Rick Parker (artist)
Parker at a comics convention in April 2016
Richard Lowell Parker|
August 31, 1946
Miami, Florida, U.S.
|Pseudonym(s)||Hatch, Ricko, Ricko the Sicko, Skully|
Beavis and Butt-Head comic book|
|Lieutenant Richard Parker|
|Birth name||Richard Lowell Parker|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Army|
|Years of service||1966–1969|
|Unit||Fourth United States Army|
|Children||Grant Parker Grayson Parker|
Richard Lowell Parker (born August 31, 1946) is an American artist, writer, and cartoonist whose humorous artwork has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Time magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Life magazine, and various comic books published by Marvel Comics.
Parker grew up in Savannah, Georgia. He did not own many comic books as a child — instead, his artistic influences include Little Golden Books and the comic strips Mutt and Jeff and Little Orphan Annie. (He also lists Will Elder, Wally Wood, Carl Barks, Harvey Kurtzman, Roy Crane, and Jack Davis as influences.) Parker earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Georgia, and his Master of Fine Arts at the Pratt Institute.
In February 1966 Rick was drafted into the United States Army, completing basic training at Fort Stewart, GA and becoming a tank driver. Rick applied for Officer Candidate School and completed Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Jackson, SC, subsequently completing Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill. After becoming an officer, Rick was involved in the testing of Pershing Missiles in the deserts of New Mexico and Utah. He was also an acting Battery Commander at Fort Sill and briefly was the Officer-in-Charge of military funerals for Northern Texas, Oklahoma and Western Arkansas.
Parker got his start in the comics industry as a letterer for Marvel Comics, starting in the late 1970s. Spider-Man editor Jim Salicrup recalled, "Not only did I like having him letter all the titles just so I can pretend to be J. Jonah Jameson and scream 'Parker!' at him all the time, but he lived not far from me at the time, and quite often I would visit his home and hang out with him while he lettered pages, and then we'd drop 'em off at the FedEx office together. This easily saved days on the schedule, and got the books done much faster." Parker was one of the four original artists of The Pekar Project (SMITH Magazine, 2009–2010), which brought the writing of the American autobiographical comics pioneer Harvey Pekar to the web.
He also drew the introductory pages of Tales from the Crypt for Papercutz from 2007 to 2009. Parker has illustrated a series of graphic novel parodies (written by Stefan Petrucha) for Papercutz Slices (Papercutz) — titles include Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid (2009), Harry Potty and The Deathly Boring (2010), Breaking Down (2011) (a parody of the Twilight series), Percy Jerkson and The Ovolactovegetarians (2011), and The Hunger Pains (2012).
Parker's fine art consists of paintings, drawings, collage, assemblages, sculpture, lithographs, photographs, performance, and conceptual art. He was the founder of the Barking Dog Museum in New York City (1975–1987). His artwork has been shown at the Hundred Acres Gallery in New York, the NYU Art Gallery, The Georgia Museum of Art, the Pratt Institute Art Gallery, Franklin Furnace Book Archives, the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, and the DUMBO Arts Center.
Parker's comic art and fine art is in private collections and several institutions.
- C.A.P.S. Grant, 1978
- Village Voice Photo Contest, 1985
- Comics Buyer's Guide Award, Favorite Letterer, 1989/90
- As Illustrator: Everything I Really Need To Know I Learned from Television (Applause Theatre Books, 1992) — written by Barry Dutter
- As author: Deadboy (self-published, 2011)
- Parker entry, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999. Accessed Feb. 27, 2014.
- Parker, Rick. "RICK PARKER'S CARTOONS & DRAWINGS". Retrieved 9 January 2012.
- "Smashwords — Deadboy Part 7 — A book by Rick Parker". Smashwords.com. 2011-03-13. Retrieved 2012-05-23.
- Tobin, Nancy (November 30, 2009). "West of Chelsea: Rick Parker". The New York Times.
- Guiterrez, Peter. "Local Locals: Rick Parker's Macabre (but Funny) Mind". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
- Aushenker, Michael (October 2010). "Not Amazing, but Spectacular". Back Issue!. TwoMorrows Publishing (44): 61.
- "The Pekar Project". Smithmag.net. Retrieved 2012-05-23.
- "Papercutz Slices Author Page". Papercutz.com. Retrieved 2012-05-23.
- Mann, Mary (2009-11-10). "'Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid' Helps Bring an Old Comic Series Back to Life – Maplewood, NJ Patch". Maplewood.patch.com. Archived from the original on 2009-11-16. Retrieved 2012-05-23.
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