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    Bart Sears - 'Wittman'
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He was a comics fan from an early age thanks largely to his brother Bret, who shared his comics with an impressionable Bart. But during his adolescent years, it was a desire to be in the film industry that occupied Bart's mind, comics came a close second. Bart was influenced by several comic artists from his youth, Neal Adams and Ross Andru more than most. Bart would spend hours tracing his favourite Adams and Andru comics just to see how they did it. After High School, he attended the 'Joe Kubert School of Cartooning and Graphic Arts. His plan was to work in comics to fund his film projects. Unluckily for the film industry and fortuitous for the comics industry, Bart never got the chance to work in film. Since 1986, Bart has been a comic artist.

Some of Bart's early work was produced outside of comics, action figures played a large part in his early days. Bart pencilled a mini-comic that came with the Sectaurs action figures 'Skulk & Trancula.' He also worked on in-house G. I. Joe projects and designed the first year of C. O. P. S. figures while drawing the imagery that went onto the backing boards of the figures. As well as Action Figures, Bart did quite a bit of work in the Fantasy Role-playing genre. Working for TSR, Bart's work graced the Gamma World: Beta Principle module, Greyhawk Adventures: Master Wolf novel and both Wolverine and Doctor Strange Marvel Super-Heroes Adventure Gamebooks.

Finally, Bart's style caught the eye of the comic industry. So began Bart's relationship with the comic world. He first worked for Marvel doing two back-up stories for Savage Tales, which never saw print and some more work for Sectaurs, again not being printed. Hero Alliance was some of Bart's first printed work and already the artistic growth was evident from his previous work. A steady supply of covers for Quality Comics hit the shelves and Bart was on his way. At this point, Bart got to handle one of his childhood favourite characters in Conan. Quality Comics was closely tied to SQP, a production company run by Sal Quartuccio, who would much later publish Bart's How to Draw Comics book. SQP published a great deal of work concerning Conan; an opportunity Bart took full advantage. He produced two Conan portfolios, several prints and images for the Fan Club run by SQP. While the work is quite varied, it is here that Bart's knowledge of anatomy is revealed.

Bart eventually made his way to DC, which would be his home from 1988 to 1993. He began with work for The Spectre # 22, the C. O. P. S. comic and the 80-page finale to Invasion! before landing the plum role of penciller for DC's newest addition to the Justice League family, Justice League Europe. JLE is where Bart really showed what he could do. It was the first time he had a large reading public see his work and he didn't let anybody down. He pencilled 22 issues, covers for most of them including several for issues he didn't do interior work for, inked another artists pencils for one issue, even inking his own work on a few issues.


After JLE, Bart got to draw another icon, Batman. A three-part story for Legends of the Dark Knight came out in late 1991.

The next year, Bart was given the nod to do the years major story that had most titles involved, the Eclipso invasion. All of the major title's Annuals were dedicated to the Eclipso storyline and Bart produced two 56 page specials; later going on to draw the Eclipso ongoing series.
Around about this time, Bart started his now famous tutorials for Wizard magazine. Over thirty issues of Wizard had his art lessons in them, which now are viewed by many as the best source for instruction on a wide range of topics; from anatomy to perspective, character design, breaking into comics to basic storytelling.

But this didn't take up all of Bart's time, nor did teaching at the Joe Kubert School for a year. Bart went freelance after Eclipso and his work was seen with Valiant in X-O Manowar and Turok; Marvel in an issue of Silver Surfer and a story for Midnight Sons; Dark Horse in Titan and Will to Power covers and DC again before early on in 1994, Bart set up his own comic company called Ominous Press.

Ominous Press was mainly a comic producing company, but it had a hand in other fields too. Early on in it's existence, staff at Ominous Press, including Bart's long time friends Andy Smith and Michael J. Morrissey were designing Action Figures for Marvel under Toy Biz. These turned out to be the 1994 X-Men figures who sported realistic Bart Sears anatomy. Artisticly, this is probably Bart's peak period, his pencils were the most crisp and detailed they have ever been, aided by stellar inks and spectacular colours. While only three issues were produced, these comics are still the finest example of Bart's mastery of anatomy, storytelling and all other aspects of comic creating.

