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Frank Brunner

Frank Brunner
Brunner at the Vanguard booth New York Comic Con in February 2008.
Born (1949-02-21) February 21, 1949
Nationality American
Area(s) Artist
Notable works
Doctor Strange
Howard The Duck
Web of Horror

Frank Brunner (born February 21, 1949)[1] is an American comic book artist and illustrator best known for his work at Marvel Comics in the 1970s.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Comics 2.1
    • Film and television 2.2
  • Bibliography 3
    • Books 3.1
    • Comics and magazines 3.2
      • Marvel 3.2.1
      • Warren 3.2.2
      • Other publishers 3.2.3
    • Art portfolios 3.3
    • Trading cards (Topps) 3.4
    • Film 3.5
      • Live-action 3.5.1
      • Animation 3.5.2
    • Record-album covers 3.6
    • Poster prints 3.7
  • References 4
  • External links 5
  • Further reading 6

Early life

Brunner attended Manhattan's High School of Art and Design. He was in the same graduating class as Larry Hama and Ralph Reese.[2] He studied at the New York University Film School.[3]



Brunner entered the comics profession as a horror writer-artist for the black-and-white comics magazines Web of Horror, Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella.[4] His best-known color-comics work is his Marvel Comics collaboration with writer Steve Engelhart on the supernatural hero Doctor Strange in Marvel Premiere #9-14 (July 1973-March 1974)[5] and in Doctor Strange: Master of the Mystic Arts #1-2 and #4-5 (June-August 1974 and Oct.-Dec. 1974). The two killed Dr. Strange's mentor, the Ancient One, and Strange became the new Sorcerer Supreme. Englehart and Brunner created a multi-issue storyline in which a sorcerer named Sise-Neg ("Genesis" spelled backward) goes back through history, collecting all magical energies, until he reaches the beginning of the universe, becomes all-powerful and creates it anew, leaving Strange to wonder whether this was, paradoxically, the original creation. Stan Lee, seeing the issue after publication, ordered Englehart and Brunner to print a retraction saying this was not God but a god, so as to avoid offending religious readers. The writer and artist concocted a fake letter from a fictitious minister praising the story, and mailed it to Marvel from Texas; Marvel unwittingly printed the letter, and dropped the retraction order.[6] In 2010, Comics Bulletin ranked Englehart and Brunner's run on the "Doctor Strange" feature ninth on its list of the "Top 10 1970s Marvels".[7]

Other Marvel credits include Howard the Duck's first two solo stories in Giant-Sized Man-Thing #4 and #5 (May and Aug. 1975)[8] and Howard the Duck #1 and #2 (Jan. and March 1976),[9] the anthologies Chamber of Chills, Haunt of Horror, and Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction; the supernatural series The Tomb of Dracula; the swamp-monster series Man-Thing; and the science fiction series Silver Surfer.[4]

Also for Marvel, Brunner adapted Robert E. Howard's sword-and-sorcery pulp fiction hero Conan the Barbarian in the 42-page story "The Scarlet Citadel", and drew many covers for the similar series Red Sonja and Savage Sword of Conan.[4]

Brunner and novelist Michael Moorcock collaborated on a comics adaptation of Moorcock's sword-and-sorcery hero Elric in Heavy Metal magazine. It was reprinted in publisher Mike Friedrich's Star Reach Greatest Hits.[4]

Brunner briefly returned to comics in the early-1980s as artist on the First Comics title Warp!, based on the science fiction play that ran briefly on Broadway in the 1970s. He then wrote and drew the graphic novel The Seven Samuroid (1984), a science-fiction takeoff of the movie classic Seven Samurai.[4]

Film and television

Brunner moved to Hollywood and began a career in movie and television animation, working on projects for Hanna-Barbera (Jonny Quest), Walt Disney Imagineering (Euro Tomorrowland movie), Warner Bros. (preproduction Batman design) and DreamWorks (Invasion USA). He was the head of character design for the Fox animated series X-Men.



  • The Brunner Mystique (Artist Index Series Volume One) (Hendrik Sharples and Steven R. Johnson, March 1976)
  • Brunner's Beauties (Eros Comix, August 1993)
  • Eyes Of Light: the Fantasy Art of Frank Brunner (Vanguard Productions, 2002)
  • Mythos: The Fantasy Realms of Frank Brunner (Vanguard Productions, 2007)

Comics and magazines

Interior art (except where noted) includes:



Other publishers

  • Star Reach #3 (also painted cover); #10, 12 (covers only) (1974–77)
  • Adventures of Chrissie Claus #31 (cover)
  • Alien Worlds #6 (cover and interior art, 1984) (Pacific)
  • Brunner's Carnal Delights #1 (cover) (Carnal)
  • Castle of Frankenstein (Kable News)
  • Crawdaddy!
  • Flare #29 (cover) (Hero)
  • Flare Adventures #13, 15-19 (covers) (Hero)
  • Monster Times
  • Quack #1 (cover and interior art) (Star Reach)
  • Red Sonja #2 (cover) (Dynamite Entertainment)
  • Unknown Worlds of Frank Brunner (cover) (Eclipse)
  • Silver Comics #1, 4, 6 (covers) (Silver)
  • War of The Worlds (covers) (Best Sellers Illustrated)
  • Witchgirls Inc. #1-3, 5 (covers)
  • Wild Stars #1-6 (covers) (Little Rocket)

Art portfolios

Trading cards (Topps)




Record-album covers

  • Faithful Breath
  • Mandator
  • Necronomicon (German heavy metal bands)
  • Veto (German heavy metal band)

Poster prints

  • The Faerie Princess (Dreamweaver Studios)
  • Four Queens Of The Tarot (Color)
  • Dreamtide (Dreamweaver)
  • Go Ask Alice (Dreamweaver)
  • Raiders Of The Lost Egg (Vanguard)


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays".  
  2. ^ Arrant, Chris (June 7, 2010). "Looking Back With Larry Hama".  
  3. ^ "Frank Brunner".  
  4. ^ a b c d e Frank Brunner at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^  
  6. ^ Cronin, Brian (December 22, 2005). "Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #30".  
  7. ^ Sacks, Jason (September 6, 2010). "Top 10 1970s Marvels".  
  8. ^ Sanderson "1970s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 169: "Howard the Duck returned in a new series of stories by writer/creator Steve Gerber and artist Frank Brunner in the back of Giant-Size Man-Thing."
  9. ^ Sanderson "1970s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 174: "Gerber and artist Frank Brunner quickly brought Howard his own comic book."

External links

  • Official website
  • Frank Brunner at Mike's Amazing World of Comics
  • Frank Brunner at the Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators

Further reading

  • "Brunner Mystique", interview: Spectrum Magazine #3
  • Star*Reach information referenced from Comic Book Artist #2
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