Biography

Pablo Marcos Ortega

biography pablomarcosPablo Marcos is a comic book artist, and is best known as one of his home country's leading cartoonists and for his work on popular American comic characters such as Batman and Conan the Barbarian, particularly during the 1970's.

His signature character was Marvel Comics' the Zombie, for which Marcos drew all but one story in the black-and-white horror-comics magazine Tales of the Zombie (1973–75).
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Marcos moved to New Jersey in the U.S. in the 1970's. Warren Publishing art director Billy Graham assigned him his first American-comics work, penciling and inking the six-page story "The Water World", by writer Buddy Sounders, in Warren's black-and-white horror-comics magazine Creepy #39 (May 1971). After another Creepy story and one in companion magazine Eerie that year, Marcos drew comics exclusively for rival Skywald Publications' Nightmare and Psycho from May 1972 to May 1973 cover-dates. Skywald co-founder Sol Brodsky introduced Marcos to fellow Peruvian artist Boris Vallejo, who became a mentor of his.

When Brodsky, who had been Marvel Comics' production manager, left Skywald to return to Marvel, he brought Marcos along as an artist and later on as his staff assistant for roughly two months. Marcos began drawing covers for Marvel UK titles featuring such characters and features as Captain Britain, "Planet of the Apes", and Dracula. Marcos' naturalistic, "illustrative" style, became a mainstay of Marvel's black-and-white horror-comics magazines Dracula Lives, Monsters Unleashed, Tales of the Zombie, Vampire Tales and others, and the exposure afforded by industry leader Marvel made Marcos a popular artist of the 1970s.

His first color-comics work in the U.S. was the cover of Marvel's Giant-Size Dracula #2 (Sept. 1974). Marcos' color-comics interior-art debut came with publisher Martin Goodman's short-lived Atlas/Seaboard Comics, illustrating the sword-and-sorcery title Iron Jaw #3 (May 1975). He went on to draw the following issue, plus the Iron Jaw story in Barbarians #1 and the cover of The Brute #3 (both July 1975) before the company folded.

Next Marcos freelanced for DC Comics, drawing Man-Bat stories on Detective Comics, and working on one or two issues of several series, including Freedom Fighters, Kamandi, Kobra, Secret Society of Super-Villains, and Teen Titans before returning to Marvel to do art for issues of The Avengers, The Mighty Thor and other comics. In 1980, Marcos additionally freelanced for an Italian comic-book series, Tremila Dollari per Ebenezer Cross Western Story, for Lanciostory, Italy and Dragon for Mexican Publishing Ejea.
By early 1980's, Marcos was at work at what would become one of his signature characters, inking penciler John Buscema on Conan the Barbarian comic books, the black-and-white magazine The Savage Sword of Conan, and the newspaper comic strip. In September 1985, however, Marcos reduced his workload in order to attend to his severely ill wife, a patient at New York University Medical Center, who died on November 6, 1985, age 42. Unable to concentrate on penciling, Marcos solely inked for some time afterward. He married artist Myriam Giraldo on Dec. 10, 1988 in New Jersey.

The following year, Marcos created the character Suko the Eternal Samurai, a Japanese time-traveler, but the concept could not be sold. He then illustrated a long run of DC's TV tie-in series Star Trek: The Next Generation through the early 1990's, and again from 1993–1994, the year he and his wife moved to Mexico City, where they opened the comic-book store "Dynamic Comics". Later on he drew and painted his own 14-page story "Om", which was scripted by Ron Fortier from a Marcos plot, on Quantum Cat Entertainment's Frank Frazetta Fantasy Illustrated #7 (July 1999).

In the 1990's and 2000's, the Pablo Marcos Studio illustrated many books in Waldman Publishing's Great Illustrated Classics series of young-adult adaptations of novels such as Gulliver's Travels, The Invisible Man, Jane Eyre, The Jungle Book, King Solomon's Mines, A Little Princess, Dracula, Frankenstein, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Moby Dick, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, The Last of the Mohicans and The Three Musketeers. His studio similarly illustrated Baronet's "Heroes of America: Illustrated Lives" series, including Clara Barton and the American Red Cross and Babe Ruth. Also in 1999, he drew for Soccer Jr. Magazine, Heavy Metal Magazine with his own character Norka. In the same year, he began drawing for Crossgen Comics and Dynamite Entertainment in the series Red Sonja, Army of Darkness and Savage Tales up to present. He also draws for Sports Illustrated, Kids magazine in the series"Legends". In 2010 Pablo illustrated the first issue "Spider" for Moonstone, and in 2011 he drew the new series MACHU PICCHU, the Eternal Energy. In November 2011 and early 2012, he drew the series KING SOLOMON'S Mines —a 48-page hand painting for Sequential Comics Pulps/Dark Horse— and started to produce his own creation —RAMSES, the Hawk.

