Alan Kupperberg

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Alan Kupperberg
Alan Kupperberg at the 2008 Big Apple Comic Convention.
Born May 18
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Penciller
Notable works
Obnoxio the Clown
The Invaders
Blue Devil

Alan Kupperberg (born May 18)[1] is an American comic artist known for working in both comic books and newspaper strips.

Early life[edit]

Alan Kupperberg graduated from the High School of Art and Design in 1971.[2]


The cover of Kupperberg's Evil Clown Comics #4.

Kupperberg began writing and drawing for Marvel Comics in 1974, mostly doing fill-ins and one-shots. Eventually, he had runs on team books like The Invaders and The Defenders; and drew a number of issues of What If.

Occasionally working as a writer, Kupperberg created the 1983 one-shot comic Obnoxio the Clown vs. The X-Men as a one-man band, handling everything from writing and illustrating to lettering. In 1987, Kupperberg worked on both Spectacular Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man. From 1988–1991, Kupperberg drew Spider-Ham back-up stories in Marvel Tales.

He also worked for Marvel Custom Comics, for clients such as Campbell Soup Company, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Sylvan Learning Center, and The Dallas Times Herald.

From the mid-1980s into the early 1990s, Kupperberg illustrated such DC Comics titles as Justice League of America, Warlord, The Fury of Firestorm, DC Comics Presents, COPS, Dragonlance, and Blue Devil.

In 1978 Kupperberg and writer Marv Wolfman took over the Howard the Duck weekly newspaper strip with; Kupperberg also worked on the short-lived The Incredible Hulk strip[3] and Little Orphan Annie.

Kupperberg has done illustrations for Archie Comics, National Lampoon, Cracked magazine, Spy, and McClannahan Books.

Outside of comics[edit]

Kupperberg worked on script development and character design for Sullivan Bluth Studios' 1994 animated feature Thumbelina. From 1994, he worked with Nickelodeon/Viacom on the Tom Terrific animated project.

He has also done design work and scripting for numerous advertising and production agencies. His autobiographical strips have appeared in Comic Art and in the Streetwise book.

Personal life[edit]

Kupperberg's brother, Paul Kupperberg, also works in the comic book field as a writer, editor and executive, primarily at DC Comics.


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ Alan Kupperberg at the Lambiek Comiclopedia. Accessed Apr. 4, 2009.
  3. ^ Cassell, Dewey (February 2014). "Smashing into Syndication: The Incredible Hulk Newspaper Strip". Back Issue! (TwoMorrows Publishing) (70): 37–40. 


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Preceded by
Frank Robbins
The Invaders artist
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Tod Smith
Blue Devil artist
Succeeded by
Dan Jurgens
Preceded by
Ron Frenz
The Amazing Spider-Man artist
Succeeded by
Alex Saviuk