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James O'Barr

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Nationality  American
Notable works  The Crow
Area(s)  Writer, Artist
Children  1

Movies  The Crow, The Crow: City of Angels, The Crow: Salvation, The Crow: Wicked Prayer
Influenced by  Michelangelo, Will Eisner, Dante Alighieri, Arthur Rimbaud, Charles Baudelaire, John Milton, Jim Carroll
Books  The Crow, The Crow: Special Edition, The Crow: Pestilence, The Crow: Dead Time, The Crow Midnight Legends
Similar  Brandon Lee, Alex Proyas, David J Schow, John Shirley, Jeff Most

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


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Early life

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


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In 1978, O'Barr's fiancée, Beverly, was killed by a drunk driver, and he enlisted in the Marines in an effort to cope with the loss. He was stationed in Germany and illustrated combat manuals for the military. While living in Berlin in 1981, O'Barr began work on The Crow as a means of dealing with his personal tragedy. O'Barr was further inspired by a Detroit newspaper account of the murder of a young couple over a $20 engagement ring. After his discharge from the Marines, O'Barr continued his painting and illustration as well as doing various odd jobs, including working for a Detroit body shop. The Crow sat on a shelf for seven years, but at last someone wanted to publish it: Gary Reed of Caliber Press. In The Crow, the protagonist and his fiancée are murdered by a gang of criminals. He then returns from the dead to hunt their killers.

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O'Barr's own hope that his project would result in a personal catharsis went unfulfilled, he told an interviewer in 1994, saying, "[A]s I drew each page, it made me more self-destructive, if anything....There is pure anger on each page". The Crow has sold more than 750,000 copies worldwide.

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

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The Crow was adapted into a successful film of the same name in 1994, but it resulted in further tragedy. Brandon Lee, who played the main character, was accidentally shot and killed during filming, survived by his then-fiancée Eliza Hutton. O’Barr has been named as a consultant on the reboot. Having previously been opposed to the reboot, in an October 2014 interview, O'Barr spoke about his involvement in the reboot of The Crow, including his role in the new production, discussing the approach to the adaptation, and efforts being made to respect the original film. In November 2014, O'Barr appeared at the Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con and admitted that he is helping write the script for the new reboot of The Crow, along with screenwriter Cliff Dorfman.

After the success of the 1994 movie The Crow, O'Barr began planning a post-apocalyptic graphic novel series entitled Gothik. The series was based on The Wizard of Oz and featured "Jonny Z" from his short story "Frame 137" as the main character.

In January 2013 Motionworks Entertainment released O'Barr's western comic, Sundown, which served as their debut motion comic. It is available on iPhone and iPad. He also announced he has been working on a comic about the Korean War, centered on the efforts of three US Marine guncrews to hold Fox Hill during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, with a different artist drawing each gun crew.

Personal life

As of the mid-2000s, O'Barr resides in Dallas with his daughter.


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