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James O’Barr


Image artist and creator from the dark comic book series “The Crow,” which came into being as a means of coping with the unexpected death of his fiancee Beverly in 1978. He was fascinated with Renaissance sculpture as a kid. His comic publication “The Crow” was modified right into a film starring Brandon Lee. Tragically, Lee was wiped out on arranged during filming. He was raised within the foster care and attention system. He wedded in 2000 and resolved along with his wife in Tx. He was an associate of the metallic music group Trust Obey, that was signed to Nothing at all, the record label possessed by Trent Reznor.

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Full Name James O'Barr
Date Of Birth January 1, 1960
Place Of Birth Michigan
Profession Comic Book Artist
Nationality American
Movies The Crow: Wicked Prayer, The Crow: Salvation, The Crow: City of Angels, The Crow
Star Sign Capricorn

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1He has a daughter from a previous marriage.
2He is a huge fan of Joy Division and The Cure and listened to their music constantly when writing 'The Crow'.
3He was further inspired to create 'The Crow' after reading about a couple in Detroit who were murdered for a twenty dollar engagement ring.
4He is an orphan and was raised in the Foster care system.
5Served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
6Lives in Texas.
7The reason he had created The Crow was because of the death of his Fiance
8Makes cameo appearance in The Crow... (It's a secret.)



The Crowcomic book series and comic strip pre-production
Frame 1372010Short comic book and characters
The Crow: Wicked Prayer2005comic book series and comic strip The Crow
The Crow: Salvation2000comic book series - comic strip
The Crow: Stairway to Heaven1998TV Series comic book series and comic strip
The Crow: City of Angels1996comic book series and comic strip
The Crow1994comic book series and comic strip



The Crow1994Robber (uncredited)



Comic Book Literacy2009DocumentaryHimself
A Profile of James O'Barr2001Video documentary shortHimself
A-Z of Horror1997TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Anti Gravity Room1996TV SeriesHimself

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1i guess we can open to questions, & don't be shy, I'll tell you anything! You know once a day, usually in the shower!
2(regarding the death of Brandon Lee, and his widow, Eliza Hutton): I relived the same pain and anger as before. I wished I had never written the thing, though if I hadn't, I probably wouldn't be here, having been consumed by my very self-destructive behavior. I was fueled by rage and fury for years and years. My soul felt like a hurricane. I was raised in orphanages and foster homes, and I felt, like, "When is God gonna give me a break?" When Brandon died, I felt like, "Is God trying to test my limits or what?" Why let me become best friends with the guy and take him senselessly from me? God is a bastard, if there is one.
3(on how writing The Crow never brought the catharsis he was hoping for): "As I drew each page, it made me more self-destructive, if anything. There is pure anger on each page"
4After someone very close to me was killed by a drunk driver, I joined the Marines. I just wanted to stop thinking and have some structure in my life. But I was still filled with such rage and frustration that I had to get it out before it destroyed me. One day I just began drawing The Crow; it came pouring out. My character Eric is able to return from the grave because some things just cannot be forgiven; and I believe that there could be a love so strong that it could transcend death, that it could refuse death, and this soul would not rest until it set things right.
5Jesus walks into a hotel with 3 nails and he asks the innkeeper: Can you put me up for the night?

1Extremely dark and Gothic artwork inspired by Renaisance paintings
2Best known as the creator of ''The Crow''.

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