Paul Castiglia

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Paul Castiglia
Born 7 February 1966
Passaic, NJ, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Editor, Writer

Paul Castiglia (born 7 February 1966 in Passaic, New Jersey) is a comic book writer and editor who has worked for Archie Comics and has done work on Sonic the Hedgehog and Archie's Weird Mysteries.[1][2] He edited the Archie Americana Series.[3] Other than comic book editing and writing, Castiglia has also written and recorded music under the name Paul Cast.

Work[edit]

He has been editor and writer on comic books including Archie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures and Sonic The Hedgehog. He wrote or co-wrote all 34 issues of Archie's Weird Mysteries/Archie's Mysteries and wrote stories for several issue of The New Little Archie Digest Comics Magazine.

Over a span of 20 years, Castiglia had an editorial hand (billed variously as "Americana Series Editor", "Assistant Editor", and "Compilation Editor") in all 12 volumes of the Archie American Series including the upcoming, final volume Best of the Nineties Book 2.

He's also been active in charity work as the "Creator Coordinator" for Superheroes For Hospice, a charity that puts on comic book shows and mini comic conventions with the proceeds going toward the St. Barnabas Hospice in Livingston, NJ.

Comic books[edit]

As recounted in his introduction to The Love Showdown Collection ("A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to San Diego"), Castiglia conceived the idea of a storyline that would have Archie choose between Betty and Veronica "once and for all" as well as the denouement of the story in which Castiglia suggested the company revive Cheryl Blossom as the "wild card" character that Archie actually ends up with at story's end. The story, which ran in 1994 across four different Archie published comic book titles, was called "The Love Showdown". Castiglia promoted the storyline to mass media news outlets resulting in world-wide coverage. This made the "Love Showdown" the most notable and talked-about Archie Comics story of the 1990s. The company would not achieve the same level of publicity again until 14 years later with the "Archie Marries..." storyline created by Michael Uslan. [4]

Books[edit]

Castiglia has written non-fiction text articles for magazines and books on pop culture, including a chapter in Midnight Marquee Actors Studios: Vincent Price. He has announced an upcoming book, Scared Silly: Classic Hollywood Horror-Comedies, that will include a foreword by actor Daniel Roebuck. He also wrote the pilot for FriendFish, an animated DVD series in development from JMG Studios, and has written an unpublished children's book based on the cartoon.

Musical projects[edit]

Under the stage name of "Paul Cast" Castiglia is a published songwriter with two songs, "Cuttin' Loose" and "How Does Your Heart Feel" published by Scott Lea Productions. "Cuttin' Loose" was released as a 12-inch single by Scamp Records. "How Does Your Heart Feel?" appeared on What Exit?, a compilation of New Jersey recording artists.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grand Comics Database. "Paul Castiglia". Grand Comics Database. Retrieved 18 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Results for "Paul Castiglia"". Worldcat. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Archie Americana Series Best Of The Fifties (Archie Americana Series)" (in English(US)). www.librarything.com. Retrieved 18 April 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Paul Castiglia". Comic Book Database. Retrieved 18 April 2010. 

External links[edit]

Paul Castiglia at the Internet Movie Database