James O'Barr

more photos (1)

James O'Barr


Born
in Detroit, Michigan, The United States
January 01, 1960

Website

Genre


James O'Barr is an accomplished artist and writer, best known for creating The Crow.

In 1978, O'Barr's fiancée, Beverly, was killed by a drunk driver, and he joined the Marines in an effort to cope with the loss. He was stationed in Germany and illustrated combat manuals for the military. While living in Berlin in 1981, O'Barr began work on The Crow as a means of dealing with his personal tragedy. O'Barr was further inspired by a Detroit newspaper account of the murder of a young couple over a $20 engagement ring. After his discharge from the Marines, O'Barr continued his painting and illustration as well as doing lots of odd jobs, including working for a Detroit body shop. The Crow sat on a shelf for seven years, but at last someone wanted
...more

Average rating: 4.15 · 14,980 ratings · 687 reviews · 25 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Crow

4.27 avg rating — 10,925 ratings — published 1989 — 29 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Crow: Dead Time

by
3.58 avg rating — 447 ratings — published 1997 — 7 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Crow:  Shattered Lives ...

by
3.97 avg rating — 277 ratings — published 1998 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Crow Volume 1: Pain & Fear

4.68 avg rating — 149 ratings — published 1992 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Crow Volume 3: Death

4.71 avg rating — 155 ratings — published 1992 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Crow Volume 2: Irony & ...

4.69 avg rating — 137 ratings — published 1992 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Crow: Special Edition

4.32 avg rating — 136 ratings2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Crow: Curare

by
4.10 avg rating — 134 ratings — published 2013 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Crow: Skinning the Wolves

3.60 avg rating — 167 ratings — published 2013 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Crow: Book of Pain Sket...

4.77 avg rating — 44 ratings — published 1997 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by James O'Barr…
The Crow Volume 1: Pain & Fear The Crow Volume 2: Irony & ... The Crow Volume 3: Death
(3 books)
by
4.69 avg rating — 441 ratings

The Crow: Skinning The Wolv...
(1 book)
by
3.60 avg rating — 182 ratings

The Crow: Curare #1 The Crow: Curare #2
(2 books)
by
4.08 avg rating — 159 ratings

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

“People once believed that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead. But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can't rest. Then sometimes, just sometimes, the crow can bring that soul back to put the wrong things right.”
James O'Barr, The Crow

“It can't rain all the time.”
James O'Barr, The Crow

“There is a man, playing a violin, and the strings are the nerves in his own arm...”
James O'Barr

Polls

Which of these books would you like to be our Fifth Group Read Discussion (May 2012)?

The winning pick will be our official Fifth Group Read Discussion. The 2nd place finisher will have an optional discussion thread.

 
  39 votes, 44.8%

 
  17 votes, 19.5%

 
  6 votes, 6.9%

 
  6 votes, 6.9%

 
  6 votes, 6.9%

 
  5 votes, 5.7%

 
  2 votes, 2.3%

 
  2 votes, 2.3%

 
  2 votes, 2.3%

 
  2 votes, 2.3%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

More...

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
On Reading Graphi...: good graphic novels 44 400 Aug 10, 2010 01:21PM  
Comic Book Collec...: The Crow 6 27 Feb 18, 2011 06:55AM  
Get Graphic: Goodreads Giveaways 253 77 Dec 14, 2017 05:01PM  
Around the World ...: Michigan 18 296 Apr 05, 2018 06:20AM  
Graphic Novel Rea...: * Introduction: Newbies say hello and introduce yourself here 1027 1750 Jun 23, 2018 01:22PM  
The Lost Challenges: A-Z Authors 2018 61 52 Jul 01, 2018 07:20PM  
The Next Best Boo...: The Title Game - Part Deux 7870 2227 22 hours, 36 min ago  


Is this you? Let us know. If not, help out and invite James to Goodreads.