Thomas Yeates

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Thomas Yeates
Thomas Yeates at the
2008 New York Comic Con
Born (1955-01-19) January 19, 1955 (age 64)
Notable works
Prince Valiant
Awards Inkpot Award 2012

Thomas Yeates (born January 19, 1955) [1] is an American comic strip and comic book artist best known for illustrating the comic strips Prince Valiant and Zorro and for working on characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Comic strip Short serialized comics

A comic strip is a sequence of drawings arranged in interrelated panels to display brief humor or form a narrative, often serialized, with text in balloons and captions. Traditionally, throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, these have been published in newspapers and magazines, with horizontal strips printed in black-and-white in daily newspapers, while Sunday newspapers offered longer sequences in special color comics sections. With the development of the internet, they began to appear online as webcomics. There were more than 200 different comic strips and daily cartoon panels in American newspapers alone each day for most of the 20th century, for a total of at least 7,300,000 episodes.

Comics artist Person who creates comics

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<i>Prince Valiant</i> 1937 comic strip by Hal Foster

Prince Valiant in the Days of King Arthur, or simply Prince Valiant, is an American comic strip created by Hal Foster in 1937. It is an epic adventure that has told a continuous story during its entire history, and the full stretch of that story now totals more than 4000 Sunday strips. Currently, the strip appears weekly in more than 300 American newspapers, according to its distributor, King Features Syndicate.



Thomas Yeates was part of the first graduating class from The Kubert School. [2] [3] His first published comics work was "Preacher" a five-page backup feature in Sgt. Rock #312 (Jan. 1978). [4] He provided spot illustrations for a Batman prose story in Detective Comics #500 (March 1981) written by Walter B. Gibson, longtime writer of The Shadow . [5] [6] Yeates and Jack C. Harris briefly revived Claw the Unconquered as a backup feature in The Warlord #48-49. [7] "Dragonsword" was a backup feature by Paul Levitz and Yeates which appeared in The Warlord #51-54 (Nov. 1981Feb. 1982). [8] [9] In 1982, Yeates and writer Martin Pasko revived Swamp Thing in a new series titled Saga of the Swamp Thing . [10] Timespirits was created by Stephen Perry and Yeates for the Epic Comics line. [11] He drew the Universe X: Beasts and Universe X: Cap one-shots for Marvel in 2001. [4] [12] On April 1, 2012, Yeates began drawing the Prince Valiant comic strip, replacing Gary Gianni. [13] Yeates collaborated with Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier on the Groo vs. Conan crossover for Dark Horse Comics in 2014. [14]

The Kubert School

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Yeates received an Inkpot Award in 2012. [15]



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  2. "Talent From The Kubert School: Thomas Yeates". The Kubert School. n.d. Archived from the original on December 28, 2014.
  3. "Thomas Yeates". Lambiek Comiclopedia. 2014. Archived from the original on March 28, 2014.
  4. 1 2 Thomas Yeates at the Grand Comics Database
  5. Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 193. ISBN   978-0-7566-6742-9. Writer of pulp icon the Shadow, Walter Gibson, spun a prose story of the Dark Knight, illustrated by Tom Yeates.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  6. Greenberger, Robert (December 2013). "Memories of Detective Comics #500". Back Issue! . Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (69): 54–57.
  7. Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 195
  8. Catron, Michael (July 1981). "Dragon Sword". Amazing Heroes . Stamford, Connecticut: Fantagraphics Books (2): 18. Dragon Sword, a new sword-and sorcery series created and scripted by Paul Levitz and pencilled and inked by Tom Yeates will debut as the back feature in Warlord #51, on sale in August [1981].
  9. LoTempio, D. J. (2002). "Tom Yeates Interview". Fanzing. Archived from the original on April 19, 2012.
  10. Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 197: "Swamp Thing returned to the pages of a new ongoing series, written by Martin Pasko and drawn by artist Tom Yeates."
  11. Cronin, Brian (June 9, 2008). "Everybody's Somebody's Baby – Day Thirteen". Comic Book Resources . Archived from the original on August 20, 2014.
  12. Booker, M. Keith (2010). "Earth X". Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels. Santa Barbara, California: Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 157. ISBN   978-0313357466.
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  14. Hennon, Blake (April 18, 2014). "WonderCon: Sergio Aragonés, Mark Evanier talk new Groo". Los Angeles Times . Archived from the original on December 18, 2014. In the series, Aragonés draws Groo, and Tom Yeates draws Conan.
  15. "Inkpot Awards". San Diego Comic-Con International. 2014. Archived from the original on October 10, 2014.
Preceded by
The Saga of the Swamp Thing artist
Succeeded by
Bo Hampton
Preceded by
Ron Randall
Arak, Son of Thunder inker
Succeeded by
Ernie Colón
Preceded by
Gary Gianni
Prince Valiant artist
Succeeded by