Ian Akin

Ian Akin

Ian Akin (b. July 28, 1959) is a comic book artist, known primarily for inking. Along with his inking partner, Brian Garvey, Akin worked on many superhero comics (mostly for Marvel Comics) from 1982–1988.


Akin's first professional job was producing artwork for Larry Fuller's New Funny Book in 1978. In 1982, he began working for Marvel Comics on ROM Spaceknight #34 (Sept. 1982), inking with Garvey over Sal Buscema's pencils. Akin & Garvey became the regular ROM inkers for almost two years, until 1984. During that time, they also provided the inks for the 1982 Marvel mini-series Vision and the Scarlet Witch. In 1984, the pair inked the four-issue mini-series Starriors for Marvel.

In the mid 1980s, the pair branched out, producing work for DC Comics, where they worked on comics including Firestorm (for five consecutive issues) and The Warlord, Pacific Comics and Savage Graphics, while continuing to produce covers and interior art for Marvel.

Akin & Garvey produced the majority of their work, however, for Marvel Comics. This included inking issues #190–209 of Iron Man, as well as three years working on The Transformers. At the same time, Akin & Garvey worked sporadically for clients ranging including Marvel, DC to Continuity Comics. The partnership worked for Continuity Comics between 1986 and 1992, on titles including Megalith, Ms. Mystic and Samuree.


In the early 1990s, Akin (and Garvey) produced work for Disney Comics, on titles featuring Jessica Rabbit and The Little Mermaid, and others. Between 1994 and 1995, Akin produced covers for Disney Digest reprints, including for Darkwing Duck.

Other 1990s work

Akin continued to produce work steadily for Marvel through the 1990s, notably as the regular inker on Marvel's Darkhawk from 1993–1995, and Professor Xavier and the X-Men from 1995–1997. He was a regular inker on the 1990s incarnation of What If..., but since the mid 1990s, Akin has no significant published credits.

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Akin & Garvey

  • ROM #34, 36–50 (Marvel)
  • Vision and the Scarlet Witch #1–4 (Marvel)
  • Starriors #1-4 (Marvel)
  • Firestorm #38–42 (DC)
  • Iron Man #190–209 (Marvel)
  • Transformers: Headmasters #1–4 (Marvel)
  • The Transformers #19–30, 32, 35–37 (Marvel)


  • Darkhawk #28–50 (Marvel)
  • Professor Xavier and the X-Men #2, 5, 7, 8, 10–13, 15–18 (Marvel)

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