Paris Cullins

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Paris Cullins
Born Philadelphia,[1] Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Area(s) Penciller
Notable works
Blue Beetle
Blue Devil
Hyperkind

Paris Cullins is an American comics artist best known for his work on DC Comics' Blue Devil and Blue Beetle, and Marvel Comics' Hyperkind.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Cullins had sent DC Comics samples of his comic art since 1976, finally meeting with Dick Giordano in the last week of 1979. Cullins recalled in 2007 that,

I brought new pages and he loved it. The pages were Batman vs. Manhunter. I did it on a lark. He then told me, . . . "Come in the first day after New Year's and I'll have a script for you, and talk to you about the [DC intern] program." I came in on January 2nd and he gave me a script that day. . . . When I started with them they had me doing some horror stories . . . I also did one feature in particular, called "I, Vampire."[2]

Cullins' first known credited comics work was as penciler-inker of the six-page story "Mystic Murder", by writer Steve Skeates, in the DC Comics supernatural anthology Secrets of Haunted House #42 (Nov. 1981). He drew four "I…Vampire" stories in the House of Mystery series[3] and pencilled stories in such similar DC titles as Ghosts, The Unexpected, and Weird War Tales through the early 1980s, and made his superhero debut penciling an eight-page "Tales of the Green Lantern Corps" backup feature in Green Lantern #154 (July 1982).[4] As well, artist Ernie Colón, whom Cullins met at DC and who drew Richie Rich and other children's titles for Harvey Comics, "offered me a job doing some extra work for Harvey Comics. For several months I drew Richie Rich and Hot Stuff.[2]

"Blue" period[edit]

Blue Devil #1 (June 1984). Cover art by Cullins and Dick Giordano.

After co-penciling Justice League of America #212 (March 1983) with Rich Buckler, and making his cover debut with The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #7, Cullins penciled his first full-length comic, Blue Devil #1 (June 1984), starring a superhero he had co-created with writers Gary Cohn and Dan Mishkin earlier that month for a backup feature in The Fury of Firestorm #24 (June 1984).[4][5]

Blue Devil ran 31 issues, through cover–date December 1986, with Cullins penciling the first six and Blue Devil Annual #1 (1985), and covers through the end of the run. Cullins additionally drew dozens of DC covers and occasional stories through the decade, and numerous character pages for Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe. Cullins and writer Len Wein produced a Ted Kord Blue Beetle series[6] for DC, which had acquired the character from the defunct Charlton Comics. Cullins penciled issues #1–9, 11–14, and 17–18 (collectively, June 1986–Nov. 1987).[4] He was one of the artists on Batman #400 (Oct. 1986).[7]

Cullins began working for Marvel Comics by penciling three six–page High Evolutionary backup stories, one each in the 1988 X-Factor Annual #3, The Punisher Annual #1, and Silver Surfer Annual #1. He was still freelancing primarily for DC, collaborating there with writer J. M. DeMatteis on a six-issue miniseries revival (Feb.–July 1988) of Jack Kirby's The Forever People,[8] penciling the stories and covers. With writer Mark Evanier, primarily, Cullins co-plotted and penciled issues #1–9, 11–12, and 15–18 (collectively, Feb. 1989–July 1990) of a revival of Kirby's The New Gods.[4]

Later career[edit]

Hyperkind #8 (April 1994). Cover art by Cullins and Bob Petrecca.

In the 1990s, Cullins, while keeping DC as his home base, branched out to draw additional occasional comics for Marvel, and for publishers including Acclaim Comics, Massive Comics Group, Penthouse International (Penthouse Comix), and Crusade Comics.[4] Teamed with writer Fred Burke, Cullins penciled stories and covers for all nine issues of the superhero-team comic Hyperkind, for Marvel's Clive Barker–created Razorline imprint.[4][9]

He was largely absent from comics from 1996, when he did pencil breakdowns for DC's Life, The Universe and Everything #1, to 2001, when he penciled the cover of DC/OnStar's Onstar Batman Special Edition #1. Cullins contributed a one-page Blazin' Glory pinup to Atomeka Press' A1 Sketchbook (Nov. 2004), his last known comics work as of 2007.[4]

At some point, Cullins did book-cover art and "worked for advertisement agencies, and did storyboards for video games and TV commercials, Activision in particular, and full-color storyboards and designs for a game called Terror in the Bermuda Triangle".[2]

In December 2006, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based Maximum Overtime Media announced the first-quarter 2007 planned premiere of Gritz n' Gravy, "a quarterly illustrated adult urban fantasy and popular-culture national magazine", with Cullins, a company co-founder, announced as publisher.[10]

In May 2011, DC Comics announced he would be the artist, paired with writer William Messner-Loebs, on Wonder Woman - The '90s, a one-shot in DC's nostalgic DC Retroactive series.[11] However, the book would be drawn by Lee Moder and Dan Green rather than Cullins.[12]

Bibliography[edit]

Crusade Comics[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

DC Comics/United States Postal Service[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Massive Comics Group[edit]

Penthouse[edit]

Valiant Comics[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schepis, Rich (n.d.). "Paris Cullins Still Creating". The Bronze Review. Exciting times lie ahead for Philadelphia-born artist Paris Cullins... 
  2. ^ a b c "Paris Cullins". Gritz n' Gravy official site. Archived from the original on September 17, 2010. 
  3. ^ Vaughan, Don (April 2017). "A Different Kind of Bat Man: DC's I…Vampire!". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (95): 50–52. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Paris Cullins at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 208. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. [A] sixteen-page preview story marked the debut of fledgling stuntman-turned-hero Blue Devil. An attempt to put the fun back into comics, writers Gary Cohn and Dan Mishkin and penciller Paris Cullins had Blue Devil face the machinations of Flash villain the Trickster in this lead-in to his own ongoing series. 
  6. ^ Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 219: "The Blue Beetle swung into his own DC series with the help of writer Len Wein and artist Paris Cullins."
  7. ^ Trumbull, John (December 2013). "A New Beginning...And a Probable End Batman #300 and #400". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (69): 51. 
  8. ^ Markstein, Don (2008). "The Forever People". Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. They were revived for a six-issue run in 1988, written by J.M. DeMatteis...and drawn by Paris Cullins. 
  9. ^ "Clive's Comics Hyperkind". CliveBarker.com. n.d. Archived from the original on December 31, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Maximum Overtime Media Releases Premiere Issue of Gritz n' Gravy Magazine" (Press release). Maximum Overtime Media LLC. December 3, 2006. Archived from the original on February 9, 2012. 
  11. ^ Hyde, David (May 2, 2011). "Artist for Retroactive: Wonder Woman – The '90s #1: Paris Cullins" (Press release). DC Comics. Archived from the original on February 21, 2015. 
  12. ^ DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman - The '90s #1 at the Grand Comics Database

External links[edit]

  • Paris Cullins at the Comic Book DB Archived from the original on July 5, 2014.
  • Paris Cullins at The Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators. Retrieved on February 21, 2015. Archived from the original on February 21, 2015.
Preceded by
n/a
Blue Devil artist
1984
Succeeded by
Gil Kane
Preceded by
n/a
Blue Beetle artist
1986–1987
Succeeded by
Ross Andru