|Born||William Bryan DuBay
January 11, 1948
|Died||April 15, 2010(aged 62)|
|Area(s)||Writer, Artist, Editor|
William Bryan "Bill" DuBay (January 11, 1948 – April 15, 2010), whose work sometimes appeared under the pseudonyms Will Richardson and Dube, was an American, comic-book editor, writer and artist best known as editor and writer for Warren Publishing, including that company's horror-comics magazines Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella.
DuBay was the first of seven children born to Dorothy and Richard DuBay, the latest in a multigenerational family line of Lucases, Searses, and Spreckles in San Francisco, California. He became interested in comics after an uncle presented him with a gift of comic albums starring the Hergé character Tin-Tin. He began in the comic book field as a fan artist whose work included writing and drawing a backup feature in the fanzine Komix Illustrated in 1964, variously writing and drawing features in the fanzines Fantasy Heroes' Hangout and The Voice of Comicdom that same year, and drawing the preexisting superhero character Powerman in the fanzine Star-Studded Comics #9 (July 1966), a black-and-white, newsprint magazine published by Texas Trio. That latter story, "The Crimes of the Transmuter", by writer Dave Bibby, was reprinted in the 1997 Hamster Press book Fandom's Finest Comics.
DuBay's earliest credited comic-book works are two satiric humor stories: the four-page Blooperman story "Bound in the Badcave", written by Gary Friedrich and appearing in Charlton Comics' Go-Go #4 (Dec. 1966), and the four-page "Adult Super-Hero Daydreams", penciled by DuBay and written by himself and Roy Thomas in Not Brand Echh #13 (May 1969). In between, he published a piece of science fiction fan art in the "Creepy Fan Club" section of Warren Publishing's Creepy #12 (Dec. 1966).
DuBay returned to Warren as a professional with the story "Movie Dissector", written by R. Michael Rosen, in Creepy #32 (April 1970). Publisher James Warren recalled in a 1999 interview "the first time I saw him. I said, 'You are too young to work for this company, too young to work for anybody. You are a callow youth. You don't even shave yet. Let me see your work'. I took one look and said, 'You're hired'".
In short order, he began writing stories as well as drawing them, beginning with the four-page "Life Species" in Eerie #30 (Nov. 1970), and then segued out of art to be primarily a writer. He became editor of the Warren line eginning with Creepy #49 and Eerie #43 (both Nov. 1972) and Vampirella #21 (Dec. 1972).
DuBay, listed as managing editor until being formally credited as editor with the issues cover-dated September 1973, revamped the line by giving the magazines a graphic redesign, dropping fan-participation pages, instituting new features, and creating a unified look and feel. He also presided over the introduction of a stable of freelance artists from Spain, whose illustrative style provided an alternative to that of American comics artists. For a short time in mid-1974, former Warren editor Archie Goodin returned, a hire that had DuBay re-assigned to senior editor. When Goodwin departed to work for Marvel Comics, DuBay, beginning with issues cover-dated September 1974, was once more named Warren Publishing's editor.
He continued in that post until being succeeded by writer Louise Jones, initially credited as senior editor beginning with the May 1976 issues; DuBay remained as a freelance contributing editor. After four years, Jones, too, decamped for Marvel. DuBay, who had adopted the pseudonym Will Richardson in the Warren science-fiction anthology 1984 #11 (Feb. 1980), became editor for a third time, under that pen name, beginning with Creepy #117 and Vampirella #87 (both May 1980) and Eerie #111 (June 1980).
He was succeeded a year later by Chris Adames, who left after six months to work at Archie Comics. DuBay returned for his fourth run as editor, with Timothy Moriarty as managing editor. Moriarty in turn succeeded DuBay after four months, becoming Warren's final editor upon the company's folding in 1983.
