Biography – Ryan Brown

Ryan Brown (born May 2, 1962) is a comic book artist best known for his work on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

He is a 1980 graduate of Norwayne High School.

Brown began inking the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 1985 and continued until 1988, when he and partner Steve Lavigne began producing artwork for licensed TMNT products. Brown worked primarily as inker over Lavigne’s pencils.

As a Mirage Studios staff artist, Brown designed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figure Farmer Michelangelo for Playmates Toys. According to credit included on the back of turtles action figures Brown also created Hothead, Scratch, Monty Moose, King Lionheart, Half Court, Wyrm, Scumbug, Leatherhead, Dr. El, Wingnut, Ray Fillet, Sand Storm, Mondo Gecko and Rock’n’Roll Mondo Gecko. Brown’s comic book series, The Selected is populated with his old unused TMNT toy designs.

Scratch and Farmer Michelangelo are un-credited on the back of the toy packaging, but Brown has confirmed at different convention appearances that he did create the cat burglar as well as designed Farmer Mike. He also notes that the stool pigeon included with the Scratch figure was created by long-time friend Dan Berger.

In the late 1980s, Brown, with partner Stephen Murphy, revamped the Archie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures title for Mirage Studios. The team of Brown and Murphy created the Mighty Mutanimals as a spin-off of the Adventures title. Brown inked over 80 covers for the Archie TMNT Adventures title.

His character Motorhead appeared in an issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Magazine.

Brown created his concept the Hallowieners in 1984. Mirage Studios published a comic book about the giant mutant monster Halloween hot dogs in 1989.

Brown was a participant in the drafting of the Creator’s Bill of Rights.

Brown also created the ABC Saturday morning animated television series Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa, and helped with development on its corresponding video game for the arcade by Konami. The game itself easily compared to Konami’s own Western game Sunset Riders.

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