The Infinite Universe of Jim Starlin

March 31, 2018 – extended thru October 21, 2018

The Cartoon Art Museum presents The Infinite Universe of Jim Starlin, an exhibition celebrating the art and innovation of Jim Starlin. His acclaimed 1970s tenure as the writer and artist of the Marvel Comics series Captain Marvel and Warlock redefined the word “cosmic” and pushed the boundaries of mainstream superhero comics to their limits—and beyond.

Starlin’s signature creation, Thanos, is the featured villain in Marvel Studios’ forthcoming feature film Avengers: Infinity War, which draws inspiration from many of Starlin’s Marvel Comics stories, including Captain Marvel, Warlock, Silver Surfer, and The Infinity Gauntlet. The Cartoon Art Museum’s retrospective celebrates the art and the artist behind these cosmic masterworks with a showcase of his Marvel Comics creations.

Illustration for  Marvel Preview  by Jim Starlin

Illustration for Marvel Preview by Jim Starlin



After writing and illustrating comics for a number of fan publications, Jim Starlin (b. 1949) got his break at Marvel Comics in 1972, and quickly established himself as one of the most dynamic storytellers of the era referred to by historians as The Bronze Age of Comics.

Starlin’s affinity for space opera and cosmic action led to fan-favorite, character-defining story arcs featuring Marvel’s Captain Marvel and Warlock, and his own creations including Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Pip the Troll, and the intergalactic despot Thanos.

In 1982, Starlin wrote and illustrated the first graphic novel published by Marvel Comics, The Death of Captain Marvel, and it remains one of the most popular and influential Marvel Comics of that era. His creator-owned comic Dreadstar was published by Marvel’s Epic Comics imprint, and Starlin concluded the decade with a memorable stint at DC Comics, writing such memorable tales as Batman: The Cult (illustrated by Bernie Wrightson), Cosmic Odyssey (illustrated by Mike Mignola), and Batman: A Death in the Family (illustrated by Jim Aparo).

Starlin returned to Marvel in 1990 with a cosmos-shattering stint as the writer of the monthly Silver Surfer comic book, illustrated by Ron Lim. The series reintroduced Thanos and led directly to The Infinity Gauntlet, an epic crossover series pitting an omnipotent Thanos against the entire Marvel Universe. That series, and Starlin’s subsequent works for Marvel, serve as the template for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first major story arc, culminating in the April 2018 feature film Avengers: Infinity War.

Starlin has earned many accolades and awards for his writing and his artwork, and has been a fan-favorite throughout his career in comics. In 2017, in recognition of this stellar body of work, Starlin was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame.