Steve Rude

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Steve Rude
Born (1956-12-31) December 31, 1956 (age 62)
Madison, Wisconsin
Nationality American
Area(s) Penciller, Inker, Writer
Notable works
Awards Russ Manning Award 1984
Kirby Award 1986
Eisner Award 1988
Harvey Award 1991

Steve Rude (born December 31, 1956)[1] is an American comic book artist.

Early life

Steve Rude was born on December 31, 1956 in Madison, Wisconsin. He attended the Milwaukee School of Art and Design, the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and the Madison Area Technical College.[2]


In 1981, Rude and writer Mike Baron created Nexus,[3] an independent science fiction comic book with a large supporting cast. For the series, Rude designed numerous distinctive alien races, including the Thunes, the Amphibs, the Quattros, the Giz, the Demons, and others. The series ran for eighty issues although Rude did not pencil them all, and seven short, almost-yearly mini-series after the initial series ended.

His first work for DC Comics appeared in Tales of the Teen Titans #48 (Nov. 1984).[3] Rude collaborated with writer Dave Gibbons on the World's Finest miniseries for DC in 1990.[4] DC Comics writer and executive Paul Levitz has noted that Rude's artwork "plays on Norman Rockwell's Americana, while his sleek sequential storytelling owes a debt to the work of Alex Toth."[5]

Rude drew two intercompany crossovers in the 1990s. The Magnus, Robot Fighter/Nexus two-issue limited series for Valiant Comics and Dark Horse Comics and the The Incredible Hulk vs. Superman one-shot for Marvel Comics and DC.[3] Rude's work for Marvel includes X-Men:Children of the Atom, Spider-Man: Lifeline,[6] Thor: Godstorm, and Captain America: What Price Glory.[3]

In 2004 Rude co-created and penciled The Moth with writer/inker Gary Martin.[3]

Rude's own "Rude Dude Productions" was announced on November 15, 2006. It has published new issues of Nexus and The Moth as well as an anthology series. The new Nexus series was Rude's first work with Baron since the last issue published by Dark Horse Comics. The first Nexus issue from Rude Dude was released as issue #99 (part 1 of the "Space Opera" story), and was set immediately following the last Dark Horse issue. After a few delays, issue #100 was published, followed by the final two issues of "Space Opera" printed together as one double-sized issue.[3]

Rude returned to DC Comics in 2013 and drew the Before Watchmen: Dollar Bill one-shot.[7] The following year, Rude and writer Jerry Ordway produced a Superman story for DC's Adventures of Superman digital series.[8]


Rude received the Russ Manning Outstanding Newcomer Award in 1984.[2][9] He has won several "Best Artist" awards including the Kirby Award in 1986,[10] the Eisner Award in 1988,[11] and the Harvey Award in 1991.[12]



  1. Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Steve Rude". Lambiek Comiclopedia. 2014. Archived from the original on November 7, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Steve Rude at the Grand Comics Database
  4. Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1990s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 246. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Writer Dave Gibbons and artist Steve Rude presented a three-issue miniseries...that proved the World's Finest team of Superman and Batman was still relevant. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Levitz, Paul (2010). "The Modern Age 1998-2010". 75 Years of DC Comics The Art of Modern Mythmaking. Taschen America. p. 692. ISBN 9783836519816.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Cowsill, Alan; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2012). "2000s". Spider-Man Chronicle Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging. Dorling Kindersley. p. 262. ISBN 978-0756692360. The mysterious tablet [from The Amazing Spider-Man #75] finally returned in this three-issue miniseries written by Fabian Nicieza and beautifully illustrated by Steve Rude. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Gerding, Stephen (November 2, 2012). "Wein and Rude Craft Before Watchmen: Dollar Bill One-Shot". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on January 31, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Khouri, Andy (April 11, 2014). "Jerry Ordway & Steve Rude's Adventures of Superman Is Like 'A Lost Fleischer Cartoon'". ComicsAlliance. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Russ Manning Award". San Diego Comic-Con International. 2014. Archived from the original on July 1, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "1986 Jack Kirby Awards". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. n.d. Archived from the original on December 27, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "1988 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. n.d. Archived from the original on December 17, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "1991 Harvey Award Nominees and Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. n.d. Archived from the original on October 5, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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