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Wolfman was active in fandom before he broke into professional comics at DC in 1968. Wolfman was one of the first to publish Stephen King, with In A Half-World of Terror in Wolfman's horror fanzine Stories of Suspense No. 2.

Wolfman's first published work for DC Comics appeared in Blackhawk No. 242. He and long-time friend Len Wein created the character Jonny Double in Showcase No. 78 scripted by Wolfman. The two co-wrote Eye of the Beholder in Teen Titans No. 18, which would be Wein's first professional comics credit. Neal Adams was called upon to rewrite and redraw a Teen Titans story which had been written by Wein and Wolfman. The story, titled Titans Fit the Battle of Jericho! would have introduced DC's first African American superhero, but was rejected by publisher Carmine Infantino. The revised story appeared in Teen Titans No. 20. Wolfman and Gil Kane created an origin for Wonder Girl in Teen Titans No. 22, which introduced the character's new costume.

In 1974, Wolfman moved to Marvel Comics as protégé of then-editor Roy Thomas. When Thomas stepped down, Wolfman eventually took over as editor, initially in charge of the black and white magazines then finally the color line of comics.

While at Marvel Wolfman wrote lengthy runs of Amazing Spider-Man (where he co-created the Black Cat); Fantastic Four; and Doctor Strange. He created Nova in that character's eponymous first issue. In 1978, Wolfman took over writing the Howard the Duck syndicated newspaper comic strip, which adapted several stories from the original Steve Gerber-written comics.

His best-received work was The Tomb of Dracula, a fledgling horror comic which in his six years as writer Wolfman turned into a rich, complex piece of high gothic, well matched with the moody shade-and-light pencilling of Gene Colan. Taking Bram Stoker's basic story, Wolfman created his own vampire mythology and introduced a set of new characters, including Blade.

In 1980, Wolfman returned to DC and teaming with penciller George Pérez, Wolfman relaunched DC's Teen Titans. The New Teen Titans added the Wolfman-Pérez creations Raven, Starfire and Cyborg to the old team's Robin, Wonder Girl, Kid Flash and Beast Boy (renamed Changeling). The series became DC's first new hit in years, and its first serious competitor to Marvel since the early 1970s.

Other projects by Wolfman for DC during the early 1980s included collaborating with artist Gil Kane on a run on Superman, rejoining Colan (who had also moved to DC) on the short-lived Night Force, a revival of Dial H for Hero with Carmine Infantino, and a nearly two year run on Green Lantern with Joe Staton. During their collaboration on Green Lantern, Wolfman and Staton created the Omega Men.

In 1985, Wolfman and Pérez launched Crisis on Infinite Earths, a 12-issue limited series celebrating DC's 50th anniversary. Featuring a cast of thousands and a timeline that ranged from the beginning of the universe to the end of time, it killed scores of characters, integrated a number of heroes from other companies to DC continuity, and re-wrote 50 years of DC universe history in order to streamline it.

Wolfman was also involved in the DC Comics relaunch of the Superman line, reinventing nemesis Lex Luthor and initially scripting the Adventures of Superman title.

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Orphan(0) : Marv Wolfman (guest_id=1174) : categories=Comics;
 

Powerhouse artist Mike Zeck, renowned illustrator and storyteller, is making a rare and select series of appearances in 2015.

A heavy-hitter in the comics industry, and influencing generations of artists, one would have to argue which of Mike’s series has been the most influential, or which is embossed most deeply in our pop culture.

Zeck’s epic six part story Kraven’s Last Hunt, with J.M. Dematteis and Bob McLeod, springs immediately to mind. This groundbreaking series took the Spider-man character to a whole new level, and has been touted by readers as the "Greatest Spider-Man story of all time," in recent polls.

Considered one of "the" Punisher artists, Zeck’s work with writer Steven Grant on the character--collected as Circle of Blood--sets the standard for the look and feel of the Punisher and propelled him to flagship character status at Marvel. In fact, along with air-brush artist Phil Zimmelman, Mike has created some of the most recognizable painted images of the Punisher ever made.

