Alan Kupperberg

Alan Kupperberg

Infobox Comics creator
name = Alan Kupperberg

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caption = Alan Kupperberg at the 2008 Big Apple Comic Convention.
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birthdate = May 18 [ [ "Comics Industry Birthdays" at the CBGXtra Forum] by "Comic Buyer's Guide"'s Maggie Thompson and John Jackson Miller. Accessed September 30, 2008.]
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nationality = American
area = Penciller, Writer
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notable works = "Obnoxio the Clown"
"The Invaders"
"Blue Devil"
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Alan Kupperberg is an American comic artist known for working in both comic books and newspaper strips.


Kupperberg grew up in New York, graduating from the High School of Art and Design in 1971.

Marvel Comics

Kupperberg began writing and drawing for Marvel Comics in 1974, mostly doing fill-ins and one-shots. Eventually, he had runs on team books like "The Invaders", "The Avengers," and "The Defenders"; and drew a number of issues of "What If".

Also occasionally working as a writer, Kupperberg created the 1983 one-shot comic "Obnoxio the Clown vs. The X-Men" as a one-man band, handling everything from writing and illustrating to lettering, unusual for the comic industry at that time. In 1987, Kupperberg worked on both "Spectacular Spider-Man" and "Amazing Spider-Man". From 1988–1991, Kupperberg drew many issues of "Marvel Tales".

He also worked for Marvel Custom Comics, for clients such as Campbell's Soup, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Sylvan Learning Center, and The "Dallas Times Herald".

DC Comics

From the mid-1980s into the early 1990s, Kupperberg illustrated such DC Comics titles as "Justice League of America," "Warlord", "The Fury of Firestorm", "DC Comics Presents", "COPS", and "Dragonlance". He had a long run on "Blue Devil".

Newspaper strips

In 1978 Kupperberg and writer Marv Wolfman took over the Howard the Duck weekly newspaper strip with; Kupperberg also worked on the short-lived "Incredible Hulk" strip. His newspaper work also includes "Little Orphan Annie".

Illustration and writing

Kupperberg has done illustrations for Archie Comics, National Lampoon, "Cracked" magazine, "Spy", and McClannahan Books.

He worked on script development and character design for Sullivan Bluth Studios' 1994 animated feature "Thumbelina". From 1994, he worked with Nickelodeon/Viacom on the "Tom Terrific" animated project.

In addition to illustration, Kupperberg has done design work and scripting for numerous advertising and production agencies. His autobiographical strips have appeared in "Comic Art" and in the "Streetwise" book.

Art style

Known for a more "cartoony" style than many other superhero artists,Fact|date=June 2008 Kupperberg seemed to specialize in nasty clowns for a while, illustrating not only Marvel's Obnoxio pieces but also "National Lampoon's" Evil Clown Comics.

Personal life

Kupperberg's brother, Paul Kupperberg, also works in the comic book field as a writer, editor and executive; though Paul has worked primarily at DC Comics, while Alan's comic book work has been split between DC and its rival Marvel.

Kupperberg has recentlyFact|date=June 2008 produced some nostalgic pieces drawn from his own life and experiences in the comics industry, which have been acclaimed by insiders as accurate and affecting.Fact|date=June 2008 Kupperberg also has an extensive video archive and is known as an expert on TV history, particularly the history of TV comedy.Fact|date=June 2008



*comicbookdb|type=creator|id=1181|title=Alan Kupperberg
* [ Kupperberg Bio at's Comiclopedia]
* [ Kupperberg's Spider-Man Credits]

External links



* [ Alan Kuppeberg Looks Back At Blue Devil]
* [ Kuppeberg Looks Back At The Invaders]
* [ Alan Kupperberg Looks Back At What If?]

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