Greg LaRocque

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Greg LaRocque
Born (1954-02-24) February 24, 1954 (age 60)
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 has 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 latest work is The Dreaming, also from Exiled Studio.

LaRocque's work among the independent companies include London Night Studio's, 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 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][8]

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. ^ 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