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Ken Steacy (Northguard)

Ken Steacy has been one of Canada's leading comics artists for nearly thirty years. A Canadian Air-Force brat, he decided at the age of 11 that he wanted to become a professional comic book artist, a goal that he began to realize in the mid 1970s. Since his graduation from the Ontario College of Art, Steacy has contributed to innumerable comic books and graphic-narrative periodicals, such as Orb, Vortex, True North, Star*Reach, Epic Illustrated, Alien Worlds, Marvel Fanfare, Jonny Quest, Grendel, Airboy, Astro Boy and Spawn. Steacy has also worked on various Star Wars projects (including comics, trading cards, and children's books) and provided the artwork for The Sacred and the Profane (1987), Night and the Enemy (1987) and other graphic albums. As well, he has contributed cover art and illustrations to numerous books outside the comic-art field. During the early 1990s, Steacy worked with Sanctuary Woods Multimedia on an interactive CD-ROM series for children, The Awesome Adventures of Victor, Vector, and Yondo. In 1994, he self-published a mini-series in three issues featuring the same characters. Recently, Chronicle Books released Brightwork, his well-received book, celebrating classic car ornamentation. Not surprisingly, Steacy has also had occasion to work on Canadian national superheroes. In 1986 he provided the artwork for an issue (No. 28) of Marvel Fanfare devoted to the Canadian superhero team, Alpha Flight. A few years later, he contributed the cover art to Northguard (Nos. 1-3, Caliber Press). These three covers form a powerful composite image that appeared (in part) on the cover of John Bell's Guardians of the North: The National Superhero in Canadian Comic-Book Art (1992), the book that accompanied the Canadian Museum of Caricature's exhibition of the same title. Fittingly, Steacy's full Northguard image is now featured on the homepage for this Web version of the exhibition.


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