PREVIEW: Modern Masters: Frazer Irving

A quick heads up on a fascinating book we’ve been anticipating for quite some time. This week TwoMorrows Publishing releases the 26th volume in their terrific Modern Masters series, an extensive interview with artist Frazer Irving. The book covers the full range of Irving’s work from 2000AD to Gutsville to recent projects for DC including Batman & Robin and Xombi. It also includes a foreword from frequent collaborator Grant Morrison.

TwoMorrows was kind enough to share a lengthy pdf preview of the volume, which includes passages from throughout the book. It also hints at the copious amount of artwork showcased, both in finished form and various stages of process. If you like what you see, the digital version of the book can be had for just $4.95. If you’d prefer a print edition, the trade paperback is available for $15.95 and includes a free link to the digital version when pre-ordered from TwoMorrow’s website. Either way, a great deal and well worth your time and money.

120-page Trade Paperback with Color
Print version: $15.95 cover price
Digital Edition: $4.95

Frazer Irving is the denizen of the dark, the disturbing, and the diabolical in comic book illustration. From his earliest work in Britain’s 2000AD to his breakthrough contributions with Wildstorm, Dark Horse, and Marvel Comics, Irving is widely known for his iconic work on DC Comics titles such as Klarion, The Witch Boy, Azrael: Death’s Dark Knight, and most recently, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne and Batman and Robin. An award-winning illustrator who has collaborated with the likes of John Wagner, Grant Morrison, and Matt Fraction, Irving is also behind the creator-owned Image series Gutsville with Simon Spurrier. When not performing with his London-based band, this true Modern Master is hard at work redefining and challenging the boundaries of comic art with his innovative digital techniques and style. Now, authors Nathan Wilson and Eric Nolen-Weathington examine Irving’s career in the 26th volume of the ongoing Modern Masters book series. With a Foreword by Grant Morrison, this book features an exhaustive interview with the artist, where he outlines his creative process, and presents reams of rare and unseen art, including a gallery of commissioned pieces, and a full-color gallery of his work. Come with us as we shine the light on another master of modern comic art: Frazer Irving!


  1. Comic Geek Speak had an episode focusing on this book a short while ago. You should try and set up an interview with Frazer. He was very charming and had great stories to tell.

  2. I’m looking forward to this one. And there is some good news for the next one. They still plan on getting the Cooke one together for early next year.

  3. What did he work on with Fraction?

  4. I love reading these books. My library has the entire collection of this series and every one of them were fun to read. Definitely looking forward to reading more about Irving because I really don’t know much about him apart from the last 2 years.

  5. Seriously, different ballgame entirely with this guy. Want to get new readers into the medium? Put Irving on EVERY book.

  6. I’m really looking forward to this! I loved that Silent War mini he did with Marvel, and i can’t wait for his issues of the Shade.

  7. I have to say that Irving’s best has got to be, Batman & Robin Must Die story arc for Morrison’s Batman & Robin series. So psychedelic, sinister & vivid it was like I was looking through a more modernized version of The Killing Joke (with the original coloring).

  8. I LOVE Frazer Irving’s work. Xombi was cancelled way to soon. His Joker is fantastic! I hope he gets to do more work with Batman and The Joker, but I will check out anything he’s working on.

  9. I loved his work on the pre-New52 Batman and Robin run with Grant Morrison where he came into the book as the Joker did, its as if (and probably did) plan to have him bring in the Joker as his art paired with the Joker gave those few issues a special tone fit for a Joker.