Alan Kupperberg

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Alan Kupperberg
Alan Kupperberg at the Big Apple Comic Con in Manhattan, June 8, 2008
BornMay 18, 1953
New York City, New York, United States
DiedJuly 16, 2015(2015-07-16) (aged 62)
Rancho Mirage, California, United States
Area(s)Writer, Penciller
Notable works
Obnoxio the Clown
The Invaders
Blue Devil

Alan Kupperberg (May 18, 1953 – July 16, 2015) was an American comics artist known for working in both comic books and newspaper strips.

Early life[edit]

Alan Kupperberg was born on May 18, 1953[1] in New York City. He graduated from the High School of Art and Design in 1971.[2]


Alan Kupperberg entered the comics industry by working at Neal Adams' Continuity Associates[3] and was a member of the Crusty Bunkers.[4] He began writing and drawing for Marvel Comics in 1974,[5] mostly doing fill-ins and one-shots. He later worked on team books such as The Invaders[6] and The Defenders and drew several issues of What If.[7]

Occasionally working as a writer, Kupperberg created the 1983 one-shot comic Obnoxio the Clown vs. the X-Men, and handled everything from writing and illustrating to lettering.[8] In 1987, Kupperberg worked on both The Spectacular Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man. His work on those titles included The Amazing Spider-Man #289 (June 1987) which featured the Jack O'Lantern (Jason Macendale) becoming the new Hobgoblin[9] as well as The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #7 (1987) which depicted the honeymoon of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson.[10] From 1988–1991, Kupperberg drew Spider-Ham back-up stories in Marvel Tales.[5]

For Marvel Custom Comics, he provided art for clients such as Campbell Soup Company, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Sylvan Learning Center, and The Dallas Times Herald.[2]

In 1978, Kupperberg and writer Marv Wolfman took over the Howard the Duck weekly newspaper strip. Kupperberg also worked on the short-lived The Incredible Hulk strip[11] and Little Orphan Annie.[2]

From the mid-1980s into the early 1990s, Kupperberg illustrated such DC Comics titles as Justice League of America, The Warlord, The Fury of Firestorm, DC Comics Presents, COPS, Dragonlance, and Blue Devil.[5][12]

Kupperberg drew illustrations for Archie Comics,[5] National Lampoon, Cracked magazine, Spy, and McClannahan Books.[2]

Outside of comics[edit]

Kupperberg worked on script development and character design for Sullivan Bluth Studios' 1994 animated feature Thumbelina. From 1994, he worked with Nickelodeon/Viacom on the Tom Terrific animated project.[2]

He also did design work and scripting for numerous advertising and production agencies. His autobiographical strips appeared in Comic Art and in the Streetwise book.

Personal life[edit]

Kupperberg's brother, Paul Kupperberg, also works in the comic book field as a writer, editor and executive, primarily at DC Comics.

Alan Kupperberg died of thymus cancer on July 16, 2015.[13]


Archie Comics[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Defiant Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Alan Kupperberg". Lambiek Comiclopedia. May 29, 2009. Archived from the original on October 19, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2009.
  3. ^ Stroud, Bryan D. (February 14, 2011). "Alan Kupperberg Interview". The Silver Age Sage. Archived from the original on September 1, 2012.
  4. ^ Bails, Jerry. Crusty Bunkers. Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928-1999. Archived from the original on May 11, 2007. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d Alan Kupperberg at the Grand Comics Database
  6. ^ Best, Daniel (December 24, 2006). "The Invaders: Alan Kupperberg Looks Back". 20th Century Danny Boy. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012.
  7. ^ Best, Daniel (May 26, 2007). "Alan Kupperberg Looks Back: What If?". 20th Century Danny Boy. Archived from the original on March 20, 2012.
  8. ^ Arnold, Mark (September 2016). "Obnoxio the Clown". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (91): 68–71.
  9. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2012). "1980s". Spider-Man Chronicle Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 162. ISBN 978-0756692360. Written by Peter David and penciled by Alan Kupperberg and Tom Morgan...Jack O'Lantern took on the Hobgoblin's mantle.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  10. ^ Manning "1980s" in Gilbert (2012), p. 165: "In this special by writer James Owsley, layout artist Alan Kupperberg, and finishing artists Jim Fern and Al Milgrom, Spider-Man set out to make his fortune when Thomas Fireheart, the Puma, visited him at the Parkers' honeymoon destination."
  11. ^ Cassell, Dewey (February 2014). "Smashing into Syndication: The Incredible Hulk Newspaper Strip". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (70): 37–40.
  12. ^ Best, Daniel (November 3, 2006). "Blue Devil: Alan Kupperberg Looks Back". 20th Century Danny Boy. Archived from the original on February 6, 2012.
  13. ^ Johnston, Rich (July 17, 2015). "Alan Kupperberg Dies, Aged 62". Bleeding Cool. Archived from the original on August 10, 2015. Alan Kupperberg died last night from thymus cancer...

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The Invaders artist
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Thor artist
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Justice League of America artist
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Tod Smith
Blue Devil artist
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The Amazing Spider-Man artist
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