Other Warren magazines DuBay edited included Comix International, 1984 (renamed 1994 with issue #11), The Rook, The Goblin, and The Spirit. The final Warren editor, Timothy Moriarty, in 2005 described DuBay as "a volatile guy. Very funny and creative, both on the writing and art ends. Sort of like Bruce Willis, physically and from the way he carried himself. I learned a ton from him, about comic storytelling, writing cover blurbs, composition. We got on well. But toward the end, he was writing, what, 60% of the stories in the comics, and [with] that one style dominating, I felt the comics were getting stale".
DuBay wrote and drew a story for a 1983 issue of the anthological comics magazine Heavy Metal, and then became editor of Archie Comics' short-lived 1980s superhero line, in which he helped revive the company's 1940s characters, including the Black Hood and the Comet. He then edited the three-issue Pacific Comics superhero anthology Bold Adventure (Nov. 1983 - June 1984), and wrote the features "Anaconda" and "The Weirdling".
As he described his 1980s career in a mid-2000s interview,
I was editing several titles for Western [Publishing] (Popeye, Turok, Yosemite Sam and others), working on a title for Pacific Comics that would keep a few of my old Warren artists busy (Bold Adventure) and had teamed with two partners to open a new magazine company (Ion International) with the intent of producing Videogaming Illustrated and Chocolatier magazines, a couple of monthly newsstand titles. Carmine Infantino and I were also collaborating on several new ideas for DC [Comics], as well — one a title that company later used without us, Preacher. ... All this while still running my art studio, The Cartoon Factory.
In 1984, DuBay began a career in animation. That year, he was hired by Stan Lee to help build the animation studio Marvel Productions. Later, he and Rook co-creator Budd Lewis formed Time Castle Books to publish collections and planned graphic novels starring their character.
In 2003, DuBay was among 58 former Warren freelancers and editors who protested to Robert Fisher, the court-appointed trustee overseeing Warren Communications' involuntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy, that original artwork purchased by Harris Comics was not Warren's to sell.
DuBay was married to Peggy Buckler, sister of noted comic-book artist Rich Buckler. His children are Crystal, Lisa, Bill, Daniel and Leina. Two months before his April 15, 2010 death in Portland, Oregon, DuBay married Venessa Hart.
- Social Security Death Index listing for DuBay, William Bryan, Social Security Number 550-66-3060
- "William Bryan DuBay". Crown Memorial Centers obituary. April 15, 2010. Archived from the original on July 7, 2011. Additional WebCitation archive.
- Bails, Jerry; Ware, Hames. "DuBay, Bill". "Who's Who of American Comic Books 1929-1999". Archived from the original on August 24, 2011.
- Janson, Tim. "The Rook: A Classic Returns", Mania.com, January 07, 2009 (DuBay interview). WebCitation archive.
- Go-Go #4 at the Grand Comics Database
- Bill DuBay credits at the Grand Comics Database
- Creepy #32 at the Grand Comics Database.
- The James Warren Interview, Comic Book Artist #4 (Winter 1999). WebCitation archive.
- Bill DuBay as editor at the Grand Comics Database.
- Timothy Moriarty interview (2005), "The Warren Magazines: Interviews". WebCitation archive.
- "Bill DuBay Interview", The Mighty Crusaders Network, n.d.; site created Sept. 18, 2003. Access date: September 22, 2010. WebCitation archive.
- Time Castle Books: About Us. WebCitation archive.
- Dean, Michael. "The Vampirella Wars: The Untold Story of James Warren's Custody Battle with Harris Comics" at the Wayback Machine (archived August 22, 2008) (excerpt), The Comics Journal #253, June 2003. Archive of original. WebCitation archive.
- Arndt, Richard J. (September 22, 2008). "The Warren Magazines". Archived from the original on March 14, 2012. Retrieved January 27, 2013. Additional Webcitation archive.
- Arndt, Richard J. (February 3, 2010). "The Warren Magazines: Interviews". Archived from the original on March 13, 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2010. Additional Webcitation archive.
- "A Spirited Relationship: Will Eisner discusses his experiences with Warren", Comic Book Artist #4 (Winter 1999). WebCitation archive.
- Bill DuBay (Will Richardson, Dube) at the Lambiek Comiclopedia. Archived October 18, 2011