Don McGregor is a comic book writer whose career began with writing stories for Warren Publishing’s horror magazines in 1973. He contributed scripts to Eerie, Creepy and Vampirella, working with artists Rich Corben and Reed Crandal among others.
McGregor began working at Marvel as a proofreader in 1973, until he worked his way into some writing, beginning with Jungle Action, which had begun as a reprint title. McGregor got to introduce the Black Panther into the book which was drawn by Rich Buckler and Billy Graham. At the same time he began writing Killraven in Amazing Adventures, with art by Herb Trimpe. While Killraven was created by Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway and Neal Adams, McGregor, who took over with the third instalment, made the strip his own.
McGregor was one of a number of younger writers that began at Marvel at that time, who introduced a fresh more mature and politically aware approach to their writing. His stories in Jungle Action were different for having a mainly African cast. He pushed the boundaries in other ways, too, and with artist Graig P. Russel who took over from Trimpe, portrayed mainstream comics first inter-racial kiss. Killraven, drawing on H.G. Wells War of the Worlds, was a novel blend of science fiction and superheroics. There were disturbing aspect to his work too, which portrayed scenes of torture and degradation much more frequently than was usual for colour comics of the time.
McGregor’s books, however, did not sell especially well and both these memorable series were cancelled. He went on to write Luke Cage and Morbius the living Vampire but failed to maintain a foothold at Marvel.
Returning to Warren he wrote more stories for their horror titles and The Rook between 1979 and 1983.
McGregor, along with artist Paul Gulacy, is also considered one of the pioneers of the graphic novel. They launched their character Sabre in 1978 with publisher Eclipse Enterprises. A 14-issue comic book series was also published by Eclipse. McGregor’s Detective inc was released in two min series, the first with artist Marshal Rogers and the second with the iconic Gene Colan, again from Eclipse. He and Colan would go on to create Nataniel Dusk, who appeared in two miniseries from DC comics in the 1980s.
McGregor returned to the Black Panther and Marvel in 1989 to write a story in 13 instalments for the anthology Marvel Comic Presents, Panther’s Quest, illustrated by Gene Colan. The miniseries Panther’s Prey followed in 1991 with art by Dwayne Turner.
His later work includes stories for Mars Attacks, James Bond, the X-files and most prominently Zorro.
McGregor’s early work on the Black Panther with Buckler and Billy Graham was rated third in Comics Bulletin’s list of top 10 70s Marvels in 2010.
Michal Dutkiewicz is an Australian artist who worked in comics in the 1980s and 90s. He is particularly known for his ability to draw the female form.
Dutkeiwicz grew up in Adelaide and came from a fine art background. His father was an accomplished painter of abstracts and Michal was thinking of following in his footsteps before he became intent on exploring illustration in the mode of pulp artist Virgil Findlay, doing drawings for a zine called the Signus Chronicler. Thinking he would like to try his hand at comics, he began a strip called the Electronaut about a female superhero who succeeded by way of her wits rather than muscle.
After meeting Ian Gould who was impressed with his work, the pair decided to launch a comic, Eureka, which published Dutkiewicz’s quirky Verity Aloha. When Gould attended a comic convention in San Diego in 1991, he met the publisher of Innovation Publications, David Campitit, and showed him Dutkiewicz’s work. Campiti was impressed enough to call Dutkiewicz and offer him his first professional work. Dutkiewicz worked for Innovation from then until the company closed in 1994, beginning with Hero Alliance. His most notable work at Innovation was the Lost in Space strip which he drew, often providing full art for scripts by series writer Bill Mummy who had played Will Robinson in the cult TV series.
Campiti had left Innovation in 1993 but was operating as a talent agent and found Dutkiewicz work at DC where he pencilled Psyba-rats, written by Chuck Dixon. Andew J. Kent worked on the pencils with him. Dutkiewicz moved up the chain at DC to work on more high profile characters like Batman and Superman and provided art for the adaptation of Batman Forever, written by Denny O’Niel and inked by Scot Hanna and published in 1995.
In 1998, Dutkiewicz drew A Girl Called Willow for Angel Entertainment, inking his own work for a script by Mary Anne Evans.
Dutkeiwicz did his first work for Marvel in 1997, pencilling the 48-page special Wolverine Doombringer, written by Doug Moench and inked By Jimmy Palmioti.
Shortly thereafter there was a downturn in the industry and Dutkiewicz found himself without work. He turned his attention to doing pinups of exotic females for magazines and book illustration.
