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Francis Manapul

Francis Manapul
Manapul at the New York Comic Con in Manhattan, October 10, 2010.
Nationality Filipino Canadian
Area(s) Artist
Notable works
The Necromancer
The Flash
Awards Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Artist (2011)
Inkwell Award for The All-in-One Award (2011)

Francis Manapul is a Filipino-Canadian comic book artist.


Manapul is known for his work on Witchblade and The Necromancer for Top Cow, working on the former for three years, off and on, returning for the tenth anniversary issue in 2005.

He provided covers for various titles, most notably for some G.I. Joe comics from Devil's Due Publishing.

In 2007, he signed an exclusive contract to work with DC Comics.[1]

Manapul served as a guest judge in the fourth week round of the third season of Comic Book Idol, a comic book art competition sponsored by Comic Book Resources.[2]

In 2008 Francis became the artist for DC's Legion of Superheroes with Jim Shooter as the writer. Francis co-created the character Gazelle with Shooter before leaving the title.

In 2009, he was named to be the artist in DC's new Flash series written by Geoff Johns which stars Barry Allen in the lead role.

He was also one of the TV presenters on Beast Legends from Yap films, which currently airs Wednesday nights at 10pm EST on History Television Canada. Its premiere in the US was on September 9, Thursday at 10pm EST on SyFy.

In 2011 Manapul was awarded the Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Artist[3] and the All-in-One Award (Favorite artist known for almost-exclusively inking his/her own interior comic book pencil work and rarely the work of others in '10) from the Inkwell Awards. That May, DC Comics announced a massive revamp and relaunch of their entire superhero line, as part of this Francis was named writer/artist on the Flash, with his longtime colorist/collaborator, Brian Buccellato co-writing with him.[4]

In April 2014, Manapul and Buccellato moved from The Flash to Detective Comics.[5]


Interior work

Cover work


  1. ^ "WW Chicago: Francis Manapul in the Future - and on DC's Legion". Newsarama. August 10, 2007
  2. ^ "Round 4: The Final Four". Comic Book Resources' February 29, 2008
  3. ^ "2011 Nominees and Winners".  
  4. ^ Hyde, David (June 2, 2011). "The New Justice". DC Comics: The Source.
  5. ^ Campbell, Josie (October 10, 2013). "NYCC: Manapul & Buccellato Go Gotham For 'Detective Comics'". Comic Book Resources.


  • Francis Manapul at the Grand Comics Database
  • Kousemaker, Kees. Francis Manapul. Kees Kousemaker's Lambiek Comiclopedia. Retrieved November 15, 2011.

External links

  • Official website
  • Current blog and old one
  • Francis Manapul at DeviantArt
  • Francis Manapul at the Comic Book DB
  • Interview with Legion of Substitute Podcasters


  • #54WitchbladeReview of , #56, #57, #68 and #69, Comics Bulletin
  • #50Lara Croft: Tomb RaiderReview of , Comics Bulletin
  • #1NecromancerReview of and #2, Comics Bulletin
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