Alex Saviuk

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Alex Saviuk
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Saviuk at the November 2008 Big Apple Convention in Manhattan.
Born (1952-08-17) August 17, 1952 (age 62)
Nationality American
Area(s) Penciller, Inker
Notable works
Web of Spider-Man

Alex Saviuk (born August 17, 1952)[1] is an American comic book artist primarily known for his work on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man.

Early life[edit]

Saviuk grew up on Long Island, New York, graduating from Floral Park Memorial High School in 1970.[2] He attended the School of Visual Arts, where he studied with (among others) Will Eisner,[3][4] graduating in 1974 with a degree in Illustration.[2] Saviuk also studied biology at Hofstra University and York College.[5]

Career[edit]

Saviuk's professional career began in 1977 at DC Comics, where he illustrated such titles as Green Lantern, The Flash and Superman.[6] Saviuk's first work for DC was a one-page story titled "The Victim!" in House of Mystery #255 (Nov.-Dec. 1977).[7] His first full work for the company, Green Lantern #100 (Jan. 1978), introduced an updated version of the Air Wave character.[8] Saviuk drew The Flash #275 (July 1979) wherein the title character's wife, Iris West Allen was killed.[9]

In the early 1980s, Saviuk was the regular backup feature artist on Action Comics, where he drew the exploits of Air Wave, Aquaman and the Atom in collaboration with writer Bob Rozakis. Rozakis stated in a 2014 interview that "I don't recall how we ended up with the three of them. It may have simply been that all three had names that began with 'A' and it was a backup in Action Comics".[10] Saviuk frequently drew the "Whatever Happened to...?" backup feature in DC Comics Presents.[11] He and writer E. Nelson Bridwell introduced the Global Guardians in DC Comics Presents #46 (June 1982).[12]

The Amazing Spider-Man Sunday strip from 2004. Pencils by Saviuk, inks by Joe Sinnott.

In 1986, Saviuk moved to Marvel Comics, where he eventually established himself as a key Spider-Man artist with a seven-year run on Web of Spider-Man (issues #35-116). In 1989, he drew the The Amazing Spider-Man: Parallel Lives graphic novel.[13] From 1994–1996, Saviuk worked on the series Spider-Man Adventures (later retitled The Adventures of Spider-Man).[14] Since 1997, Saviuk has drawn The Amazing Spider-Man Sunday newspaper comic strip,[14] written by Stan Lee; since 2003, he has inked the daily Spider-Man strip, pencilled by Lee's brother Larry Lieber, and pencilled the Sunday page of the same, inked by Joe Sinnott.[3]

In 1997–1998, he spent a one-year stint at Topps Comics drawing The X-Files until the end of its run.[14]

Some of the characters Saviuk has co-created include Arkiss Chummuck and Malet Dasim of the Green Lantern Corps (with Bob Toomey), Sunburst (with Paul Kupperberg), Olympian (with E. Nelson Bridwell), Tombstone (with Gerry Conway), and the New Enforcers (with Terry Kavanagh).

In addition to comics, Saviuk does storyboards for advertising agencies and, occasionally, film and animation studios.[14]

Saviuk lives in Florida,[2] with his wife[15] and their two children .[3]

Bibliography[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bullpen Bulletins," Marvel comics cover-dated August 1992: "'Where were you in June '62?' . . . [Saviuk]: 'I was nine years old'. . . ."
  2. ^ a b c "Alexander Saviuk". Plaxo. n.d. Retrieved May 17, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Amazing Spider-Man About the Cartoonist: Alex Saviuk". King Features. n.d. Archived from the original on June 5, 2010. Retrieved March 25, 2009. 
  4. ^ Best, Daniel (December 1, 2006). "Alex Saviuk Speaks". 20th Century Danny Boy. Archived from the original on January 25, 2012. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ Saviuk, Alex. "About". Facebook. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ Bails, Jerry (2006). "Saviuk, Alex". Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928-1999. Archived from the original on February 19, 2012. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ Alex Saviuk at the Grand Comics Database
  8. ^ McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1970s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 176. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "Writer Denny O'Neil and artist Alex Saviuk introduced Hal Jordan, Green Lantern, to another Hal Jordan, son of the elder Hal's late uncle Larry and successor to the mantle of Air Wave." 
  9. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 182: "Life for the Fastest Man Alive screeched to a halt after writer Cary Bates and artist Alex Saviuk played 'The Last Dance' for the Flash's wife, Iris West Allen."
  10. ^ Trumbull, John (October 2014). "Shrinking Roles and Shorter Features: The Atom in the Bronze Age". Back Issue! (TwoMorrows Publishing) (76): 27–28. 
  11. ^ Wells, John (May 2013). "Flashback: Whatever Happened to...?". Back Issue! (TwoMorrows Publishing) (64): 51–61. 
  12. ^ Manning, Matthew K. "1980s" in Dolan, p. 197: "The DCU's newest superhero team, the Global Guardians, was formed in this Superman tale by writer E. Nelson Bridwell and penciler Alex Saviuk."
  13. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2012). "1980s". Spider-Man Chronicle Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging. Dorling Kindersley. p. 176. ISBN 978-0756692360. "The lives of both Spider-Man and Mary Jane Watson were recounted in this graphic novel by writer [Gerry] Conway and penciler Alex Saviuk." 
  14. ^ a b c d Rozakis, Bob (2003). "It's BobRo, the Answer Man: Alex Saviuk, What's it Worth & More". Silver Bullet Comics. Archived from the original on April 25, 2010. Retrieved March 25, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Bullpen Bulletins," Marvel comics cover-dated December 1988.

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Preceded by
Mike Grell
Green Lantern artist
1978–1979
Succeeded by
Don Heck
Preceded by
John Calnan and Rich Buckler
The Flash artist
1979
Succeeded by
Don Heck
Preceded by
Alan Kupperberg
The Amazing Spider-Man artist
1987–1988
Succeeded by
Todd McFarlane
Preceded by
Sal Buscema
Web of Spider-Man artist
1988–1994
Succeeded by
Steven Butler
Preceded by
Charlie Adlard and
Gordon Purcell
The X-Files artist
1997–1998
Succeeded by
n/a