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Alan Davis Artist Biography and Art Gallery Collection
AlanDavis, born June 18, 1956 in Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom is an British Writer and Artist of comic books. He is best known for his work on titles such as Captain Britain, The Uncanny X-Men, ClanDestine, Excalibur, JLA: The Nail and JLA: Another Nail. He began his career in comics working for an English magazine named Fratic Magazine, where his first professional work was a strip called The Crusader. In 1985 Davis received his big break in the United States when Alan Davis was hired by DC Comics to draw their Batman and the Outsiders title, written by Mike W. Barr. Davis took over from Jim Aparo, who launch the Direct Market version of the title, The Outsiders. His work proved popular enough for him to be assigned artistic duties on DC's flagship title, Detective Comics, in 1986, again with Barr writing. During the "Batman: Year Two" story line, however, Alan Davis encountered difficulties with his editor and left after just the first issue of the four issue story line, the remaining three issues being illustrated by Todd McFarlane.
Alan Davis' next big break was drawing the revamped Captain Britain story in The Mighty World of Marvel. As Alan Davis never realized artists drew at a larger size than what was published, his art was drawn as the same size as it would be on publication. He moved to Marvel Comics in the US, where he worked with Chris Claremont on titles such as The Uncanny X-Men and eventually launched the comic Excalibur. With Marvel, Alan Davis drew two New Mutants annuals and three issues for Uncanny X-Men. In 1987 the duo launched the monthly series Excalibur, which featured a team consisting of Captain Britain and Meggan together with former X-Men members Kitty Pryde, Nightcrawler and Rachel Summers. Among the new characters he created for his second run on the title were Feron, Cerise, Micromax and Kylun. Davis created The ClanDestine for Marvel. In 1994 Alan Davis created a new series of original characters called the ClanDestine, which featured the Destines, a family of long-lived, magically-powered British super humans. During much of the 1990's Alan Davis drew many of Marvel and DC Comics major characters and titles including JLA: The Nail, The Avengers and Killraven. He was also commissioned to write both main X-Men series in 1999 (providing art for X-Men as well), but he left the following year. Starting in October 2002 he wrote and drew for Marvel a six issues miniseries revamping a comic book character of the 1970's, Killraven. After a return to Uncanny X-Men, working again with Claremont, Davis wrote and drew in 2006–2007 a six-issue Fantastic Four: The End limited series for Marvel Comics, not to be confused with a similar one-shot written by Stan Lee and drawn by John Romita Jr. In February 2008, Alan Davis wrote and penciled a five part ClanDestine miniseries and the one shot Thor: Truth of History for Marvel. He contiues to work for Marvel Comics on X-Men, Thor, Wolverine and Hulk issues. Alan Davis is currently credited with some or all of the artwork in 915 separate Comic Book issues