In 2013 Pablo signed a 5-year contract with Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. to do one page of TARZAN OF THE APES and THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT. Both of them are digital series (See: http://www.edgarriceburroughs.com/comics/).

At the end of 2014, he did the cover and 10 interior pages of Red Sonja issue #100 for Dynamite Entertainment.

View a chronological listing of Pablo Marcos art

Writer:

  • Frank Frazetta Fantasy Illustrated (1998)
  • The Jack Kirby Collector (1994)

Penciller:

  • 100% Cult Comics - Red Sonja (2008)
  • The 3-Minute Sketchbook (2007)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
  • Army of Darkness (2009)
  • Army of Darkness Omnibus (2010)
  • The Art of Red Sonja (2011)
  • Back Issue (2003)
  • Barbarians (1975)
  • Batman (1940)
  • The Batman Family (1975)
  • Captain Atom (1987)
  • Captain Britain (2011)
  • Castle of Horror (1978)
  • Conan the Barbarian (1970)
  • The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
  • Detective Comics (1937)
  • Devilina (1975)
  • Dracula Lives (1973)
  • Eerie (1965)
  • The Essential Batman Encyclopedia (2008)
  • Essential Defenders (2005)
  • Essential Marvel Horror (2006)
  • Essential Marvel Two-In-One (2005)
  • Essential Spider-Man (1996)
  • Essential Tales of the Zombie (2006)
  • Essential The Tomb of Dracula (2003)
  • Essential Thor (2001)

 

  • Fantastic Four (1961)
  • Frank Frazetta Fantasy Illustrated (1998)
  • Freedom Fighters (1976)
  • Haunt of Horror (1974)
  • History of the Marvel Universe (2012)
  • Ironjaw (1975)
  • Kamandi, The Last Boy On Earth (1972)
  • Kobra (1976)
  • Kobra: Resurrection (2010)
  • Man-Bat (1975)
  • Manhunter (1988)
  • Marvel Monsters Poster Book (2008)
  • Marvel Two-In-One (1974)
  • Masters of Terror (1975)
  • Monsters Unleashed (1973)
  • Nuevos Titanes (1984)
  • Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
  • Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Mystic Arcana - The Book of Marvel Magic (2007)
  • Psycho (1971)
  • Red Sonja (2005)
  • Red Sonja (2008)
  • Red Sonja (2013)
  • Red Sonja Omnibus (2010)
  • Red Sonja: Monster Isle (2006)
  • The Savage Sword Of Conan (1974)

  • The Savage Sword of Conan (2007)
  • The Savage Sword of Kull (2010)
  • Savage Tales (2007)
  • Secret Society of Super-Villains (1976)
  • Spider-Man Comics Weekly (UK) (1973)
  • The Spider (2011)
  • Spiral Zone (1988)
  • Star Spangled War Stories (1952)
  • Star Trek Classics (2011)
  • Star Trek: The Modala Imperative (1991)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (1988)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (1989)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation [FIN] (1990)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Modala Imperative (1991)
  • Super Spider-Man and Captain Britain (1977)
  • Tales of the Zombie (1973)
  • Teen Titans (1966)
  • Thor (1966)
  • The Uncanny Dave Cockrum... A Tribute (2004)
  • Vampire Tales (1973)
  • Vampirella (1969)
  • Vampirella Silver Anniversary Collection (1997)
  • The Warlord (1976)
  • What If? (1977)
  • Wonder Woman (1942)
  • World's Finest Comics (1941)

 

Inker:

