Joshua Middleton bids farewell to mainstream comics (at least for now)

Artist Joshua Middleton, who most recently provided covers for DC's Supergirl, has announced he's finished with mainstream comics work, at least "for the foreseeable future."

"I have plenty of other stuff to keep me busy, and I want to dedicate every minute of my free time to personal work only," Middleton writes on his bog, "so the comic book covers had to go, bringing to an end, with a whimper, ten years of mainstream comic book work-for-hire."

The news leaves open the possibility that Middleton could return to Sky Between Branches, his creator-owned "illustrated fairy tale" that saw just one issue from Com.x in 2002.

Middleton, who's known in recent years primarily for his cover illustrations, began his comics career in 2000 on CrossGen's Meridian. At Marvel, he drew the first four issues of NYX, as well as covers for New Mutants, before signing with DC Comics in 2004. There, he provided covers for American Virgin, Vixen: Return of the Lion and Supergirl, and drew the 2005-2006 miniseries Superman/Shazam: First Thunder and the 2007 one-shot Outsiders: Five of a Kind #4.

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