Born: 1949 February 19 in Ferndale, Michigan, United States

Biography: Creator of Wolverine MacAlistaire (in Journey and Journey: Wardrums series).

Additional biography:
Amazing Heroes (Fantagraphics, 1981 series) #103 (September 15, 1986); #129 (November 15, 1987).
"Support from friends helps turn things around for artist" by Kurt Anthony Krug, The Saginaw News via blog on (November 21, 2008, retrieved February 18, 2018).

Comic strip syndication:
Batman daily and Sunday (Creators Syndicate), 1990-1991 (writer).

Child Rearin' on the Frontier, The New Adventures of Wolverine MacAlistaire, cartoon and other cartoons for the Livingston Parent Journal (Livingston County, Michigan) monthly magazine, circa 2008 - circa 2012.

Notes: Secondary Bails' entry:


    William Messner-Loebs Type: Changed Name
    Given name: William Family name: Messner-Loebs

Other Names:

  1. W. Francis Loeb Jr. Type: Common Alternative Name
  2. Bill Loebs Type: Common Alternative Name
  3. William Loebs Type: Common Alternative Name
    Given name: William Family name: Loebs
  4. William F. Loebs Type: Common Alternative Name
  5. William Francis Loebs Type: Common Alternative Name
  6. William Francis Loebs Jr. Type: Name at Birth
    Given name: William Francis Jr. Family name: Loebs
  7. William Messner Loebs Type: Common Alternative Name
    Given name: William Family name: Messner Loebs
  8. Bill Messner-Loebs Type: Common Alternative Name


  1. Bill Loebs [generic]
  2. W Messner-Loebs
  3. William Messner-Loebs [generic]
  4. Wm Francis Loebs Jr. [generic]
  5. Wm Messner-Loebs [generic]


  1. 1987: Inkpot Award - [no name]
  2. 2017: Bill Finger Award - Writing Excellence

Art Influences:

William Messner-Loebs (b. 1949) stated influences by:
  1. Will Eisner (b. 1917)

Non Comics Works:

  1. Publication Title: Comics Journal (magazine) - Role: artist - Year: 1988
    Employer Name : Fantagraphics
    Work Title: William Messner-Loebs Sketchbook
    Notes: Sketchbook art.

  2. Publication Title: digital magazine (other) - Role: employee
    Employer Name : Fantasticon Productions
    Notes: Wrote reviews, interviews, and articles for Fantasticon Productions digital magazine. In charge of cable and television departments of the company.

  3. Publication Title: HPL Supplement (magazine) - Role: writer - Year: 1973
    Employer Name : Meade and Penny Frierson
    Work Title: Why the Night Gaunts Tickle
    Notes: Wrote under W. Francis Loeb, Jr., "Why the Night Gaunts Tickle" for HPL Supplement #2, July 1973.

  4. Publication Title: The Flash (television) - Role: - Years: 1990 - 1991
    Employer Name : Pet Fly Productions, Warner Bros. Television
    Notes: Consultant for The Flash Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) TV show (1990-1991) for Pet Fly Productions, Warner Bros. Television.

  5. Publication Title: Those Guys in Detroit (radio) - Role: owner - Years: 1973 - 1981
    Employer Name : self-created
    Notes: Radio production company, he wrote 57 second mysteries for the telephone. Bails lists the radio show as being called "Three Guys in Detroit" from 1982.


  1. Spouse - Nadine Messner-Loebs (b. 1940)