After Ominous Press unfortunately went under, the odd cover would pop up but it was another six months before Bart would have another regular gig. Returning to Valiant in mid 1995, his work was once again in the pages of X-O Manowar. He had a hand in twelve issues from excellent pencils, covers, breakdowns and a writing credit. Bart's next move was quite a shock to some, Penthouse Comix!? Along with names such as Richard Corben, Adam Hughes, Kevin Maguire and Joe Chiodo, Bart revealed some art that left little to the imagination, to put it nicely. From an artistic point of view, these fifty-seven pages of fairly graphic imagery are actually drawn pretty damn well. Here, Bart's thick outline technique, a style he had been working on for a while, was shown for the first time.

Bart found himself on the freelance market again after Penthouse Comix. While there were plenty of pieces for companies like DC, Chaos and Valiant, Bart was steering towards Marvel. Some time in 1997, he pencilled and inked an entire Heroes For Hire issue and began a three-part Conan story that he wrote and pencilled. Both projects for Marvel never saw print unfortunately, which is a shame because there was some truly fantastic art in those books.

But soon Bart found himself pencilling a forty-six page Blade one-shot and covers for the ongoing Blade series. He was shuffled around quite a lot in those Marvel days; from Peter Parker: Spider-Man to Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man before landing the penciller role on Marvel's relaunch of Spider-Woman. With John Byrne writing and Bart pencilling, this comic should have been great. And while the first few issues are good, Bart moved to doing breakdowns instead of full pencils and John Byrne's writing was rather uninspired. Spider-Woman lasted eighteen issues, Bart had a hand in sixteen of them. While working on it, he found time to do a few covers for X-51, write and do breakdowns on a six-part Blade story and some work for Mutant X. But Marvel and Bart weren't the best of alliances, Bart repeatedly asked for better pencilling gigs, only to be passed over for far worse artists and before long, he left.

He headed south, for Florida, where a fresh company with ideals that coincided with his own was starting up. There is no doubt that this move kept Bart in the comic business, without CrossGeneration Comics, who knows where Bart would be now.

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Writer:
Blade (1999)
Blade: Vampire Hunter (1999)
Brute & Babe (1994)
Brute & Babe: Infinity Ashcan (1994)
Wizard (1991)
Wizard How to Draw (2005)
X-O Manowar (1992)

Penciller:
All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
Armor (1988)
ArmorX (2005)
Artifacts (2010)
Artifacts Origins (2012)
The Astonishing Spider-Man (1995)
Batman [GER] (1989)
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (1989)
Blade (1999)
Blade: Sins of the Father (1998)
Blade: Vampire Hunter (1999)
Bloodshot and H.A.R.D.Corps (2013)
Brute & Babe (1994)
Brute & Babe: Infinity Ashcan (1994)
Captain America & the Falcon (2004)
Conan Island Of No Return (2011)
Conan: The Daughters of Midora and Other Stories (2012)
COPS (1988)
CrossGen Illustrated (2001)
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
DC Comics Presents: The Flash/Green Lantern - Faster Friends (2010)
DC Crossover (1998)
Deadlands: Death Was Silent (2011)
DH:HD (2010)
Eclipso (1992)
Eclipso: The Darkness Within (1992)
Edge (2002)
The First (2000)
Forge (2002)
Green Lantern Gallery (1996)
Green Lantern/Flash: Faster Friends (1997)
The Helm (2008)
Hero Alliance: End of Golden Age (1989)
Indiana Jones and the Tomb of the Gods (2008)
Indiana Jones und die Gruft der Götter (2009)
Invasion (1988)
Justice League America (1989)
Justice League Europe (1989)
Justice League International (2008)
Killer Instinct (1996)
Legends of the DC Universe 3-D Gallery (1998)
Legends of the Stargrazers (1989)
Lobo's Greatest Hits (1991)
Marvel Encyclopedia (2002)
Mega Marvel (1993)
Midnight Sons Unlimited (1993)
Motor City Comic Con Program (1989)
Mutant X (1998)
Mystic (2000)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Spider-Man 2005 (2005)
The Path (2002)
Penthouse Comix (1994)
Penthouse Max (1996)
Peter Parker: Spider-Man (1999)
Peter Parker: Spider-Man [GER] (2001)
Ramayan 3392 A.D. Reloaded (2007)
Ramayan 3392AD (2013)
Sabretooth (2004)
Scholastic Spider-Man Encyclopedia (2006)
Scion (2000)
The Scream (2007)
Shadows & Light (1998)
Silver Surfer (1987)
Spawn [FIN] (1996)
The Spectre (1987)
Spider-Man: The Next Chapter (2011)
Spider-Woman (1999)
Turok, Dinosaur Hunter (1993)
Vampires: The Marvel Undead (2011)
Violator (1994)
Violator (1999)
The Warlord (2006)
Warrior (1996)
Weapon X: Days of Future Now (2005)
Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man (1999)
Who's Who in the DC Universe (1990)
Who's Who In The DC Universe Update 1993 (1992)
Witchblade (1995)
Wizard (1991)
Wizard How to Draw (2005)
Wizard: Big Covers Book (2003)
Wizard's PosterMania! (1996)
The Wolverine: Weapon X 100 Project (2009)
X-O Manowar (1992)
X-O Manowar (1996)

