|Claus & Simon
Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters
In college, Daniel Acuña studied painting and graduated with a degree in Fine Arts. He cites his early influences as Jack Kirby, the Romitas (Senior and Junior), Will Eisner, Simon Bisley, Kevin Nowlan, Hal Foster, and his favorite, Richard Corben, along with fine artists such as Edward Hopper, and Alfons Mucha, as well as illustrator Drew Struzan.
His first published work was a 22-page black and white project, Claus & Simon in Hollywood, with fellow artist Santi Arcas, which was bought by Spanish publisher La Cupula when Acuña was 22. This work was followed by Claus & Simon: Freakshow, and Claus & Simon: Disaster Box. The "Claus & Simon" series is about the adventures of a clown and an anthropomorphic dinosaur. The last story was done for the French market and later reprinted in the popular American magazine Heavy Metal (under the title Claus & Simon: Kings of Escape).
Claus & Simon increased Acuña's profile in Europe, and he received work painting the covers for European paperback reprints of Alan Moore's Supreme (#2-6), which led to Acuña's decision to try to break into the American market while still remaining active in the European comics industry.
Acuña's first work in the American comics industry was for Marvel Comics, on a miniseries for Axel Alonso that was never completed or published. DC Comics editor Eddie Berganza later hired him to paint pictures of Ravager and Blackfire for Teen Titans/Outsiders Secret Files. This work got Acuña noticed by Mark Chiarello, who suggested him to editors Mike Carlin and Joan Hilty as a cover artist for the Justice League of America and Outsiders series.
Although only doing American-market covers up until this point, Acuña made the move to interior art with Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters, on which he did the covers, pencils, inks, graytones and even character design, working with European colorist Javi Montes.
In late 2005, it was announced that Acuña had signed a two-year exclusive contract with DC Comics. However, in 2007 it was announced that Acuña had signed an exclusive contract with Marvel Comics, to start in 2008, and would be leaving DC Comics. Acuña had previously only done covers for Marvel; his first interior work for the publisher was The Eternals, which debuted June 2008.
Interior comic work includes:
- Claus & Simon (with Santiago Arcas):
- 9-11 Volume 1: "Nothing but You on My Mind" (with Art Brooks, anthology graphic novel, Dark Horse, 2002)
- French Kiss Comix #5: "Plan 69 from Outer Space" (script and art, anthology, La Cúpula, 2002)
- Anthem #1, 3 (with Roy Thomas, Heroic Publishing, 2006)
- Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters (with Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, DC Comics):
- "Prelude" (in Brave New World anthology one-shot, 2006)
- Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters v1 #1-8 (2006–2007)
- Green Lantern v4 #18-20: "Mystery of the Star Sapphire" (with Geoff Johns, DC Comics, 2007)
- Flash (with Mark Waid, DC Comics):
- All-Flash (final two pages, one-shot, 2007)
- "The Wild Wests" (in v2 #231-232, 2007)
- The Eternals v4 #1-6 (with Daniel Knauf and Charles Knauf, Marvel, 2008–2009)
- Young X-Men #11-12: "End of Days" (with Marc Guggenheim and Rafa Sandoval, Marvel, 2009)
- Uncanny X-Men (Marvel):
- X-Men: Legacy v1 #228-230, Annual #1 (with Mike Carey, Marvel, 2009–2010)
- The New Avengers (with Brian Michael Bendis, Marvel):
- "Siege" (with Stuart Immonen, in v1 #61-62, 2010)
- "Infinity" (in v2 #8, 2011)
- Captain America v1 #611: "Trial, Part One" (with Ed Brubaker, Marvel, 2010)
- Black Widow v4 #1-5: "The Name of the Rose" (with Marjorie Liu, Marvel, 2010)
- Wolverine v4 #6-9: "Wolverine vs. the X-Men" (with Jason Aaron, Marvel, 2011)
- X-Men: Schism #3 (with Jason Aaron, Marvel, 2011)
- The Avengers v4 #18-20, 23-24 (with Brian Michael Bendis, Marvel, 2011–2012)
- Uncanny Avengers v1 #6-11, 13, 18-22, 25 and v2 #1-5 (with Rick Remender, Marvel, 2013–2015)
- Sam Wilson: Captain America #1-3, 7, 11-13, 18-ongoing (with Nick Spencer, Mike Choi (#3) and Angel Unzueta (#7), Marvel, 2015–...)
- Avengers: Standoff — Assault on Pleasant Hill Omega (with Nick Spencer and Angel Unzueta, one-shot, Marvel, 2016)
- Civil War II #8 (with Brian Michael Bendis, among other artists, Marvel, 2017)
- La Poudre aux Rêves #96, 99 (La Cúpula, 2002)
- The Outsiders #28-34, 36-41 (DC Comics, 2005–2006)
- JLA #120-125 (DC Comics, 2005–2006)
- Captain Universe/Hulk #1 (Marvel, 2006)
- Captain Universe/Daredevil #1 (Marvel, 2006)
- Captain Universe/X-23 #1 (Marvel, 2006)
- Captain Universe/Invisible Woman #1 (Marvel, 2006)
- Captain Universe/Silver Surfer #1 (Marvel, 2006)
- Doc Samson #1 (Marvel, 2006)
- Crisis Aftermath: The Battle for Blüdhaven #1-6 (DC Comics, 2006)
- The Infinite Crisis novelization (Berkley Publishing Group, 2006)
- Green Arrow/Black Canary Wedding Special #1 (DC Comics, 2007)
- Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #7-8 (DC Comics, 2007)
- The Flash v2 #235 (DC Comics, 2008)
- Hulk v1 #1 (Marvel, 2008)
- Dark Reign: New Nation #1 (Marvel, 2009)
- The Dark Tower: Treachery #5 (Marvel, 2009)
- Wizard #209 (Wizard, 2009)
- Dark Avengers v1 #3 (Marvel, 2009)
- Nova v4 #23-28 (Marvel, 2009)
- X-Men: Legacy v1 #225 (Marvel, 2009)
- Guardians of the Galaxy v2 #17 (Marvel, 2009)
- All Winners Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1 (Marvel, 2009)
- Dark Wolverine #78 (Marvel, 2009)
- Second Coming: Prepare #1 (Marvel, 2010)
- Captain America v1 #615.1 (Marvel, 2011)
- Fear Itself: Wolverine #1 (Marvel, 2011)
- I am an Avenger #4 (Marvel, 2011)
- FF v1 #1-4, 8-9 (Marvel, 2011)
- The Avengers v4 #21, 25 (Marvel, 2012)
- Uncanny Avengers v1 #1 (Marvel, 2012)
- First X-Men #4 (Marvel, 2013)
- Thor: God of Thunder #1-3 (Marvel, 2013)
- The Avengers v5 #3, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22-24 (Marvel, 2013–2014)
- Deadpool v3 #3 (Marvel, 2013)
- Winter Soldier #14 (Marvel, 2013)
- Journey into Mystery v1 #650 (Marvel, 2013)
- The Mighty Avengers v2 #4 (Marvel, 2014)
- The Legendary Star-Lord #6 (Marvel, 2015)
- Star Wars v4 #1 (Marvel, 2015)
- Sam Wilson: Captain America #5, 10, 17 (Marvel, 2016–2017)
- Avengers: Standoff — Welcome to Pleasant Hill #1 (Marvel, 2016)
- The Avengers v6 #1 (Marvel, 2017)
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- Daniel Acuña at the Comic Book DB
- Daniel Acuña's blog
- Daniel Acuña profile in 'Guía del cómic' (Spanish)
- Daniel Acuña cover art gallery
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