Most of this came from my Wikipedia page, with a bit of editing (for some reason, Wikipedia was more interested in my comic work than my post-comic book life as an obscure Army officer. Go figure.) I left it in the third person out of sheer laziness, rather than a desire for self-aggrandizement (the rest of the website is for that).
Mike Harris attended New York City’s Stuyvesant High School (’79) where he studied writing under Frank McCourt, and School of Visual Arts, where he studied under Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, Marshall Arisman, and Gil Stone; His influences included J. C. Leyendecker, Heinrich Kley, and Neal Adams.
Breaking into the industry in 1985, he worked as a fill-in artist on several Marvel Comics titles, such as Web of Spider-Man, The ‘Nam, Nomad, and Nova: Deathstorm. Harris (with writer David Michelinie) co-created the Spider-Man enemies Chance and Foreigner, both in Web of Spider-Man #15 (June 1986). Later, Mike contributed to Punisher War Zone, and Punisher War Journal, and illustrated the Marvel limited series Cops: The Job, No Escape, and Dragon Strike.
During the 1980s, before becoming a Marvel Comics regular, Harris also freelanced for DC Comics (where he illustrated, among others, All-Star Squadron), Comico, Deluxe Comics, Eclipse Comics, Fantagraphics, First Comics, and Harris Publications. In the mid-1990s, Harris worked for Tekno Comix/Big Entertainment on such titles as Lost Universe and Lady Justice.
While working as a comic book artist, Harris enlisted in the New York Army National Guard as a Cavalry Scout, 19D, with the 1-101st Cavalry in 1986. He was selected to attend Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in 1988 as an Armored Cavalry officer. He continued to serve in the National Guard and Army Reserve while working as an illustrator from 1986 through 2004, and served on active duty from 2004-2016. He deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004-2005 and again in 2008 on Leaders’ Reconnaissance missions in support of deploying units. He retired from the Army in 2016, at the rank of lieutenant colonel, after thirty years of active and reserve service. His awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Reserve Commendation Medal (four awards), the Army Achievement Medal, the New York State award for Support to Civil Authority, a Meritorious Unit Citation and a Superior Unit Citation.
Mike and his wife, Julie, have been married more than 15 years and have two children, Fiona and Lily.