Inker:
Artifacts (2010)
Artifacts Origins (2012)
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (1989)
Bloodshot and H.A.R.D.Corps (2013)
Captain America & the Falcon (2004)
Justice League Europe (1989)
Justice League International (2008)
Penthouse Comix (1994)
Ramayan 3392 A.D. Reloaded (2007)
Ramayan 3392AD (2013)
Shadows & Light (1998)
Supreme (1992)
The Warlord (2006)
Who's Who in the DC Universe (1990)
Wizard (1991)
Wizard's PosterMania! (1996)

Colorist:
Ramayan 3392 A.D. Reloaded (2007)

Cover Artist:
2000 A.D. Showcase (1988)
The Astonishing Spider-Man (1995)
Bad Company (1988)
Batman [GER] (1989)
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (1989)
Blade (1998)
Blade (1999)
Blade of the Warrior Kshatriya (2008)
Blade: Vampire Hunter (1999)
Bloodshot and H.A.R.D.Corps (2013)
Brute & Babe (1994)
Brute & Babe: Infinity Ashcan (1994)
Cable (1993)
Captain America & the Falcon (2004)
Comic Shop News (1987)
Contract Solo Mission: Panzer (2008)
COPS (1988)
Cremator: Hell's Guardian (1998)
The Dark (Vol 2) (1993)
Dark Horse Insider (1992)
Deadlands: Death Was Silent (2011)
Direct Currents (1988)
Eclipso (1992)
Eclipso: The Darkness Within (1992)
Edge (2002)
The First (2000)
Forge (2002)
Free-View (1995)
Greylore (1985)
Halo Jones (1987)
The Helm (2008)
Hero Alliance (1987)
Hero Alliance (1989)
Hero Alliance: End of Golden Age (1989)
Hit Comics (1998)
Inside Image (1993)
Invasion (1988)
Judge Dredd Vol.2 (1987)
Justice League Europe (1989)
Justice League International (2008)
Justice League Quarterly (1990)
The Mighty World of Marvel (2003)
Mutant X (1998)
My Name is Bruce (2008)
Ninjak (1994)
The Path (2002)
Peter Parker: Spider-Man (1999)
Previews (1988)
Rai (2014)
Ramayan 3392 A.D. Reloaded (2007)
Rogue Trooper (1986)
Scavengers (1988)
The Scream (2007)
Sentry Special (1991)
Showcase '94 (1994)
Silver Surfer (1987)
Slaine The Berserker (1987)
Slaine The King (1989)
The Spectre (1987)
Spider-Woman (1999)
Strontium Dog (1987)
Thresherz (1994)
Titan Special (1994)
Turok, Dinosaur Hunter (1993)
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (2014)
Unity (2013)
Unity Yearbook (1994)
Violator (1994)
Violator (1999)
The Visitor (1995)
The Warlord (2006)
Weapon X: Days of Future Now (2005)
Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man (1999)
Will to Power (1994)
Wizard (1991)
Wizard's PosterMania! (1996)
Wizard's X-Men Special (2002)
X-51 (1999)
X-Men Classic (1990)
X-O Manowar (1992)
X-O Manowar (2012)
Zoom Suit (2006)



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