Don Perlin

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Don David Perlin
Don Perlin at the 2001 Rueben Awards in Boca Raton, Florida
Born Donald David Perlin[citation needed]
(1929-08-27) August 27, 1929 (age 85) age 84
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Penciller, Inker, Editor
Notable works
Werewolf by Night
The Defenders
Ghost Rider
Awards National Cartoonists Society Comic Books Award, 1997

Don Perlin (born August 27, 1929)[1] is an American comic book artist and occasional writer best known for Marvel Comics' Werewolf by Night, The Defenders, and Ghost Rider. In the 1990s, he worked for Valiant Comics, both as artist and editor.


At 14, Perlin began studying art under Burne Hogarth, who taught small private classes prior to co-founding the Cartoonists and Illustrators School. In 1951, Perlin was a penciller on Will Eisner's The Spirit. Perlin was drafted in 1953 and served in the United States Army.[2]

Perlin did artwork for Harvey Comics' war and horror titles in the 1950s. The artist drew one title for Gilberton's Classics Illustrated series, No. 162, Robur the Conqueror, an adaptation of a Jules Verne novel about a power-mad genius and his "flying apparatus."[3] The comic book was published in May 1961, the first of three printings.[4]

In 1974 he began a long association with Marvel, where he was a full-time penciler until 1987. Perlin and writer Roger McKenzie developed the idea of Captain America running for the office of President of the United States.[5] Marvel originally rejected the idea but it would be used later by Roger Stern and John Byrne[6] in Captain America #250 (October 1980).[7] McKenzie and Perlin received credit for the idea on the letters page at Stern's insistence.[8] McKenzie and Perlin would also receive credit in the follow-up story in What If? #26 (April 1981).[9] From 1980–1986, Perlin was the regular (and longest-serving) artist on Defenders. In addition to his work on The Defenders, Werewolf by Night, and Ghost Rider, Perlin penciled Transformers for two years. Perlin's Werewolf run introduced the character Moon Knight, who he co-created with writer Doug Moench. In the late 1980s Perlin became a managing art director at Marvel, overseeing younger artists.[2]

Perlin left the Marvel managing art direction position in 1991 to became a major part of Jim Shooter's Valiant Comics team. Besides penciling the popular series Solar, Man of the Atom and Bloodshot, Perlin also edited (among others) titles like Shadowman, Magnus Robot Fighter, and Solar. Shortly after Valiant's mid-1990s takeover by Acclaim Entertainment, Perlin went into semi-retirement.[2]


Perlin won the 1997 National Cartoonists Society Comic Books Award.


  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. ^ a b c "Don Perlin". (interview) Adelaide Comics and Books. 2003. Archived from the original on June 17, 2011. Retrieved March 11, 2009. 
  3. ^ Jones, William B., Jr. (2002). Classics Illustrated: A Cultural History, with Illustrations. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. p. 161. 
  4. ^ Jones, p. 225.
  5. ^ Brady, Matt (November 28, 2002). "Looking Back: Stern & Byrne's Captain America". Archived from the original on January 2, 2009. 
  6. ^ Cronin, Brian (May 10, 2010). "The Greatest Roger Stern Stories Ever Told!". Archived from the original on October 8, 2011. 
  7. ^ Captain America #250 at the Grand Comics Database
  8. ^ Khoury, George. "The Roger Stern Interview: The Triumphs and Trials of the Writer". Marvel Masterworks Resource Page. Archived from the original on February 20, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2012. I made sure that 1) Roger McK. and Don knew about it, and 2) they were credited with the idea on the letters page. 
  9. ^ What If? #26 at the Grand Comics Database


  • Interview in Comic Book Artist #13 (May 2001)

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Preceded by
Mike Ploog
Werewolf by Night artist
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Preceded by
Don Heck
Ghost Rider artist
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Alan Kupperberg
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Mike Esposito and
John Tartaglione
Captain America inker
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Pablo Marcos
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Herb Trimpe
Defenders artist
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Herb Trimpe
Transformers artist
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José Delbo
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Solar, Man of the Atom artist
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Steve Ditko
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Bloodshot artist
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Mike Vosburg