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Greg LaRocque

Greg LaRocque
Born (1954-02-24) February 24, 1954
Baltimore, Maryland
Nationality American
Area(s) Penciller
Notable works
The Avengers
The Flash
Legion of Super-Heroes
Power Man and Iron Fist.

Greg LaRocque (born February 24, 1954)[1] is an American comic book illustrator best known for his work on the Legion of Super-Heroes and The Flash.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, LaRocque worked as an assistant teacher at the Professional Institute of Art while still a teenager. He started his art career in the advertising field.[2]

Contents

  • Comics career 1
  • Bibliography 2
    • Alternative Comics 2.1
    • DC Comics 2.2
    • Exiled Studio 2.3
    • London Night 2.4
    • Marvel Comics 2.5
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Comics career

Greg LaRocque began his comics career at DC Comics and his first published work was the story "That Which Conquers All" in Mystery in Space #115 (Jan. 1981). This was followed by a series of OMAC back-up stories in The Warlord #42-47 (Feb. 1981-July 1981). His first work for Marvel Comics appeared in Power Man and Iron Fist #73 (Sept. 1981).[3] He drew several issues of Marvel Team-Up including the last issue of the series.[4] He and writer Louise Simonson then launched a new Spider-Man title, Web of Spider-Man, in April 1985.[5] After returning to DC Comics, LaRocque became prominent for his work illustrating the Legion of Super-Heroes. He stated in a 2013 interview that "I decided to leave Marvel for personal reasons, and the first person I called was [editor] Karen Berger. She handed me the next available Legion script, and the day I handed in the work she offered me the book."[6] He drew The Flash with writer William Messner-Loebs from issue #15 (Aug. 1988) through #79 (Aug. 1993). A career highlight was redesigning the Flash's costume to its current incarnation.[2]

Exiled Studio released LaRocque's creator owned material in the three-issue mini-series The Exiled, followed by CryBaby, Exiled Studio's first color comic book. The CryBaby story arc was concluded in the 80-page graphic novel Extinction. LaRocque's The Dreaming graphic novel was published by Exiled Studio in 2009.[7]

LaRocque's work among the independent companies include London Night Studios, Peregrine Entertainment, Realm Press, Catfish Comics, and Avatar Press. In 2010 he helped launch the revival of Dave Cockrum's Futurians with a cover for David Miller Studio. LaRocque's fantasy art was exhibited at Gallery Provocateur in Chicago, Illinois[8] to coincide with his appearance at the 2010 Chicago ComicCon. He returned to DC Comics in 2011 to draw the DC Retroactive: The Flash - The '80s one-shot.[3][9]

Bibliography

References

  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays".  
  2. ^ a b "Greg LaRocque".  
  3. ^ a b Greg LaRocque at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2012). "1980s". Spider-Man Chronicle Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging.  
  5. ^ Manning "1980s" in Gilbert (2012), p. 147: "Spider-Man swung into the pages of an all-new ongoing series in this first issue by writer Louise Simonson and penciler Greg LaRocque."
  6. ^ Schweier, Philip (October 2013). "Back to the Future: The Legion in the 1980s".  
  7. ^ Lorah, Michael C. (December 26, 2008). "Stories From Exile: Checking in with Greg LaRocque".  
  8. ^ "The Art of Greg LaRocque". Gallery Provocateur. August 2010. Archived from the original on December 22, 2014. 
  9. ^ Elias, Greg (June 27, 2011). "DC Retroactive: The Flash – The '80s"Interview: Greg LaRocque on . Speedforce.org. Archived from the original on August 16, 2013. 

External links

  • Greg LaRocque at the Comic Book DB
  • Greg LaRocque at Mike's Amazing World of Comics
  • Greg LaRocque at the Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators
Preceded by
Ron Frenz
Marvel Team-Up artist
1984–1985
Succeeded by
n/a
Preceded by
Steve Lightle
Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 3 artist
1985–1988
Succeeded by
Keith Giffen
Preceded by
Mike Collins
The Flash vol. 2 artist
1988–1993
Succeeded by
Mike Wieringo
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