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.
Dutkiewicz grew up in Adelaide and came from a fine art background. His father, Wladyslaw, 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 Cygnus 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 Aloeha. When Gould attended a comic convention in San Diego in 1991, he met the publisher of Innovation Publications, David Campitti, 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 Mumy 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’Neil 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.
Dutkiewicz did his first work for Marvel in 1997, pencilling the 48-page special Wolverine Doombringer, written by Doug Moench and inked By Jimmy Palmiotti.
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 2005 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 Mumy and Dutkiewicz had only completed the first six issues when Innovation closed its doors. The completed graphic novel, published by Bubblehead Publishing was 360 pages.