Hero Illustrated was a comic book-themed magazine published in the early to mid-1990s in the United States. Columnists included Andy Mangels,[1] and Frank Kurtz was at one time a managing editor. The journal won the 1995 Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Periodical/Publication.


Hero Illustrated was published by Warrior Publications of Lombard, Illinois. Its premiere issue was dated July 1993 and it ceased publication in the spring of 1996.[2]


In addition to at least 26 regular issues, numerous specials were published, including Hero Illustrated Specials, Hero Premiere Edition, and Hero Special Edition.

  • Hero Premiere Edition — a series of ashcan copy printings of forthcoming comics.
  • Hero Special Edition
    • 1993: the Year in Comics (vol. 1, 1994)
    • Comic Book Villains: the Baddest of the Bad: Anti-Hero Special Edition (vol. 2, 1994)
    • The 100 Most Important Comics of All Time (vol. 4, 1994)
    • Comic Book Who's Who: Complete Biographies on the Hottest Comic Book Characters! (vol. 6, 1994)
    • Hero 1994 Yearbook: the ups and downs, the best and the worst, the people and the events that rocked the world in comics in 1994! (vol. 8, 1994)


  1. "Hero Illustrated,"
  2. "Hero Off-Line," The Comics Journal #187 (May 1996), p. 29.

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