Born on this day in 1963, Michael Lance “Mike” Wieringo (often referred to as ‘Ringo) was a USAmerican comic book artist. He broke into the comic book industry in 1992, with an issue of Justice League Quarterly. From there, he worked on other DC titles including the Flash (where he co-created Bart Allen, aka Impulse, with writer Mark Waid) and Robin, as well as several Marvel Comics titles, including Sensational Spider-Man, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, and perhaps his best known work for the company, Fantastic Four (where he was paired with his former Flash writer, Mark Waid). Along with writer Todd Dezago, ‘Ringo created the popular creator-owned fantasy series Tellos for Image Comics. Sadly, Mike Wieringo passed away on August 12, 2007 of a sudden heart attack. He would have been 52 years old today.
I have most, if not all of ‘Ringo’s published comic book work, and I have to say, he was an amazing artist. He was able to draw stunning landscapes, detailed costumes and backgrounds, and portray a range of emotions in his characters. His work was very light and fun, and was perfectly suited to characters such as Spider-Man, Flash, and Robin. In honor of Mike Wieringo, here is a selection of some of his amazing work. We still miss you ‘Ringo!