Paul Pope

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Paul Pope
Paul Pope 2010.jpg
Born (1970-09-25) September 25, 1970 (age 48)
Area(s)Writer, Penciller, Inker
Awards"Best Writer/Artist" Eisner Award (2007)

Paul Pope (born September 25, 1970) is an American alternative comic book writer/artist. Pope describes his own influences (listed in his book P-City Parade) as Daniel Torres, Bruno Premiani, Jack Kirby, Alex Toth, Tony Salmons, Hugo Pratt, Silvio Cadelo, Vittorio Giardino, and Hergé.

Early life[edit]

Born in Philadelphia, Pope grew up in Bowling Green, Ohio, with stops in Columbus, Ohio, San Francisco, and Toronto in between; Pope now lives and works in New York City.[1]


Pope introduced THB in 1995, the same year he began work for Kodansha, Japan's manga publisher. Pope eventually developed the manga Supertrouble for Kodansha, which mined the "cutie-pie" girl adventure vein that THB exists in. Pope has self-published some of his work through his own Horse Press, with other work such as One-Trick Ripoff coming from Dark Horse Comics and Heavy Liquid and 100% published under DC Comics' Vertigo imprint.

Pope's work combines the precision and romance of the European artists he studies with the energy and page design of the manga tradition. His storytelling narratives continue to mature with well-paced, deftly-shaded combinations of science fiction, hardboiled crime stories and the Romeo and Juliet archetype. Pope's two protagonist types are the silent, lanky outsider male of One-Trick Ripoff, Escapo and Heavy Liquid, or the resourceful, aggressive, humorous young teenage girls of THB.

In 2006, Pope received an Eisner Award for Best Short Story for his work, "Teenage Sidekick", published in Solo #3.

In 2007, Pope won two additional Eisners, Best Writer/Artist and Best Limited Series, for his Batman mini-series, Batman: Year 100. Discussing the story, which is set in 2039, one hundred years after the first appearance of the caped crusader, Pope said: "I wanted to present a new take on Batman, who is without a doubt a mythic figure in our pop-psyche. My Batman is not only totally science fiction, he's also a very physical superhero: he bleeds, he sweats, he eats. He's someone born into an overarching police state; someone with the body of David Beckham, the brain of Tesla, and the wealth of Howard Hughes... pretending to be Nosferatu." The story, colored by José Villarrubia, was originally presented in a four-part prestige format in 2006. DC Comics later published a trade paperback collecting Batman: Year 100 in early 2007. The trade also includes Pope's "Berlin Batman" story from The Batman Chronicles No. 11. "Berlin Batman" involves a version of Batman who lives in the German Weimar Republic on the eve of World War II. The Weimar Batman helps keep the papers of Austrian School economist Ludwig von Mises from falling into Nazi hands. Both Batman stories in the collection reflect implicit libertarian themes that often appear in Pope's work.[2] He also wrote Endgame for Toonami's website and came up with the character Orcelot Rex.[3]

Aside from comics, in the fall of 2006 Pope worked with Italian clothing company Diesel on a big store installation during their fall fashion week campaign, and a screenprint series based on their 'Chelsea Hotel' campaign as a 51st birthday present to Diesel's founder, Renzo Rosso. In the fall of 2008, Pope went a step further by partnering with DKNY to create the DKNY:2089 collection.

Pope's first art book titled Pulphope: The Art of Paul Pope came out in June 2007. A collection of his most representative work, the 224 page hardcover was published by AdHouse Books. Pope has also announced the pending publication of two original graphic novels, Battling Boy from First Second Books, and La Chica Bionica from French publisher Dargaud. Other books in the Battling Boy series include The Fall of the House of West and The Rise of Aurora West.

In 2009, Pope was featured in The Cartoonist, a documentary film on the life and work of cartoonist Jeff Smith.[4]

Paul spoke at the 2005 New York and 2006 Sydney Semi-Permanent creative conference.[citation needed]


  • 2014 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens: Battling Boy
  • 2007 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series: Batman: Year 100
  • 2007 Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist: Batman: Year 100
  • 2006 Eisner Award for Best Short Story: "Teenaged Sidekick" in Solo #3 (DC Comics)
  • 2000 Friends of Lulu' 'Lulu of the Year' Nomination


Horse Press[edit]

  • Sin Titulo (w/a, graphic novel, 76 pages, 1993, ISBN 1-882402-13-8)
  • The Corruptor (w/a, 1993)
  • The Ballad of Doctor Richardson (w/a, 1994)
  • THB (w/a):
    • Volume 1 #1-5 (1994–1995)
    • Giant THB Parade (1996)
    • P-City Parade (1997)
    • Giant THB Circus (1998)
    • Mars' Mightiest Mek (one-shot, 2000)
    • Mek-Power #6a-6d (2000–2002)
    • Volume 2 #1 (2003)
  • PulpHope 96/7 (w/a, 1996)
  • Buzz Buzz Comics Magazine (w/a, with various writers and artists, 1996)
  • Escapo (w/a, graphic novel, 112 pages, 1999, ISBN 1-882402-16-2)

DC Comics/Vertigo[edit]

Other US publishers[edit]

Cover work[edit]


  1. ^ Paul Pope - About Paul Pope - About
  2. ^ Cantor, Paul A. (March 1998). "Holy Praxeology, Batman." The Free Market, Vol. 16, No. 3.
  3. ^ Toonami Fan - Jason DeMarco Interview
  4. ^ The Cartoonist Movie. Retrieved November 23, 2012.


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