The Limited Series Secret Wars, set the comic book readership on their ears, and brought a new black-and-white costume design for Spider-man (designed by Zeck) which is still recognizable and indelible to this day. Spider-man wore the costume temporarily, and it still lives on in the form of the super-villain, Venom.

In short, when you stop and think of the t-shirts sporting Zeck images, the homages to his covers, the lineage of his storytelling, you need a long sheet of paper to start writing them down.

Michael J. Zeck it seems, always knew he would work in the arts. Born in Pennsylvania and growing up in South Florida, he later attended the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida, his eye always on working in the sequential art field. He began that career at Charlton Comics with their animation-related line of comics leading to horror titles, later moving on to Marvel Comics. Some of his first work at Marvel included Master of Kung Fu and Captain America, with many more titles, at numerous companies, to follow from there.

Zeck’s work has graced the pages and covers of Aquaman, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Green Lantern, G.I. Joe, G.I. Joe: Special Missions, Lobo, Deathstroke The Terminator, The Eliminator, and too many titles to mention here.

Zeck will be promoting his new art book Raw Fury: The Art of Michael J. Zeck at each of his appearances.

For more information on this appearance and Michael J. Zeck contact Eva Ink Artist Group at: evaink@aol.com.

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Orphan(0) : Mike Zeck (guest_id=1172) : categories=Comics;
 

Paul Cornell is a writer of science fiction and fantasy in prose, comics and TV. He's written Doctor Who for the BBC, Batman and Robin for DC and Wolverine for Marvel. His two Shadow Police urban fantasy novels, London Falling and The Severed Streets, will be joined by a third this year. 2015 will see a number of exciting new projects, many of them creator-owned.

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Orphan(0) : Paul Cornell (guest_id=1173) : categories=Comics;
 

Writer, editor, and color-artist Renee Witterstaetter is the author of Nick Cardy: The Aritst at War, Excess: The Art of Michael Golden, Tex: The Art or Mark Texeira, the children's book Kerry and the Scary Things, Dying for Action: The Life and Films of Jackie Chan, and Nick Cardy: Wit-Lash among many others.

Renee began the comic phase of her career working on such titles as Guardians of the Galaxy, Superman, Silver Surfer, Conan The Barbarian, The Punisher special projects, and Conan Saga, then going on to spearhead the reintroduction of She-Hulk, at Marvel as well, as part of that legendary run.

She then moved to Topps Comics where she was the editor on X-Files, Jurassic Park, Xena and Hercules and is the co-creator—with Jackie Chan and artist Michael Golden-- of the successful series, Spartan X which will be made into a trade paperback featuring new material in 2015.

She is also the colorist on hundreds of comics from The Avengers to Spider-man to Captain America to Jurassic Park, among many, many others. "I must have colored a thousand pages of comic books," she says.

Film work was a natural progression for Renee after this storytelling immersion in comics, and she has since worked on dozens of music videos for Madonna, Seal, Ben Harper and Usher, as well as the feature movies Rush Hour Two, Red Dragon , To ease the lose, and Swimming With The Virgin, among others.

In addition to on-going film work, she is the President of Little Eva Ink Publishing and Eva Ink Artist Group, which represents artists and writers in comics, storyboards, fine art painting and more (www.evainkartistgroup.com). Renee is also one of the producers of the Creator Chronicles DVD series with Woodcrest Productions, featuring interviews with major industry creators such as George Perez, Bill Sienkiewicz, Michael Golden, Joe Jusko, Matt Wagner, Joe Sinnott and many more.

Current projects also include new books Michael Golden, Dangerous Curves, Santa Confidential with Hagar the Horrible artist Chris Browne, Mark Texeira: Tempest, James O'Barr: Uncoffined, and the soon to be released James O'Barr: Tears in the Rain.

Renee will be available to autograph the thousands of comics she has worked on in her career, film DVD's and her newest books available at all the shows.

In her not so abundant free time, she lectures on storytelling, most recently in China and Russia, fishes, dances, travels and is also curating several major art exhibits featuring U.S. and European talent.

For more information on Renee Witterstaetter and her projects, contact: www.evainkpublishing.com.

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Orphan(0) : Renee Witterstaetter (guest_id=1177) : categories=Comics;
 
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