James O'Barr

Comic Book Artist

James O'Barr was born in Detroit, Michigan, United States on January 1st, 1960 and is the Comic Book Artist. At the age of 64, James O'Barr biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 1, 1960
United States
Place of Birth
Detroit, Michigan, United States
64 years old
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Comics Artist, Screenwriter, Writer
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James O'Barr Life

James O'Barr is an American comics artist, writer and graphic artist, best known as the creator of the comic book series The Crow.

Early life

O'Barr, an orphan, was raised in the foster care system.


James O'Barr Career


In 1978, O'Barr was enlisted in the Marines. While stationed in Germany, he portrayed military combat manuals.

Beverly O'Barr's fiancée had been killed by a drunk driver before entering the Marines. O'Barr began writing The Crow in 1981 as a means of dealing with his personal tragedy. O'Barr was inspired even more by a Detroit newspaper account of the murder of a young couple over a $20 engagement ring. A gang of criminals assassinated Eric and his fiancée, Shelly, in The Crow. Eric then returns from the dead, led by a supernatural crow, to hunt their killers.

O'Barr continued painting and illustration as well as doing various odd jobs, including working for a liefern store. The Crow had been on display for seven years, but at last, he discovered a publisher with Gary Reed of Caliber Press. In 1989, the first miniseries was released. Since being sold over 750,000 copies around the world, the Crow has been a hit.

O'Barr's ardent hope that his project would result in a personal catharsis was unfullled. "A]s I drew each page, it made me more self-destructive, if anything," he said during an interview in 1994. "On every page, there is pure rage."

O'Barr appeared on the 1990s as part of the experimental metal band Trust Obey, which was briefly linked to Trent Reznor's Nothing label. In 1993, Trust Obey released Fear and Bullets: Music to Accompany The Crow. The album was packaged with a special edition of The Crow graphic novel.

In 1994, the Crow was made into a very popular film of the same name, but the film was marred by the tragic death of its actor, Brandon Lee, during filming. Three sequels and a television show were later released as a result of the film's success.

O'Barr began planning Gothik, a post-apocalyptic graphic novel series after the success of The Crow film. The series was based on The Wizard of Oz and featured "Jonny Z" from his short story "Frame 137" as the main protagonist.

Sundown, O'Barr's western comic, debuted on iPhone and iPad in January 2013. He also revealed his work on a Korean War comic that centered on three US Marine guncrews' attempts to capture Fox Hill during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, with a different artist drawing each soldier.

In 2013, O'Barr was hired as a consultant on a potential revival of The Crow film franchise. Though initially opposed to the scheme, O'Barr discussed his involvement in the revival of The Crow in an interview disputes in October 2014. He addressed the approach to the adaptation and the attempts to honor the original film. In November 2014, O'Barr appeared at the Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con, co-writing the script with screenwriter Cliff Dorfman.