He made a brief return to comic book work in 1995 to finish the Journey to the Bottom of the Soul storyline from Lost in Space which had been left incomplete when Innovation Productions had closed. Writer Bill Mummy and Dutkiewicz had only completed the first six issues. The completed graphic novel, published by Bubblehead Publishing was 360 pages.
A way to get published, the signus chronicler zine influenced by V finly. The Electronaut Gary Ela Reverie Publications, female superhero with brains, Ian Gould. Brendan McCarthy, Will Eisner, Jim Steranko, go pro. IG Aussie comic Verity Aloha 3 issues. Written by Michal. David Campiti, San Diego. Hero Alliance.
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J. Scherpenhuizen is an Australian artist, writer and academic. His first published work was an original backup story in the Australian reprint comic Marvel Triple action in 1976. His first significant work was in the 1990s with Mister Blood which he co-created with Christopher Sequiera for Bloodsongs magazine. The pair later produced more material featuring Mister Blood for Sequira’s Sequence Productions which published it in Mister Blood and Bold Action in 2000. The Glowing Man was another Sequiera/Scherpenhuizen co-creation published by Sequence Productions in the Glowing Man/Lyrebird One shot.
Scherpenhuizen’s first major breakthough came when he met Michal Dutkiewicz at a convention in, who offered him work as an assistant on the special oneshot Wolverine Doombringer, written by Doug Moench, and published by Marvel Comics in 1997.
Soon thereafter, he co-created a strip with Christopher Sequiera as a 3-page pitch to Marvel Comics with Dutkiewicz attached as an inker. The industry had hit a slump, however, the pitch failed to sell and the strip was later expanded by the creators and published as the Catamorph in Terra Magazine by Black House Comics in 2012, for whom Scherpenhuizen had already created the horror series, The Twilight Age, published in 2008-9. The six issue series, written and drawn by Scherpenhuizen, was later collected as The Time of the Wolves graphic novel.
Dutkiewicz called on Scherpenhuizen again to help him finish the Lost in Space story arc Journey to the Bottom of the Soul, which had been left unpublished when Innovation ceased publication. It was published in 2005.
In 2008 he inked the second issue of the Buckaroo Banzai prequel pencilled by W.Chew Chan and published by Moonstone Comics.
Scherpenhuizen is a frequent collaborator with writer Jason Franks, inking Franks’ pencils on the second volume of Sixsmiths as well as doing full art on a chapter and contributing covers to two of the issues reprinting the series for the American marked, published by Caliber Comics. Scherpenhuizen’s story Absolution written by brother David ‘Scherwood’ was published in Franks’ famed anthology Kagemono: Flowers and Skulls. They teamed again in 2019 to co-create the character Princess who featured in a chapter of SuperAustralians published in 2019, for which Scherpenhuizen also provided the cover and most of the art to a second story featuring Gary Chaloner’s The Jackaroo.
Since 2016 he has been working on a graphic novel as part of a doctor of arts degree at the University of Sydney which is due to be published in 2021.
is an artist of Dutch descent who has been active in Australia since the 1970s. He has worked as an assistant penciller with Michal Dutkiewicz, most notably on Wolverine Doombringer for Marvel Comics. Around 2000, with writer Chris Sequiera he co-created the characters Mister Blood (published in The Australian comics Mr Blood and Bold Action)
and The Catamorph (published in Terra Magazine. From 2008-9 his six issue comic series The Twilight Age was published by Black House Comics in Australia. The series was collected as the graphic novel, the Time of the Wolves. In 2012 the story 'Absolution' penned by his brother David who lives in Amsterdam was published in Kagemono: Flowers and Skulls. In 20019 he provided cover art and art for two interior stories in SuperAustralians. He is a frequent guest at comic book conventions in Australia.
Meskin was singled out by Jim Steranko in his History of Comics as one of the outstanding artists of his generation. His artwork is distinguished by its sense of design, dynamism and strong draughtsmanship. Meskin’s storytelling was also exceptional and as Meskin told Steranko, heavily influenced by film, most notably Kitizen Kane which he watched multiple times. He has often been largely overlooked due to not having worked on any high-profile superheroes, although he drew hundreds of stories featuring lesser known characters.
Meskin got his start in comics in 1939 with the famous Eisner and Iger comic-packaging company where he contributed to stories for Sheena Queen of the Jungle from Fiction House. Working for packager Harry ‘A’ Chesler, he drew such MLJ/Archie characters as The Shield, Ty-Gor and Mr Satan before moving to National DC in 1941.
