Clem Robins

Selected Works



Clem Robins is a Cincinnati-based letterer. He was born in 1955, and did his first lettering work in 1977 for Gold Key comics. Assignments from DC Comics followed, including such features as Wonder Woman, Superman, Green Lantern, Jonah Hex, Doorway to the Unknown, The Creeper, and others. Clem Robins studied painting and drawing at the Art Students League of New York from 1973-79. His teachers included Joseph Hirsch, Robert Phillipp, Ted Seth Jacobs and Robert Beverly Hale.

He began freelancing for Marvel Comics in 1978 , on The Human Fly, The Defenders, Hulk, Marvel Team Up, Spider Man, Spider Woman, and whatever else he could scarf up from them. He did stints in the production department of both companies during this time. Robins left comic book industry in 1979, only to return six years later. He lettered indie books for Apple, Vortex, First and Malibu. With Malibu, he lettered the Robotech II: The Sentinels comic books. In 1989, he did Conan and other books for Marvel.

His work has been twice nominated for the Harvey, and once for the Eisner and Wizard awards. His current projects include Hellboy, B.P.R.D., Unknown Soldier, Greek Street, First Wave and How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less.

He is adjunct professor of human anatomy and figure drawing at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and his book "The Art of Figure Drawing" was published in 2002 by North Light Books. It has since been translated into French, Spanish, German and Chinese. His work is in the permanent collection of the Cincinnati Art Museum. His current projects include the various Hellboy books for Dark Horse comics, and for DC's Vertigo imprint, 100 Bullets, Loveless, Y: The Last Man, Unknown Soldier, Incognegro, and Faker.