David Mazzucchelli

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David Mazzucchelli
Mazzucchelli at a June 28, 2012 book signing at Midtown Comics in Manhattan
BornDavid John Mazzucchelli
(1960-09-21) September 21, 1960 (age 63)
Providence, Rhode Island
Area(s)Cartoonist, Writer, Penciller, Inker
Notable works
Asterios Polyp
Batman: Year One
Rubber Blanket
City of Glass: The Graphic Novel
AwardsSwann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon
New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship
Japan/U.S. Friendship Commission Creative Artists Fellowship
Los Angeles Times Book Prize

David John Mazzucchelli[1] (/ˌmæzˈkɛli/;[2] born September 21, 1960)[3] is an American comics artist and writer, known for his work on seminal superhero comic book storylines Daredevil: Born Again and Batman: Year One, as well as for graphic novels in other genres, such as Asterios Polyp and City of Glass: The Graphic Novel. He is also an instructor who teaches comic book storytelling at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.


Mazzucchelli received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design,[4][5] and started working in comics in the early 1980s, first at Marvel Comics where, after a few fill-in jobs, he became the regular artist on Daredevil.[6] He worked with writer Denny O'Neil and culminated his work on this title with the Daredevil: Born Again (Feb-Aug 1986) story arc, written by Frank Miller.[7]

Miller and Mazzucchelli collaborated again on the graphic novel Batman: Year One, serialized in issues #404–407 (Feb-May 1987) of DC Comics' monthly Batman title, and published in a single volume shortly afterwards. Batman: Year One is considered one of the best Batman stories ever produced.[8] Mazzucchelli had previously drawn Batman in a five page backup story in World's Finest Comics #302 (April 1984).[9]

After Batman: Year One, Mazzucchelli drew an Angel story in Marvel Fanfare #40 (Oct. 1988).[10] He then moved on to focus on more personal projects.[11] He published three issues of his own independent anthology, Rubber Blanket, co-edited by his wife, painter Richmond Lewis, in which he began finding his voice as a writer in addition to exploring new avenues of visual expression. His evocative and haunting stories in Rubber Blanket, notably "Near Miss," "Dead Dog," "Discovering America," and "Big Man," set the stage for his work to come. Mazzucchelli's work in Rubber Blanket, and especially his use of two-color printing to create his artwork, influenced a number of young indie-comics artists through the 1990s and 2000s, including Darwyn Cooke, Frank Santoro, and Dash Shaw.[12] With writer/artist Paul Karasik, he co-wrote and illustrated an adaptation of Paul Auster's City of Glass,[13] published first by Avon Books in 1994, then by Picador in 2004 as City of Glass: The Graphic Novel. Auster's later book The Brooklyn Follies features a character with the name Nancy Mazzucchelli, an homage to David. He continued to write and draw short comics for various publishers until 2000. Mazzucchelli was one of the artists on the Superman and Batman: World's Funnest one-shot written by Evan Dorkin.[14]

In 2009, Pantheon Books published Mazzucchelli's graphic novel, Asterios Polyp.[15] The book was named a New York Times Notable Book for that year,[16] and won the 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for graphic novels.[4][17]

Mazzucchelli has done illustrations for various publications, including interior pieces and covers for The New Yorker[3] In 2011, an animated adaptation of Batman: Year One was released by Warner Home Video.[18]

Mazzucchelli has taught a cartooning course for BFA students at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.[4]



Mazzucchelli's cover to Batman #407 (May 1987), the fourth chapter of Batman: Year One.
A page from Asterios Polyp (2009)

Covers only[edit]

Interviews and other work[edit]

Newspapers and magazines[edit]

  • "Castles in the Sand" (cover of The New Yorker, July 26, 1993)
  • "The Fine Art of Hanging Ryman" (in The New Yorker, October 4, 1993)
  • "May Day" (cover of The New Yorker, May 2, 1994)
  • "Post Mort on Columbus Circle" (in The New Yorker, May 16, 1994)
  • "Monday in the Park with Marlon" (in The New Yorker, September 19, 1994)
  • "Fall" (cover of The New Yorker, October 24, 1994)
  • "New String" (in The Village Voice, 1994)


