Behind the Panel: Brian Stelfreeze on Black Panther, Batman and early inspirations

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Feb 12, 2018

Superstar artist Brian Stelfreeze rocketed into celebrity status with his phenomenal run of dynamic painted covers for DC's Shadow of the Bat in the 1990s and has provided pencils, inks, and/or colors on a multitude of titles, from Agent X to Zorro.

Stelfreeze is currently the main artist on Marvel's flagship Black Panther series with New York Times best-selling writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, but he draws on his 30-year career as a source of inspiration for his signature work.

SYFY WIRE sat down with Stelfreeze to mine the master's mind about the various incarnations of Batman, instilling the Dark Knight with alternating shades of horror and camp, learning drawing and storytelling from Gil Kane and Jack Kirby, making the Black Panther his own, and portraying T'Challa's regal African nature as an essential component of the imposing, seminal superhero.

 

Additional material by Jeff Spry.