Phil Jimenez is an American comic book artist and writer, known for his work as writer/artist on Wonder Woman from 2000 to 2003, as one of the five pencilers of the 2005-2006 miniseries Infinite Crisis, and his collaborations with writer Grant Morrison on New X-Men and The Invisibles.
Phil Jimenez was born and raised in Los Angeles and later Orange County, California. He moved to New York City to attend college at the School of Visual Arts, where he majored in cartooning. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1991.
After graduating from SVA, Jimenez was hired by DC Comics Creative Director Neal Pozner at age 21, with his first published work illustrating four pages in the 1991 miniseries War of the Gods.
Following Neal Pozner’s death in 1994, Jimenez wrote and illustrated the 1996 DC miniseries, Tempest, based on a character from Pozner’s late-1980s Aquaman series. In the last issue, Jimenez dedicated the miniseries to Pozner, and wrote an editorial page in which he came out publicly for the first time. “It got over 150 letters,” he says, “including the classic letter from the kid in Iowa: ‘I didn’t know there was anyone else like me.’ That’s what counts. It meant a lot to people.”
Much of Jimenez’s work is related to works by George Pérez, whose art strongly influenced Jimenez. Jimenez has worked on several Teen Titans-related series (some issues of the ongoing series New Titans and Team Titans, and the miniseries JLA/Titans, The Return of Donna Troy and Tempest), was the main artist of Infinite Crisis, a sequel to Crisis on Infinite Earths, and did a long run as writer/artist of Wonder Woman beginning with issue #164 (Jan. 2001). (Perez had worked on the series in the late 1980s to early 1990s). Perez and Jimenez would also co-write a 2-part story together in Wonder Woman (Vol. 2) issues #168-169 in 2001. Jimenez would leave as series writer/artist with issue #188 in March 2003. Jimenez and Pérez also have worked together in 2005-2006 in the miniseries Infinite Crisis (where Jimenez was the main penciller, and Pérez drew some sequences and covers for the series) and DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy (written by Jimenez and inked by Pérez).
Jimenez is also known for his work on various titles for DC Entertainment’s “mature readers” imprint, Vertigo, including Swamp Thing, The Invisibles with acclaimed writer Grant Morrison, and his own creator-owned series, the sci-fi/fantasy mashup Otherworld. In 2003, Jimenez drew several story arcs of Morrison’s popular New X-Men run.
It was announced at the 2007 San Diego ComicCon that Jimenez had signed an exclusive contract with Marvel Comics. He was one of the four artists working on Marvel’s flagship title, The Amazing Spider-Man, the company’s sole Spider-Man title, in which Marvel upped its frequency of publication to three issues monthly, and inaugurated the series with the “back to basics” story arc “Brand New Day” at the beginning of 2008. His first work on Spider-Man was in the Free Comic Book Day 2007: Spider-Man #1 (June 2007) comic book, with writer Dan Slott, which served as a prelude to “Brand New Day”.During his run, Jimenez drew the cover for The Amazing Spider-Man #583, featuring Barack Obama.
He appeared at the White House for the National Design Awards to present original art to First Lady Michelle Obama.
In 2009 Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada announced that Jimenez would take over the art chores on Astonishing X-Men beginning with Issue #31. In 2010 Jimenez co-wrote the book The Essential Wonder Woman Encyclopedia with John Wells for Del Rey Books. He later returned to DC Comics, illustrating a brief stint on Adventure Comics featuring the Legion of Super-Heroes, and Fairest, a spin-off of Bill Willingham’s book Fables.
Jimenez appeared in a panel discussion on diversity in sci-fi/fantasy fandom in March 19, 2015 episode of the Comedy Central humor and commentary program The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, along with Marvel Comics’ director of content and character Sana Amanat, hip-hop artist Jean Grae and comedian Mike Lawrence. During the discussion, Jimenez commented, “It feels strange to me that we would partition race, gender and nerd as if they were distinct things…All human beings are this combination of experiences and ideologies…Everybody’s get some nerd in them. But the idea that, somehow, being a nerd is separate from one’s religious or moral or political beliefs is strange to me. We all bring everything to our decision-making on a daily basis.