36 Facts About Darick Robertson


Darick W Robertson is an American artist best known for his work as a comic book illustrator on series he co-created, notably Transmetropolitan and The Boys.


Darick Robertson read Gold Key Comics found at the local barbershop and before long his father drove him to Palo Alto where young Robertson could buy weekly comics such as Flash and Spider-Man.


Darick Robertson cites Paul Smith, George Perez, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Neal Adams, Joe Kubert and Bernie Wrightson as early formative influences on his craft, and states it was Brian Bolland's work on Camelot 3000 that defined for him what a comic artist could aspire to.


Darick Robertson cites Frank Miller as a hero, and hopes to eventually emulate Miller's success as both an artist and a writer.


Darick Robertson created his first comic book at the age of 17 while still in school and working as a bill collector.


Darick Robertson showed his new work, drawn on typing paper in ball-point pen, to Michio Okamura, an inker working as a security guard in the same building as the collection agency.


Darick Robertson then took the finished pages to Tibor Sardy, owner of Peninsula Comics in San Mateo California.


Years after the series ended people still ask Darick Robertson to confirm he was the creator of Space Beaver.


Darick Robertson illustrated "Spider-man: the Power of Terror", "Spider-Man: The Final Adventure" and a Spider-Man story written by Stan Lee and inked by George Perez.


Darick Robertson's career continued as a key creator on Malibu Comics's Ultraverse comic line.


At Malibu Darick Robertson co-created and designed the character Nightman, and both wrote and created the character Ripfire.


Darick Robertson now faced a difficult choice in turning down the opportunity to draw Spider-Man monthly.


Ironically, despite Ellis's enthusiasm for Darick Robertson's work, and the hard choice he made turning down Spider-Man, Darick Robertson had difficulty overcoming an initial editorial perception that he was a superhero artist.


Yet after a number of concept sketches and taking a firm stand, and submitting the first four pages of pencils for the first issue, Darick Robertson was confirmed as the book's artist.


Darick Robertson even modeled Spider's ex-wife on his own wife, operating under the request that if she was drawn into the book, she didn't want the character to be anything like herself.


Darick Robertson is behind the creation of Transmetropolitan's iconic gecko eating two headed cat.


Darick Robertson drew the cat into an alley panel after considering what strays might exist in the future.


Darick Robertson called working on Transmetropolitan a rewarding experience, citing the critical acclaim, continued popularity of the characters and unique fandom.


Darick Robertson expresses fond memories of Ellis's scripts but he has no desire to return to Transmetropolitan.


In 2002, after Transmetropolitan ended, Darick Robertson found his schedule opening up again for new projects.


Darick Robertson was instrumental in Marvel's launch of the Marvel MAX mature imprint.


Alongside writer Garth Ennis, who Darick Robertson had met through Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson worked on Fury, a hard-edged modern take on the seminal Marvel comics spy character Nick Fury which Rolling Stone hailed as "cool comic of the year".


Darick Robertson illustrated Spider-Man: Sweet Charity with veteran television writer Ron Zimmerman.


Darick Robertson soon collaborated again with Garth Ennis, illustrating the Ennis's 2002 run on the Marvel Knights Punisher series, in which Wolverine was mutilated by little people The next major collaboration between Darick Robertson and Garth Ennis was Punisher: Born.


Darick Robertson states the Marvel request made him unhappy, but it was a company-wide choice and did not require his work to mimic the appearance of the actor exactly.


Darick Robertson worked on Wolverine for 14 issues.


Darick Robertson, a stated lifelong fan of X-Man character Nightcrawler, was nominated by Marvel Editor Cebulski, Darick Robertson's collaborator on X-Men Unlimited, as the artist for the fan-favorite character's first ongoing series.


Darick Robertson stated "it became obvious that DC was not the right home for The Boys," though he thanked Scott Dunbier and Ben Abernathy at Wildstorm for their support.


Subsequently, Columbia put The Boys into turnaround and it was picked up by Paramount Pictures Darick Robertson left the monthly art chores on The Boys with issue 43.


Darick Robertson focused his attention on the six issue origin story "Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker" that focused on the BOYS central character Billy Butcher.


Darick Robertson wrote and drew The Weight of the Crown, a Conan the Barbarian one-shot for Dark Horse comics, released in January 2010, as well as a 16-page prequel to the story, originally published by Dark Horse Presents entitled "The Mad King Of Gaul".


Darick Robertson wrote: The CBLDF Presents Liberty Annual 2010 Annual 2010, The CBLDF Presents: Liberty Comics, Annual 2010, Malibu Signature Series.


In 2013 Darick Robertson launched the 5-issue series Ballistic, "a psychedelic, transreal, hard sci-fi adventure" with co-creator and writer Adam Egypt Mortimer, from Black Mask Studios.


On September 9,2020, Grasshopper Manufacture's official Twitter page confirmed that Darick Robertson would contribute to No More Heroes III's promotional material by providing several illustrations and designed the game's cover art.


Darick Robertson is one of the few western guest artists to join the development team of the game.


In 2021, Darick Robertson drew the series Space Bastards written by Eric Peterson and Joe Aubrey with additional art by Simon Bisley.