Mike Wieringo who sometimes signed his work under the name "Ringo", was an American comic book artist best known for his work on DC Comics' The Flash and Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four. Mike was born in Italy and raised in Lynchburg, Virginia. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, graduating with a degree in Communication Arts and Design. Wieringo died of a heart attack at his home in Durham, North Carolina, at age 44. He was survived by his parents, Cecil and Shirley Dean Wieringo, and his brother Matt.
Mike Wieringo broke into comics as a penciler with the Millennium Publications series Pat Savage and Doc Savage: Doom Dynasty in 1991. Two years later, he penciled the cover of the anthology comic book Negative Burn #1 (1993), from Caliber Press. Wieringo broke into mainstream publisher DC Comics penciling the cover and co-penciling (with Lee Moder) the 30-page Justice League International lead story in Justice League Quarterly #11 (Summer 1993). Wieringo then penciled a 13-page backup feature starring the superheroines Doctor Light and Ice in Justice League Quarterly #12 (Autumn 1993). Wieringo gained prominence working with writer Mark Waid on DC Comics' super-speedster series The Flash vol. 2, penciling all but two issues from #80–92 (Early Sept. 1993–July 1994), plus #0 (Oct. 1994); he additionally penciled covers through #100, #118–124, and 128–129, and for Flash 80-Page Giant #2 (April 1999). Wieringo co-created, with Waid, the young speedster Bart Allen, a.k.a. Impulse, in The Flash vol. 2, #91 (cameo) and #92 (first full appearance).
Wieringo followed this with a short run on Robin, another DC title, with writer Chuck Dixon, while concurrently penciling Marvel Comics' Rogue #1–4 (Jan.–April 1995), a miniseries starring that X-Men superheroine. During this period, he also penciled occasional Marvel covers and small miscellaneous jobs for that company.
Other work around this time included, for the publisher Malibu Comics, penciling the cover and co-penciling (with Rob Haynes) the lead story of Firearm #0 (Nov. 1993) and penciling the back cover and one story in Godwheel #2 (Feb. 1995). For the small independent publisher Explorer Press, he penciled the cover of Explorers #2 (1995).
For Marvel Comics, Wieringo became regular artist on the Spider-Man title The Sensational Spider-Man, teamed with writer Todd DeZago, beginning with issue #8 (Sept. 1996). He penciled all but eight issues, concluding his run with issue #31 (Oct. 1998). Additionally, Wieringo co-plotted several issues and penciled the quirkily numbered "Flashback" issue # -1 (July 1997), and contributed covers for several issues he did not pencil the interiors. During his run he signed a two-year contract with Marvel, beginning December 1997.
After Spider-Man, Wieringo's next major project was at Image Comics, where he reteamed with DeZago on their creator-owned fantasy series Tellos. The comic, a coming-of-age adventure sent in a magical, piratical world, ran 10 issues (May 1999–Nov. 2000). The last three issues were released by Gorilla Comics, a short-lived Image imprint co-founded by Wieringo and several other creators in 2000. Following the demise of the series, Wieringo also penciled one 13-page story in a post-series one-shot, Tellos: Maiden Voyage #1 (March 2001).
Wieringo returned to DC Comics for all but one issue of Adventures of Superman #592–600 (July 2001–March 2002), with writer Joe Casey. He then returned to Marvel and reunited with writer Mark Waid on Fantastic Four. Beginning with issue #51 (March 2002, Wieringo eventually drew 27 issues of Waid's 36, wrapping up their run with #507 (Jan. 2004), by which time the previously relaunched series had returned to its original numbering. The comics-hobbyist magazine Newsarama.com commented that the Waid-Wieringo run "was perhaps best known for fan outcry when Marvel announced that [it was] going to replace the team. Marvel quickly reversed [its] decision, and the two completed their run on the series".
Wieringo penciled the interior art on issues #1–5, #8–10 of Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man and was the front cover artist of #1–19 (Dec. 2005–June 2007). He and writer and former studio-mate Jeff Parker began work on the miniseries Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four in April 2007.
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