Doug Mahnke began his career at Dark Horse comics, working alongside writer John Arcudi to create the legendary MASK series with The Mask, The Mask Returns and The Mask Strikes Back, as well as Homicide and Aliens: Stronghold, and X with writer Steven Grant.
Doug moved over to DC comics where he worked on the Lobo/Mask crossover with Arcudi and incredibly funny Lobo scribe Alan Grant, then on to the creator owned cult humor classic Major Bummer with Arcudi.
Doug has since worked on almost every main title for DC and some of the biggest events in DC History, including: Batman: The Man Who Laughs, Batman: Under the Red Hood (with writer Judd Winnick and inker/brother Tom Nguyen, bringing back Jason Todd as the Red Hood), Final Crisis, Superman Beyond, Seven Soldiers: Frankenstein, and Multiversity: Ultra Comics with Grant Morrison. Along with writer Peter Tomasi, Mahnke pencilled Black Adam: The Dark Age, Final Crisis: Requiem, and Detective Comics, including issue 1000. A four year run on Green Lantern, as well as numerous issues of Justice League with the amazing Geoff Johns, Superman Rebirth with long time friends Pat Gleason and Pete Tomasi, the critically acclaimed Action Comics #775 (as well as a lengthy run on JLA including Justice League Elite) with writer Joe Kelly. The list goes on. Recently, Mahnke penciled/inked variant covers for the Snyder/Capullo’s Death Metal series, which spawned a Pop Funko of Batman shredding a guitar based on his cover to issue #1, as well as a McFarlane Toys Batman figure based on the same cover.
Recently, Doug celebrated his 25th year anniversary working for DC. To honor this achievement, DC recently released Legends of the DC Universe: Doug Mahnke in hardcover form.
Doug is currently working on a secret project with friend Jeff Lemire for DC Comics.
When he is not drawing, he is competing in weightlifting, holding Masters National and world titles, as well as state and National records. He is also an avid animator, many which can be seen on his IG @thedougmahnke.
Doug is looking forward to coming to what he considers his ‘second home’ in Sioux Falls, where he has had the honor of being a part of the Emily’s Hope project and had his work featured at the Washington Pavilion.
We are so thankful to JJ’s Comics and Art for helping us to check an appearance off our “wish-list” by sponsoring the appearance of Doug Mahnke at SiouxperCon 2021: Heroes Homecoming.