At DC, Meskin drew dozens of characters such as the Vigilante, Wildcat and Starman. Meskin worked concurrently for other publishers during this time including Timely and did the notable Black Terror for Nedor Comics in collaboration with the legendary Jerry Robinson.
Meskin then moved to work in the Simon/Kirby studio where he did a variety of work including westerns and horror stories.
In 1956, he returned to DC where he did most of his remaining work until leaving comics to go into advertising in 1965. Among his more memorable stories at DC were the tales featuring super speedster Johnny Quick, which Meskin animated vividly by drawing Quick in a series of sequential poses in the one panel. He wqs inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2013.
Christopher Sequiera writer, editor and publisher has been a mainstay in the Australian comic book industry since the 1980’s and has published extensively in his homeland and the USA.
His early work included the vampire series Pulse of Darkness, drawn by co-creator Kurt Stone, and later collected into graphic novel form. Other shorter works were Ratttlebone, the skull-faced detective, drawn Des Waterman and later Kurt Stone, The Deathsman drawn by Kurt Stone and Neil Walpole respectively and Johnny Flathead co-created with Johnathan Sequiera, art was by Sequiera brothers and Gavin O’keefe.
In 1994 Sequiera co-created the strip Mister Blood with artist J. Scherpenhuizen for Bloodsongs magazine. The self-contained Mister Blood stories appeared in most issues in instalments of 2-7 pages.
In 2000 Sequiera launched Sequence Productions which reprinted the shorter works as one the shots, Johnny Flathead, Rattlebone, Mr Blood (including some unpublished work) and Bold Action which contained Mr Blood, the Deathsman and other material. The only all new comic in the range was The Borderlander, co-created and written with Bloodsongs editor Steve Proposch, and drawn by artist/co-creator W. Chew Chan.
The Glowing Man/Lyrebird was another Sequence one-shot featuring the aforementioned heroes created with artists J. Scherpenhuizen and W.Chew Chan respectively.
After much effort, eventually Sequiera managed to get work from a number of publishers in the USA. Among his published work are Iron Man and Dazzler stories for Marvel and issues of Justice League Adventures for DC. He also worked on Boom Studio’s Cthulhu Tales and Justice Inc: the Avenger for Dynamite which he co-wrote with Mark Waid in 2015.
Sequiera’s comic book series, Sherlock Holmes Dark detective, was published by Black House Comics starting in 2008. The book was co-created by Philip Cornel who drew most of the stories.
In 2012 his character the Catamorph, co-created with J. Scherpenhuizen appeared in Terra Magazine published by Black House Comics.
Sequiera conceived of the SuperAustralians in 2015 and enlisted 12 Australian artists and writers to complete the ambitious graphic novel. Sequiera plotted the connecting plot device and wrote the first, last and linking chapters and one chapter reviving the Lyrebird character, illustrated by co-creator W. Chew Chan. All the other chapters were created by writer-artist teams from each state and territory of Australia and featured original characters created by the contributors. Sequiera created the main villain who is orchestrating events within the tale, Doctor Epoch, with artist Adam Yusoff who drew the framing material. SuperAustralians was launched in 2019 at Oz-Comic Con, as a co-publishing venture between Black House Comics and IFWG publishing.
Bruce Mutard is one of Australia's most successful comic book artists and graphic novelists.
Mutard initially disliked superhero comics and responded more to European style albums like Tintin and Asterix which were available in Australian libraries when he was a child. Later he discovered Heavy Metal magazine which helped him to see a new potential in the medium. His first comics were mainly short humorous pieces with a political or satirical bent which he made as an act of rebellion to compensate himself for his sense of boredom as he studied design at university in Melbourne.
Building his talents over the next twenty years Mutard eventually sold his graphic novel The Sacrifice to mainstream publisher Allen and Unwin, who were looking to explore the potential of graphic novel in the shrinking book market. Set in Australia during the war years, it tells the story of a young man’s last night in Melbourne before he sets off to war, fearing he will not survive the coming conflict. Allen and Unwin published the Sacrifice in 2008. In 2009 Allen and Unwin published another graphic novel of Mutards', the Silence, an atmospheric character study and meditation on both human relationships and art. Black House comics published his A Mind of Love which compiled stores initially produced for his Street Smell series between 1994 - 2010. It deals with a nerdy young man’s attempts to interact with women. Other works include The Bunker, published by Image Comics in 2003 and Strip Show published by Miklshadow Books.
As well as writing and drawing his own material Mutard has also contributed to works like Jason Franks Sixsmiths and the SuperAustralians.
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