By Brian Charles
"McGuinness is probably one of the best artists working in superhero comics these days... He's able to tackle it all, from the sublime... to the silly. There's both power and softness in his art." - Greg McElhatton, CBR
Maybe you weren't paying attention...but this guy is doing some of the best mainstream work in the industry. Ed’s Capcom-influenced art style has helped blur the lines between Eastern and Western interpretations of Marvel and DC’s iconic superheroes. With great runs on Deadpool, Superman, Superman/Batman, and The Hulk, Ed has made an indelible mark on mainstream American comic books.
Born in Maine, Ed McGuinness graduated high school in Stoughton, Massachusetts. Shortly after high school, he decided to live his dream and become a comic book artist. His early works include Deadpool, Vampirella, Mr. Majestic, and Wildcats. He would eventually land larger titles such as Superman, Superman/Batman, and Hulk. McGuinness' style is a sort of amalgam between western and eastern art. The incredibly muscular anatomies of his protagonists compliment the expressive animesque faces that he gives them.
Ed started working with Jeph Loeb on Fighting American for Awesome Comics, and that relationship flourished into a full-on creative team. The two even made it to the top of the mountain: Superman. The Loeb-McGuinness Superman run is one of the best the series has ever seen, and after a ridiculous ammount of issues, they finally moved on to something new...Superman/Batman. I won't get started on the brilliance of that particular concept, as this is a post about art. After Superman/Batman, Ed "signed on" at Marvel, but the original Ultimates4 idea he was supposed to do got canned.
Red Hulk became McGuiness' new project, and OMG, that book is crazy! At first, we were all on the fence about the story, but after about five issues of Hulks having Dragonball-scale battles, you kinda stop caring about why they're fighting in the first place. Keep an eye out for McGuiness' next project, he rarely fails to impress.