Marc Silvestri (born March 29, 1959) is an American comic book artist, creator and publisher. He currently acts as the CEO for Top Cow Productions.
Marc Silvestri was born in Palm Beach, Florida.
Silvestri began his career drawing issues for DC Comics and First Comics, but rose as a star at Marvel Comics, and is best known as the penciller of Uncanny X-Men between 1987 and 1990. He then spent two years pencilling its spin-off title Wolverine.
In 1992, Silvestri became one of the original seven artists — along with Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, Rob Liefeld, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane and Jim Valentino — to form the breakaway comics company Image Comics. Silvestri's stable of titles was published under the imprint Top Cow with the first title released being Cyberforce. The demands of publishing meant Silvestri's time to spend on his own artwork steadily diminished. Many of Silvestri's stories were scripted by his brother, Eric Silvestri.
Disputes among the Image partners led to Silvestri briefly leaving the publisher in 1996, but he soon returned after Liefeld severed his own ties with Image.
Top Cow's successes include the titles Witchblade, The Darkness, Inferno Hellbound (publication of which was interrupted for unknown reasons) and Fathom.
In 2004 Silvestri made a brief return to Marvel to pencil several issues of X-Men, collaborating with writer Grant Morrison. Later in the year, he launched a new Top Cow title, Hunter-Killer with writer Mark Waid. He provided covers for the Marvel Comics mini-series, X-Men: Deadly Genesis by Ed Brubaker and Trevor Hairsine.
In June 2006 Top Cow released a Cyberforce #0 featuring the art talents of Silvestri.
In late 2007 (cover date December), he pencilled the X-Men: Messiah Complex one-shot, as well as many covers in the crossover of the same name that followed.
Silvestri executive produced the anime adaptation of Witchblade.
He continued his work on X-Men penciling the first installment, in the form of a One-shot Uncanny X-Men/Dark Avengers crossover Utopia in 2009.
He also contributed to Image United, penciling all the characters he created during his run at Image that feature in the story.
Comics work (interior pencil art) includes:
- 21 #3 (along with Billy Tan) (1996)
- Cyberforce #1-4 (miniseries, also referred as vol. 1) (1992)
- Cyberforce, regular series, #1-7, 9-13 (1993–95)
- Cyberforce Ashcan, one-shot
- Cyblade/Shi: The Battle for Independents #1 (1995)
- Darkness #1-7 (1996–97); #75 (2009)
- Hunter-Killer #0-6 (2005–06)
- Civil War: The Initiative, one-shot (2007)
- Cloak and Dagger #7 (1986)
- King Conan #13-16, 19-29
- Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia #1, one-shot (2009)
- Incredible Hulk, vol. 3, #1- (2011)
- Marvel Graphic Novel (Avengers) #17 (1985)
- Master of Kung Fu #119 (1982)
- Star Trek/X-Men, one-shot (among other artists) (1996)
- New X-Men #151-154 (2004)
- Uncanny X-Men #218, 220-222, 224-227, 229, 230, 232-234, 236, 238-244, 246, 247, 249-251, 253-255, 259-261 (1987–90)
- What If? (Sub-Mariner) #41 (1983)
- Web of Spider-Man #16-20, 22 (1986–87)
- Wolverine #31-43, 45, 46, 48-50, 52, 53, 55-57 (1990–92)
- X-Factor #8, 12, 54 (1986–90)
- X-Men: Messiah Complex, one-shot (2007)
- Warp Special #2 (First Comics, 1984)
Besides his art, Silvestri was also scripter (and co-plotter) on the Top Cow title Codename: Stryke Force.