wonder Woman #605". Comic Book Resources. December 22, 2010
  5. ^ "Phillip Kennedy Johnson, the New Writer of Superman and Action Comics". December 16, 2020.
  6. ^ @philhester (April 3, 2021). "I cannot afford to insure my art collection. I can't afford to not insure my art collection. The Hester Problem" (Tweet) – via Twitter.