Alan Weiss (comics)

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Alan Weiss
A black-and-white photo of Weiss looking off-camera
Alan Weiss
Born Alan Lee Weiss
(1948-03-07) March 7, 1948 (age 68)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Penciller, Inker
Notable works
Warlock, Avengers, KISS, Captain America and Spider-Man
Spouse(s) Pauline Bigornia Weiss

Alan Weiss (born March 7, 1948 in Chicago Illinois)[1] is an American comic book artist and writer known for his work for DC Comics and Marvel Comics.


Alan Weiss began his comics career at DC Comics in 1971. Later that year, he began working for Marvel Comics as well where he drew Avengers, Captain America, Daredevil, Sub-Mariner and Spider-Man.[2][3]

Weiss recalled in a 2006 interview there was a "lost" Adam Warlock story, which if completed would have been reminiscent of the Jonathan Swift novel Gulliver's Travels.[4] Portions of it were printed in the second volume of Marvel Masterworks: Warlock. The remainder of the artwork was lost in a New York City taxicab in 1976.[5]

In 1977, Weiss was one of the artists on the first issue of Marvel Comics Super Special which featured the rock band Kiss in a 40-page fictional adventure written by Steve Gerber.[6][7] Kiss reappeared in an occult adventure in issue #5 (1978) which was written by Weiss. In April 1978, Weiss and writer E. Nelson Bridwell revamped the Captain Marvel character for DC with Weiss providing more realistic art for the series.[8] Dennis O'Neil and Weiss created the character Calypso in The Amazing Spider-Man #209 (Oct. 1980).[9]

Weiss created the Steelgrip Starkey and the All-Purpose Power Tool limited series for Marvel Comics' Epic Comics comics line in 1986 and War Dancer for Defiant Comics in 1994. Weiss has worked on DC Comics' alternate universe series Elseworlds, co-writing and pencilling the Batman graphic novel The Blue, the Grey and the Bat as well as Paradox Press' The Big Book Of series, doing many pages on a variety of historical topics. From 2002 to 2005, he contributed work to Tom Strong's Terrific Tales published by America's Best Comics.[2]

His work has appeared in the comic books The Human Drama, Big Apple Comix, Twilight Zone, Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery and Our Love Story; in Warren Publishing's black-and-white horror-comics magazines Creepy and Eerie; and the satirical magazines National Lampoon and Blast.[2]

Inker Joe Rubinstein called Weiss "the most difficult guy in the business to ink, without exception." He added that this also made him one of his favorite artists to ink, because Weiss's work was so intricate that he couldn't tell what the final art would look like until he had finished inking it.[10]


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  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 Alan Weiss at the Grand Comics Database
  3. ^ "Alan Weiss". Lambiek Comiclopedia. 2014. Archived from the original on October 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ Best, Daniel (2007). "The Legendary 'Lost' Warlock". Adelaide Comics and Books. Archived from the original on February 9, 2013. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ Manner, Jim (February 2011). "Whatever Happened to Warlock Number 16?". Back Issue! (TwoMorrows Publishing) (46): 8–12. 
  6. ^ Sanderson, Peter; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1970s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. Dorling Kindersley. p. 180. ISBN 978-0756641238. 
  7. ^ Lamar, Cyriaque (December 11, 2010). "KISS vs. Doctor Doom is the best and/or worst comic you'll read today". io9. Archived from the original on April 30, 2013. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1970s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 179. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. In April [1978]'s Shazam! #34 the World's Mightiest Mortal took on a new art style, more sophisticated storytelling, and Captain Nazi, thanks to writer E. Nelson Bridwell and artist Alan Weiss. 
  9. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2012). "1980s". Spider-Man Chronicle Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging. Dorling Kindersley. p. 115. ISBN 978-0756692360. [Dennis] O'Neil's third issue (with penciler Alan Weiss) introduced another new character – the mysterious Calypso. 
  10. ^ Henderson, Chris (July 1986). "Joe Rubinstein". Comics Interview (36) (Fictioneer Books). pp. 40–51. 

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