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Encyclopedia > Ron Frenz

Ronald Wade Frenz is an American comic book artist born in Pittsburgh, Pa in 1960. His work includes such titles as Ka-Zar the Savage, The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Marvel Saga, The Mighty Thor, Thunderstrike and Superman. He is one of a very few artist to hold down a regular stint on both Amazing Spider-Man and Superman. He is well-known for his 1980s work on Amazing Spider-Man, and more recently, for his work on Spider-Girl (which he co-created with writer Tom DeFalco). Frenz also co-created the New Warriors in the pages of The Mighty Thor. Ron is known for his frequent collaborations with writer DeFalco, including the short-lived series A-Next. Several of Frenz's creations/co-creations have gone on to be featured in regular or mini series at both Marvel and DC including Thunderstrike, New Warriors and Strange Visitor. His characters for Marvel's MC2 line have produced series featuring A-Next, J2, Dark Devil, The Buzz and the only female character to reach 100 consecutive issues at Marvel, Spider-Girl. A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Ka-Zar (pronounced KAY-sar) is the name of two jungle-dwelling fictional characters, both published by Marvel Comics. ... Dr. Henry Indiana Jones, Jr. ... Opening logo to the Star Wars films Star Wars is an epic science fiction-fantasy saga and fictional universe that was created by writer/producer/director George Lucas during the late 1970s. ... Thor (often called The Mighty Thor) is a fictional character and a superhero appearing in the Marvel Universe. ... Thunderstrike, aka Eric Masterson, is a fictional character in the Marvel Universe. ... Superman is a comic book superhero, originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... The Amazing Spider-Man is the title of both a comic book published by Marvel Comics and a daily newspaper comic strip. ... Superman is a comic book superhero, originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... The 1980s refers to the years of and between 1980 and 1989. ... Spider-Girl (May Mayday Parker) is a fictional character, a comic book superheroine active in an alternate future of the Marvel Comics universe. ... Tom DeFalco (born June 26, 1950) is an American comics writer and editor. ... The New Warriors is a Marvel Comics superhero team, traditionally consisting of young adult heroes. ... // A-Next is the Marvel Comics MC2 Universe version of the Avengers. ... Strange Visitor aka Sharon Vance first appeared in Superman (2nd series) #149 of October 1999, wearing the costume of Supermans old containment suit and soon known to be called the cosmic entity, Kismet. ... Characters from the MC2 universe. ... // A-Next is the Marvel Comics MC2 Universe version of the Avengers. ... j2 or J-2 has a few meanings: Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15, which was called J-2 in China J-2 (rocket engine), used in Project Apollo J-2, a US Navy blimp from the early 20th century División de Inteligencia del Estado Mayorde la Defensa, J-2, an... The Buzz may refer to: The Buzz (Talk Show), a television talk show in the Philippines The Buzz (SFU), a student newsletter at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC, Canada Buzz (TV series), a Canadian comedy television series The Buzz (comics), an insect-themed superhero from Marvel Comics Spider-Girl... Spider-Girl (May Mayday Parker) is a fictional character, a comic book superheroine active in an alternate future of the Marvel Comics universe. ...

When DC Comics decided to change Superman's costume and powers, it was Frenz's design that was chosen for Superman's new look.[citation needed] Frenz has a history of working on books where the characters were not in their original costumes/identities. Spider-Man wore his black costume. Thor took on a new secret identity and look, Superman changed costumes and powers all while Frenz was the regular artist on their titles. DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ...

DeFalco has called Ron one of his favorite collaborators, and the creative team of DeFalco, Frenz and inker Josef Rubinstein produced one of the most acclaimed runs on The Amazing Spider-Man. Frenz's lean, quirky rendition of Spider-Man/Peter Parker was closer to the stylings of original Spidey artist Steve Ditko than most of the post-Ditko artists (who followed the Spidey model of John Romita, Sr.). Jim Owsley, editor of the Spider-Man titles at the time, has noted that "Frenz was passionate about Spider-Man, verging on fanatical."[citation needed] Frenz replaced John Romita, Jr. as the regular artist on The Amazing Spider-Man in 1984 and the memorable stories he pencilled (written mainly by Roger Stern and then by DeFalco) included "The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man" in issue #248, the first appearance of Spidey's black costume in issue #252, most of the original stories featuring The Hobgoblin, and Spidey's battle with Firelord in issues #269-270. It was Frenz and Defalco that made the "black suit" a symbiote and were indirectly responsible for the character Venom. Frenz and DeFalco were removed from The Amazing Spider-Man in 1986 by Jim Owsley, acting under the orders of Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter.[citation needed] Frenz has returned sporadically since to pencil Spider-Man stories, including the 1996 mini-series Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives, written by Roger Stern. The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (1964): Cover art by Ditko. ... John Romita, Sr. ... Christopher James Priest, born James Christopher Owsley in 1961, is a writer of comic books. ... John Romita Jr. ... The Hobgoblin character co-created by Stern. ... The Hobgoblin is a fictional character, a supervillain appearing in the Marvel Comics universe as an enemy of Spider-Man who uses a variant of the persona of the Green Goblin. ... Firelord is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics Universe. ... Wasp stinger, with droplet of venom Venom or zootoxin (literally, animal poison) is any of a variety of poisons used by several groups of animal species, for the purpose of defense and hunting prey. ... Cover image of Harbinger #1 from Valiant Comics Jim Shooter (born September 27, 1951 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American writer, occasional fill-in artist, editor, and publisher for various comic books. ... The Hobgoblin character co-created by Stern. ...

Frenz currently illustrates the "This Happened to Me" feature in the magazine Outdoor Life. Outdoor Life is an outdoors magazine featuring hunting, fishing, survival and camping skills. ...

Frenz sells his original art & does do commission work at http://www.catskillcomics.com/frenz.htm

External links

  • Lambiek Comiclopedia
  • Ron Frenz on Marvel.com
Preceded by
John Romita, Jr.
Amazing Spider-Man artist
Succeeded by
Various artists from 1987-1988, Todd McFarlane was the next regular artist
Preceded by
Tom DeFalco
Thor writer
(with Tom DeFalco)
Succeeded by
Ron Marz & Jim Starlin

  Results from FactBites:
Ron Frenz Private Art Collection (224 words)
Ron Frenz's Private Collection is CLOSED, these pages are no longer available for sale.
Unpublished Robin Sample page done in Manga style which Ron Frenz submitted to DC as a tryout for work.
Ron was not for sure what this was for, but we think the woman with the guns has a Matrix flavor, done in 2001
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