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Ronald Wade Frenz (born February 1, 1960, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American comic book artist known for his work for Marvel Comics. He is well-known for his 1980s work on Amazing Spider-Man, and more recently, for his work on Spider-Girl (who he co-created with writer Tom DeFalco). Frenz also co-created the New Warriors in the pages of The Mighty Thor.

Frenz's other work includes such titles as The Mighty Thor, Ka-Zar the Savage, The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Marvel Saga, Thunderstrike, and Superman. He is one of a very few artist to hold down a regular stint on both Amazing Spider-Man and Superman.

When DC Comics decided to change Superman's costume and powers, it was Frenz's design that was chosen for Superman's new look. Frenz has a history of working on books where the characters were not in their original costumes/identities. Spider-Man wore his black costume, Thor took on a new secret identity and look, and Superman changed costumes and powers all while Frenz was the regular artist on their titles.

Frenz is known for his frequent collaborations with writer DeFalco, including the short-lived series A-Next. Several of Frenz's creations/co-creations have gone on to be featured in regular or limited series at both Marvel and DC, including Thunderstrike, New Warriors and Strange Visitor. His characters for Marvel's MC2 line have produced series featuring A-Next, J2, Dark Devil, The Buzz and the only female character to reach one hundred consecutive issues at Marvel, Spider-Girl.

DeFalco has called Frenz one of his favorite collaborators, and the creative team of DeFalco, Frenz and inker Josef Rubinstein produced one of the most acclaimed runs on The Amazing Spider-Man. Frenz replaced John Romita, Jr. as the regular artist on The Amazing Spider-Man in 1984 and the memorable stories he pencilled (written mainly by Roger Stern and then by DeFalco) included "The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man" in issue #248, the first appearance of Spider-Man's black costume in issue #252, most of the original stories featuring The Hobgoblin, and Spider-Man's battle with Firelord in issues #269-270. It was Frenz and Defalco that made the "black suit" a symbiote and were indirectly responsible for the character Venom.

Frenz's lean, quirky rendition of Spider-Man/Peter Parker was closer to the stylings of original Spider-Man artist Steve Ditko than most of the post-Ditko artists (who typically followed the model of John Romita, Sr.). Jim Owsley, editor of the Spider-Man titles at the time, has noted that "Frenz was passionate about Spider-Man, verging on fanatical."

In 1986, Frenz and DeFalco were removed from The Amazing Spider-Man by Owsley, acting under the orders of Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter. Frenz has returned sporadically since to pencil Spider-Man stories, including the 1996 mini-series Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives, written by Roger Stern.

Besides his current work as Spider-Girl penciler, Frenz illustrates the "This Happened to Me" feature in the magazine Outdoor Life. He is also a contributing editor to Charlton Spotlight magazine.

On June 4, 2009 Ron Frenz was the recipient of the 2009 Nemo Award for Excellence in the Cartoon Arts.
This author page uses material from the Wikipedia article "Ron Frenz", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0
Total Books: 38
Thor Epic Collection In Mortal Flesh
2017 - Thor Epic Collection in Mortal Flesh (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781302906986
ISBN-10: 1302906984
Genres: Children's Books, Comics & Graphic Novels
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GI JOE A Real American Hero Volume 6
2013 - Gi Joe a Real American Hero Volume 6 [G. I. Joe Graphic Novels] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781613775820
ISBN-10: 1613775822
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
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The Chronicles of King Conan Volume 3 The Haunter of the Cenotaph and Other Stories
SpiderMan The Complete Ben Reilly Epic Book 5
2012 - Spiderman the Complete Ben Reilly Epic Book 5 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780785163831
ISBN-10: 0785163832
Genres: Children's Books, Comics & Graphic Novels
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Star Wars Omnibus A Long Time Ago    Volume 4
2011 - Star Wars Omnibus a Long Time Ago Volume 4 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781595826404
ISBN-10: 1595826408
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels
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Thor Thunderstrike
2011 - Thor Thunderstrike [Thor Graphic Novels] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780785156383
ISBN-10: 0785156380
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
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Thor The Warriors Three Unleashed
2011 - Thor the Warriors Three Unleashed (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780785150763
ISBN-10: 0785150765
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
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Star Wars Omnibus A Long Time Ago
2011 - Star Wars Omnibus a Long Time Ago [Volume 3] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781595826398
ISBN-10: 1595826394
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comics & Graphic Novels
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Acts Of Vengeance Omnibus HC
2010 - Acts of Vengeance Omnibus Hc (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780785144649
ISBN-10: 0785144641
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
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SpiderMan The Short Halloween TPB
2010 - Spiderman the Short Halloween Tpb [Spider-Man Graphic Novels] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780785138785
ISBN-10: 0785138781
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
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Spectacular SpiderGirl Who Killed Gwen Reilly TPB
SpiderGirl Volume 12 The Games Villains Play Digest
2010 - Spidergirl Volume 12 the Games VIllains Play Digest (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780785144823
ISBN-10: 078514482X
Genres: Children's Books, Comics & Graphic Novels
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SpiderMan Amazing Family Volume 3 TPB
2010 - Spiderman Amazing Family Volume 3 Tpb [Amazing Spider-Man] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780785139010
ISBN-10: 078513901X
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
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Kolchak Tales Of The Night Stalker  The Rise  Fall Of Carl Kolchak
2009 - Kolchak Tales of the Night Stalker the Rise Fall of Carl Kolchak (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781933076584
ISBN-10: 1933076585
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
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Indiana Jones Omnibus 1
2009 - Indiana Jones Omnibus 1 [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788498475166
ISBN-10: 8498475163
Genre: Teen & Young Adult
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Indiana Jones Omnibus 2
2009 - Indiana Jones Omnibus 2 [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788498478150
ISBN-10: 8498478154
Genre: Teen & Young Adult
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SpiderMan Family Ties TPB
2009 - Spiderman Family Ties Tpb [Amazing Spider-Man] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780785135173
ISBN-10: 0785135170
Genres: Children's Books, Teen & Young Adult, Comics & Graphic Novels
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Essential Peter Parker The Spectacular SpiderMan Volume 4 TPB
2009 - Essential Peter Parker the Spectacular Spiderman Volume 4 Tpb [Spiderman] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780785130710
ISBN-10: 0785130713
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
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SpiderGirl Volume 11 Marked For Death Digest
2009 - Spidergirl Volume 11 Marked for Death Digest [Marvel Adventures Spider Girl Digest] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780785137412
ISBN-10: 0785137416
Genres: Children's Books, Comics & Graphic Novels
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New Warriors Classic Volume 1 TPB
2009 - New Warriors Classic Volume 1 Tpb (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780785137429
ISBN-10: 0785137424
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
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Amazing SpiderGirl Volume 5 Maybreak TPB
2009 - Amazing Spidergirl Volume 5 Maybreak Tpb [The Amzaint Spider-Girl] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780785131878
ISBN-10: 0785131876
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
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2009 - Spiderman Family Ties Premiere Hc [Amazing Spider-Man] (Hardcover)
2007 - Amazing Spidergirl Volume 2 Comes the Carnage Tpb [Amazing Spider-Girl Marvel - v. 2] (Paperback)
2007 - Spidergirl Presents the Buzz Darkdevil [Spider-Man, Daredevil] (Paperback)
2006 - Legacyin Black and White [Spider-Girl] (Other)
2003 - Fool's Bounty [Star Wars: A Long Time Ago..., Book 5] (Paperback)
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