  • All-Star Squadron (1981)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man (2004)
  • Amazing World of DC Comics (1974)
  • Amethyst (1985)
  • Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld (1983)
  • Army of Darkness (2009)
  • Astonishing Tales (1970)
  • Avengers Assemble: An Oral History of Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2012)
  • Avengers Epic Collection (2013)
  • The Avengers United (2001)
  • Avengers Visionaries: George Pérez (1999)
  • Avengers vs. Thanos (2013)
  • The Avengers (1963)
  • Avengers: The Contest (2010)
  • The Avengers: Ultron Unleashed (1999)
  • Azrael (1995)
  • Backpack Marvels: Spider-Man (2000)
  • Barbarians (1975)
  • Batman (1940)
  • Batman and the Outsiders (1983)
  • Batman Poche (1976)
  • Batman y los Outsiders (1986)
  • Battlestar Galactica (1979)
  • Blockbuster (1981)
  • Blue Beetle (1986)
  • Blue Devil (1984)
  • The Brave and the Bold (1991)
  • The Brute (1975)
  • The Brute (1976)
  • Capitaine America (1970)
  • Captain America (1968)
  • Captain America & the Korvac Saga (2011)
  • Captain Britain (1976)
  • Captain Britain (2011)
  • Captain Marvel (1968)
  • Castle of Horror (1978)
  • Checkmate (1988)
  • The Chronicles of Conan (2003)
  • Conan Le Barbare (1972)
  • Conan the Barbarian (1970)
  • COPS (1988)
  • Cosmic Boy (1986)
  • Countdown Special: OMAC (2008)
  • Crossgen Chronicles (2000)
  • Crux (2001)
  • DC Comics Presents (1978)
  • DC Sampler (1983)
  • Deathlok the Demolisher (2014)
  • The Defenders (1972)
  • Der Unglaubliche Hulk Comic-Taschenbuch (1980)
  • Detective Comics (1937)
  • Devilina (1975)
  • Die Fantastischen Vier Comic-Album (1979)
  • Die Fantastischen Vier Comic-Taschenbuch (1979)
  • Die Rächer (1979)
  • Die Spinne (1980)
  • Die Spinne Comic-Album (1979)
  • Die Spinne Comic-Taschenbuch (1979)
  • Die Spinne Zweitauflage (1987)
  • Doctor Strange (1974)
  • Doom Patrol (1987)
  • Dracula Lives (1973)
  • Eerie (1965)
  • Electric Warrior (1986)
  • Essential Avengers (2000)
  • Essential Captain America (2000)
  • Essential Captain Marvel (2008)
  • Essential Doctor Strange (2001)
  • Essential Fantastic Four (2001)
  • Essential Marvel Horror (2006)
  • Essential Marvel Team-Up (2002)
  • Essential Marvel Two-In-One (2005)
  • Essential Moon Knight (2006)

 

  • Essential Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man (2005)
  • Essential Spider-Man (1996)
  • Essential Spider-Woman (2005)
  • Essential Super-Villain Team-Up (2004)
  • Essential Thor (2001)
  • Fantastic Four (1961)
  • Fantastic Four (1968)
  • Fantastic Four By John Byrne Omnibus (2011)
  • Fantastic Four Visionaries: George Perez (2005)
  • Fantastic Four Visionaries: John Byrne (2001)
  • The Fly (1991)
  • Focus (1987)
  • Focus On George Perez (1985)
  • The Fury of Firestorm (1982)
  • Ghost Rider (1973)
  • Green Arrow (1988)
  • Green Lantern (1960)
  • Green Lantern (1990)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: The Power of Starhawk (2009)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Tomorrow's Avengers (2013)
  • Hämähäkkimies / Spider-Man (1980)
  • Haunt of Horror (1974)
  • Hex (1985)
  • House of Mystery (1951)
  • Hulk Visionaries: Peter David (2005)
  • The Huntress (1989)
  • The Incredible Hulk Megazine (1996)
  • The Incredible Hulk (1968)
  • Infinity Inc. (1984)
  • Invasion (1988)
  • The Invincible Iron Man DVD-ROM (2007)
  • Iron Man (1968)
  • Ironjaw (1975)
  • The Jaguar (1991)
  • Jungle Action (1972)
  • Justice League Europe (1989)
  • Justice League International (1987)
  • Justice League International (2008)
  • Justice League of America (1960)
  • Justice League Quarterly (1990)
  • Kobra (1976)
  • Kobra: Resurrection (2010)
  • Kull and the Barbarians (1975)
  • Lady Death: A Medieval Tale (2003)
  • Legends (1986)
  • Legion of Monsters (1975)
  • Legion of Monsters (2007)
  • Leonard Nimoy's Primortals (1996)
  • The Life and Death of Captain Marvel (2002)
  • The Life of Captain Marvel (1985)
  • Manhunter (1988)
  • Marvel Comic-Stars (1981)
  • Marvel Comics Illustrated/Marvel Illustrated Books (1970)
  • Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
  • Marvel Presents (1975)
  • Marvel Preview (1975)
  • Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions (1982)
  • Marvel Super-Heroes (1979)
  • Marvel Tales (1964)
  • Marvel Team-Up (1972)
  • Marvel Two-In-One (1974)
  • MASK: Secret of the Temple (1985)
  • Master of Kung Fu (1974)
  • Masters of Terror (1975)
  • Mister Miracle (1989)
  • Monsters Unleashed (1973)
  • Moon Knight Epic Collection (2014)
  • Mystic (2000)
  • The New Guardians (1988)
  • The New Teen Titans Omnibus (2011)
  • The New Teen Titans (1980)
  • The New Teen Titans (1984)
  • Nightmask (1986)
  • Nuevos Titanes (1984)

