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Steve Leialoha

Steve Leialoha

American comic artist
Steve Leialoha
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Intro American comic artist
Is Comics artist
From United States of America
Type Humor
Gender male
Birth 27 January 1952
Age 68 years
Spouse: Trina Robbins
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Steve Leialoha (born January 27, 1952) is an American comic book artist whose work first came to prominence in the 1970s. He has worked primarily as an inker, though occasionally as a penciller, for several publishers, including Marvel Comics and later DC Comics.


Cover for Spider-Woman #8 (November 1978). Art by Carmine Infantino and Steve Leialoha.

Leialoha's professional career began in 1975 with the early independent comic book Star*Reach, drawing the five-page story "Wooden Ships on the Water", adapted by writer Mike Friedrich from the song by Crosby, Stills, and Kantner, in issue #3 (Sept. 1975). He continued to contribute to Star*Reach and the same publisher's Quack for four years.

Leialoha freelanced as a regular contributor to Marvel from 1976 to 1988, working on such series as Warlock, Star Wars, Spider-Woman, the Spider-Man title Marvel Team-Up, the Firestar limited series, New Mutants and Howard the Duck. He and writer J. M. DeMatteis co-created "Greenberg the Vampire" in Bizarre Adventures #29 (Dec. 1981).

In the 1990s, Leialoha began working at DC on Batman and other characters; at Harris Comics on Vampirella; and at Claypool Comics on Soulsearchers and Company. He inked part of the World's End story arc in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman series. The following decade, he became the regular inker on most of the issues (through 2013) of the DC/Vertigo series Fables, penciled by Mark Buckingham, for which they won the Eisner Award for "Best Penciller/Inker Team" in 2007.

He lives in San Francisco with his partner, comics artist Trina Robbins.

Writer Larry Hama named G.I. Joe character Edward Leialoha (code name Torpedo) after Steve Leialoha.


  • 2003: Won Eisner Award for "Best New Series" and "Best Serialized Story" for Fables #1-5: "Legends in Exile" with Bill Willingham and Lan Medina.
  • 2005: Won Eisner Award for "Best Serialized Story", for Fables #19–27: "March of the Wooden Soldiers" with Willingham and Mark Buckingham.
  • 2006: Won Eisner Award for "Best Serialized Story", for Fables #36–38, 40–41: "Return to the Homelands" with Willingham and Buckingham.
  • 2007: Won Eisner Award for "Best Artist/Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team", for Fables with Buckingham.
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