Billy Tucci

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William "Billy" Tucci
Tucci at the 2012 New York Comic-Con
BornWilliam Tucci
New York, New York
NationalityItalian American
Area(s)Writer, penciller
Founder of Crusade Fine Arts, Ltd.
Notable works

William Tucci is an illustrator, writer and filmmaker best known for his creator-owned title and character, Shi.


Tucci founded Crusade Comics in his apartment in Queens, New York City.[1] Its flagship title, Shi, debuted in March 1994. Publisher Top Cow's character Witchblade and David Mack's character Kabuki debuted in Shi before going on to their own titles.

Tucci wrote and illustrated Shi: Return of the Warrior" and wrote "Zombie-Sama!, a comedy graphic novel with illustrator John Broglia, both published by Crusade Fine Arts.

In 2006 Tucci began pencilling Marvel Comics' Heroes for Hire, and DC's VS cards, and later on the DC series Jonah Hex, Birds of Prey, Flash Vs. Superman and Harley Quinn. He also released the 576-page Definitive Shi, the Illustrated Warrior.

In 2007, Shi also had a crossover with Brian Pulido's Lady Death/Shi through Avatar Press, and with Peter David's Fallen Angel through IDW Publishing. Dark Horse Comics produced a 200-page hardbound Art of Shi coffee table book showcasing several artists' take on the character. Other Shi projects include a full color Zombie-sama! TPB with John Broglia and Definitive Shi Vol. 2.

Tucci produced a six-part miniseries for DC, Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion, which premiered November 2008.[2] In researching the series, Tucci spent time with a World War II reenactment in Pennsylvania, portraying a war correspondent.[citation needed] The Lost Battalion received the 2011 Gold Medal in the Fiction-Thriller category from the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA).[citation needed]

In 2011, Tucci's "Batman: A Trick For The Scarecrow", which appeared in the DCU Halloween Special 2010, was nominated for the Eisner Award for Best Short Story.[3]

As partner of Apostle Arts LLC, Tucci created Billy Tucci's A Child is Born, a 32-page graphic novella for Christmas 2011, adapted from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.[4]


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  2. ^ "Heroic Japanese Americans in New Comic Series". AsianWeek. Retrieved on October 3, 2008.
  3. ^ "2011 Eisner Award Nominees Announced". Newsarama. April 7, 2011. Archived from the original on March 30, 2019. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  4. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (September 16, 2011). "BILLY TUCCI Re-Tells the Birth of Jesus in New Graphic Novel". Newsarama. Retrieved June 13, 2019.

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