  • The Omega Men (1983)
  • Omega the Unknown (1976)
  • Omega the Unknown Classic (2005)
  • Peacemaker (1988)
  • Power Lords (1983)
  • Psycho (1971)
  • The Rampaging Hulk (1977)
  • Red Sonja (2005)
  • Red Sonja (2013)
  • Red Sonja: Monster Isle (2006)
  • Ruse (2001)
  • The Saga of Solomon Kane (2009)
  • The Savage Sword Of Conan (1974)
  • The Savage Sword of Conan (2007)
  • The Savage Sword of Kull (2010)
  • Savage Tales (1971)
  • Savage Tales (2007)
  • Scarlett (1993)
  • Secret Origins (1986)
  • Shade, the Changing Man (1990)
  • Showcase Presents Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld (2012)
  • Showcase Presents: Blue Beetle (2015)
  • Showcase Presents: DC Comics Presents - Superman Team-Ups (2009)
  • Silken Ghost (2003)
  • Skull The Slayer (1975)
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
  • Spider-Man by Roger Stern Omnibus (2014)
  • Spider-Man Family (2007)
  • The Spider (2011)
  • Star Brand (1986)
  • Star Trek (1984)
  • Star Trek (1989)
  • Star Trek Archives (2008)
  • Star Trek: The Modala Imperative (1991)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (1989)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation - Ill Wind (1995)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation [FIN] (1990)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Modala Imperative (1991)
  • Star Wars Omnibus (2006)
  • Star Wars Weekly (UK) (1978)
  • Suicide Squad (1987)
  • Super Powers (1984)
  • Super Powers (1986)
  • Super Spider-Man and Captain Britain (1977)
  • Super-Villain Team-Up (1975)
  • Super-Villains Unite: The Complete Super-Villain Team-Up (2015)
  • Superman (1939)
  • Superman (1982)
  • Superman Special (1983)
  • Superman Taschenbuch (1976)
  • Superman vs. Zod (2013)
  • Tales of the New Teen Titans (1982)
  • Tales of the Teen Titans (1984)
  • Tales of the Zombie (1973)
  • Tarzan (1977)
  • Teen Titans Spotlight (1986)
  • Teen Titans: A Celebration of 50 Years (2014)
  • Thor (1966)
  • Thor Epic Collection (2013)
  • Unknown Soldier (1977)
  • Vampire Tales (1973)
  • Vampirella (1969)
  • Vampirella Silver Anniversary Collection (1997)
  • Vigilante (1983)
  • War of the Gods (1991)
  • The Warlord (1976)
  • What If? (1977)
  • Who's Who in Star Trek (1987)
  • Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
  • Who's Who: Update '88 (1988)
  • Wonder Woman (1942)
  • Wonder Woman (1987)
  • World's Finest Comics (1941)
  • Wrath of the Spectre (1988)

 

Letterer:

  • Marvel Premiere (1972)
  • Weird War Tales (1971)

Cover Artist:

  • All-Star Squadron (1981)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
  • Army of Darkness (2006)
  • The Avengers (1963)
  • Batman [FIN] (1987)
  • Batman Album (1989)
  • Blackhawk (1957)
  • The Brute (1975)
  • Captain Britain (1976)
  • The Chronicles of Kull (2009)
  • Classic Red Sonja Re-Mastered (2010)
  • Conan der Barbar (1979)
  • Conan Le Barbare (1972)
  • Conan the Barbarian (1970)
  • COPS (1988)
  • Crux (2001)
  • The Defenders (1972)
  • Detective Comics (1937)
  • Die Fantastischen Vier Comic-Taschenbuch (1979)
  • Die Spinne (1980)

 

  • Die Spinne Zweitauflage (1987)
  • Dracula Lives (1974)
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars: Warlord of Mars (2011)
  • Giant-Size Dracula (1974)
  • The Invincible Iron Man DVD-ROM (2007)
  • Iron Fist (1975)
  • Iron Man (1968)
  • Ironjaw (1975)
  • John Carter Warlord of Mars (1977)
  • Jonah Hex (1977)
  • Justice League International (1987)
  • Kid Colt Outlaw (1948)
  • Kull The Destroyer (1973)
  • Man from Atlantis (1978)
  • Marvel Classics Comics Series Featuring... (1976)
  • Marvel Two-In-One (1974)
  • The Mighty World of Marvel (UK) (Vol. 1) (1972)
  • The New Guardians (1988)
  • Power Man (1974)
  • Psycho (1971)

  • Red Sonja (2005)
  • Red Sonja (2013)
  • Red Sonja: Monster Isle (2006)
  • The Savage Sword Of Conan (1974)
  • Savage Tales (1971)
  • Savage Tales (2007)
  • Scarlett (1993)
  • Secret Origins (1986)
  • Star Trek (1984)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (1988)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation [FIN] (1990)
  • Super Powers (1986)
  • Super Spider-Man and Captain Britain (1977)
  • Tarzan (1977)
  • Tomb of Darkness (1974)
  • Vampire Tales (1973)
  • The Warlord (1976)
  • Werewolf by Night (1972)
  • What If? (1977)
  • Who's Who: Update '87 (1987)