  1. ^ Lus Arana, Luis Miguel (February 7, 2008). "David Mazzucchelli: El Naturalismo expresionista" (in Spanish). Homines.com. Archived from the original on March 2, 2012. English language translation
  2. ^ "'Storytelling for Comics' by David Mazzucchelli - FanFaire NYC 2020". NerdNewsToday. February 8, 2020. Archived from the original on 2021-12-22. Retrieved April 13, 2021 – via YouTube.
  3. ^ a b "David Mazzucchelli". Lambiek Comiclopedia. January 25, 2013. Archived from the original on August 22, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Our Faculty: David Mazzuchelli". School of Visual Arts. Archived from the original on October 23, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  5. ^ "Mazzuchelli, David". International Who is Who in Cartooning. Archived from the original on February 4, 2012.
  6. ^ David Mazzucchelli at the Grand Comics Database
  7. ^ DeFalco, Tom; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1980s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 226. ISBN 978-0756641238. 'Born Again' was a seven-issue story arc that appeared in Daredevil from issue #227 to #233 (Feb.–Aug. 1986) by writer Frank Miller and artist David Mazzucchelli. {{cite book}}: |first2= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 227. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Melding Miller's noir sensibilities, realistic characterization, and gritty action with Mazzucchelli's brilliant iconic imagery, "Year One" thrilled readers and critics alike...as well as being one of the influences for the 2005 film Batman Begins. {{cite book}}: |first2= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dougall, Alastair, ed. (2014). "1980s". Batman: A Visual History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 150. ISBN 978-1465424563. A rare early example of Mazzucchelli's Batman before his ground-breaking 'Batman: Year One' story in February 1987, this tale featured Superman and Batman doing something quite out of the ordinary for the duo: having a drink at a local bar. {{cite book}}: |first2= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  10. ^ Trumbull, John (June 2017). "'Marvel Fanfare #40: Fallen Angels and Stormy Weather". Back Issue! (96). Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing: 64–65.
  11. ^ Young, Frank (August 1992). "Comics Used to be about Telling Stories: David Mazzucchelli Discusses his Transition from Mainstream to Independence". The Comics Journal (152). Seattle, Washington: Fantagraphics Books: 114–199.
  12. ^ Nadel, Dan. "Space Odyssey". Bookforum. Mazzucchelli's use of two colors and his employment of color as a tool for emotional layering would influence countless cartoonists throughout the '90s and 2000s, including Darwyn Cooke, Frank Santoro, and Dash Shaw.
  13. ^ Kartalopoulos, Bill (Spring 2004). "Three Questions for David Mazzucchelli". Indy Magazine. Archived from the original on June 14, 2013.
  14. ^ Yarbrough, Beau (March 18, 1999). "Evan Dorkin Debuts World's Funnest". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015.
  15. ^ Wolk, Douglas (July 23, 2009). "Shades of Meaning". The New York Times. Retrieved August 11, 2013.
  16. ^ "100 Notable Books of 2009". The New York Times.
  17. ^ a b Garrison, Jessica (April 24, 2010). "Rafael Yglesias' A Happy Marriage wins Times Book Prize for fiction". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on November 8, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2010.
  18. ^ Kit, Borys (April 20, 2011). "Batman: Year One Lines Up Voice Cast, Sets Comic-Con Premiere". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved June 18, 2011.
  19. ^ Melrose, Kevin (24 July 2010). "SDCC '10 Winners announced for 22nd annual Eisner Awards". CBR.com. Retrieved July 24, 2010.
  20. ^ MacDonald, Heidi (30 August 2010). "2010 Harvey Award winners". The Beat. Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  21. ^ a b Naliato, Samir (June 19, 2012). "Divulgados os vencedores do prêmio HQ Mix 2012" (in Portuguese). Universo HQ. Archived from the original on August 4, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  22. ^ Shaw, Dash (December 16, 2009). "TCJ 300 Conversations: David Mazzucchelli & Dash Shaw". The Comics Journal. Seattle, Washington: Fantagraphics Books. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013.

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Preceded by Batman artist
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