Greg LaRocque

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Greg LaRocque
Born (1954-02-24) February 24, 1954 (age 61)
Baltimore, Maryland
Nationality American
Area(s) Penciller
Notable works
The Avengers
The Flash
Legion of Super-Heroes
Power Man and Iron Fist.

Greg LaRocque (born February 24, 1954)[1] is an American comic book illustrator best know for his work on the Legion of Super-Heroes and The Flash.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, LaRocque worked as an assistant teacher at the Professional Institute of Art while still a teenager.[2] He started his art career in the advertising field.[3]

Comics career[edit]

Greg LaRocque began his comics career at DC Comics and his first published work was the story "That Which Conquers All" in Mystery in Space #115 (Jan. 1981). This was followed by a series of OMAC back-up stories in The Warlord #42-47 (Feb. 1981-July 1981). His first work for Marvel Comics appeared in Power Man and Iron Fist #73 (Sept. 1981).[4] He drew several issues of Marvel Team-Up including the last issue of the series.[5] He and writer Louise Simonson then launched a new Spider-Man title, Web of Spider-Man, in April 1985.[6] After returning to DC Comics, LaRocque became prominent for his work illustrating the Legion of Super-Heroes. He stated in a 2013 interview that "I decided to leave Marvel for personal reasons, and the first person I called was [editor] Karen Berger. She handed me the next available Legion script, and the day I handed in the work she offered me the book."[7] He drew The Flash with writer William Messner-Loebs from issue #15 (Aug. 1988) through #79 (Aug. 1993). A career highlight was redesigning the Flash's costume to its current incarnation.[3]

Exiled Studio released LaRocque's creator owned material in the three-issue mini-series The Exiled, followed by CryBaby, Exiled Studio's first color comic book. The CryBaby story arc was concluded in the 80-page graphic novel Extinction. LaRocque's The Dreaming graphic novel was published by Exiled Studio in 2009.[8]

LaRocque's work among the independent companies include London Night Studios, Peregrine Entertainment, Realm Press, Catfish Comics, and Avatar Press. In 2010 he helped launch the revival of Dave Cockrum's Futurians with a cover for David Miller Studio. LaRocque's fantasy art was exhibited at Gallery Provocateur in Chicago, Illinois[9] to coincide with his appearance at the 2010 Chicago ComicCon. He returned to DC Comics in 2011 to draw the DC Retroactive: The Flash - The '80s one-shot.[4][10]

LaRocque and his wife Rose have three children, a daughter, Charisse, and two sons, Justin and Ben LaRocque.[2]

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  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 Greg LaRocque on Myspace
  3. ^ a b "Greg LaRocque". Lambiek Comiclopedia. May 25, 2014. Archived from the original on October 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Greg LaRocque at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2012). "1980s". Spider-Man Chronicle Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging. Dorling Kindersley. p. 146. ISBN 978-0756692360. Spider-Man's classic team-up title came to an end in spectacular fashion in this Louise Simonson story illustrated by Greg LaRocque. 
  6. ^ Manning "1980s" in Gilbert (2012), p. 147: "Spider-Man swung into the pages of an all-new ongoing series in this first issue by writer Louise Simonson and penciler Greg LaRocque."
  7. ^ Schweier, Philip (October 2013). "Back to the Future: The Legion in the 1980s". Back Issue! (TwoMorrows Publishing) (68): 61. 
  8. ^ Lorah, Michael C. (December 26, 2008). "Stories From Exile: Checking in with Greg LaRocque". Newsarama. Archived from the original on September 24, 2013. 
  9. ^ "The Art of Greg LaRocque". Gallery Provocateur. August 2010. Archived from the original on December 22, 2014. 
  10. ^ Elias, Greg (June 27, 2011). "Interview: Greg LaRocque on DC Retroactive: The Flash – The '80s". Speedforce.org. Archived from the original on August 16, 2013. 

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Preceded by
Ron Frenz
Marvel Team-Up artist
1984–1985
Succeeded by
n/a
Preceded by
Steve Lightle
Legion of Super-Heroes artist
1985–1988
Succeeded by
Keith Giffen
Preceded by
Mike Collins
The Flash artist
1988–1993
Succeeded by
Mike Wieringo