Barry Kitson is a British comics artist best known as a penciler of major superhero comic books published by Marvel Comics and DC Comics.
Kitson’s first professional work was Spider-Man for Marvel UK. He also drew many stories for 2000 AD, beginning with a “Future Shocks” tale written by Peter Milligan as well as others by Grant Morrison, and going on to achieve great acclaim with his detailed work on Judge Andersonwritten by Alan Grant.
Kitson provided illustrations for “Osgood Peabody’s Big Green Dream Machine”, a Superman text story written by Grant Morrison which appeared in the 1986 British Superman Annual. His first American work for DC Comics was a Batgirl Special published in 1988. He and writers Keith Giffen and Alan Grant launched the L.E.G.I.O.N. series in February 1989. The Azrael series was crafted by Kitson and writer Dennis O’Neilbeginning in February 1995. While drawing Azrael, Kitson drew part of the “Contagion” storyline which crossed-over through the various Batman-related titles. Kitson was one of the many artists who contributed to the Superman: The Wedding Album one-shot in 1996 wherein the title character married Lois Lane. With writers Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn, Kitson produced the JLA: Year One limited series which clarified elements of the team’s origin. In 2000, Kitson drew a series titled Empire which was written by Waid, whose protagonist was a Doctor Doom-likesupervillain named Golgoth who had defeated all superheroes and conquered the world. The series was originally published by Gorilla Comics, a company formed by Waid, Kurt Busiek and several others, but the company folded after only two issues were published. Empire was completed under the DC Comics label in 2003 and 2004. In 2002 he began a run on The Titans and in 2004, he and Waid relaunched Legion of Super-Heroes. for DC Comics and continued on it for two and a half years ending with issue No. 31.
Kitson has worked with Marvel Comics since 2007 on titles including The Order, Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four, and The Amazing Spider-Man.In addition, he has worked on The Incredible Hulk, an Iron Man miniseries, and FF.