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Michael Zulli


Michael Zulli

Michael Zulli
Area(s) Writer, Penciller, Artist, Inker
Notable works
The Puma Blues, The Sandman

Michael Zulli is an American artist known for his work as an animal and wildlife illustrator and as a comic book illustrator.


  • Career 1
  • Comics bibliography 2
  • Awards 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Michael Zulli's comic book career began in October 1986 with the comic book The Puma Blues,[1] on which he collaborated with writer Stephen Murphy.[2] The monthly title was published by Dave Sim's Aardvark One International and later by Mirage Studios. Zulli's illustrations of the characters, wildlife and natural landscapes in the polluted post-industrial environment of the story's not-too-distant future. The ecological warnings of the series put forward an argument for natural conservation and against the abuse and pollution of the natural environment. The series went on for 23 issues and a mini-comic half issue, ending in 1989. Zulli illustrated stories for the Mirage Studios characters the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

He drew a never-published issue of DC Comics' Swamp Thing in which the title character meets Jesus Christ.[3][4] In the 1990s another unfinished and unpublished story, Sweeney Todd, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Zulli for Stephen R. Bissette's publication Taboo was stopped when the anthology itself was discontinued.[5] By this time, Zulli had received the attention of many writers, editors and artists in the comics industry. In 1990 he guest pencilled issue #13 of DC Comics' nascent Vertigo series The Sandman written by Gaiman. This story introduced the Hob Gadling character.[6][7] Zulli would illustrate seven Sandman issues[8] including the final Sandman story arc "The Wake". Zulli and Gaiman collaborated on a comics adaptation of Alice Cooper's The Last Temptation in 1994.[9] After The Sandman series ended, he had a gallery show called "Visions of the Wake" in New York City. He also began illustrating for several newer Vertigo imprint titles including Winter's Edge, Witchcraft: La Terreur and Sandman Presents: Love Street. He was one of the artists on the Shade limited series which spun off from the Starman series.[10]

Comics bibliography


  • 1996 Eisner Award Nominated for Best Serialized Story (with Neil Gaiman for "The Wake", in The Sandman #70-72)[11]
  • 1996 Eisner Award Nominated for Best Best Penciller/Inker (for "The Wake")[11]
  • 1996 Eisner Award Nominated for Best Comics-Related Item (for Sandman: The Wake poster)[11]


  1. ^ "Michael Zulli".  
  2. ^ Michael Zulli at the Grand Comics Database
  3. ^ "Rick Veitch Quits Swamp Thing".  
  4. ^ "Swamp Thing Cancellation Begets Protest, Media Attention". The Comics Journal (Fantagraphics Books) (130): 28–29. July 1989. 
  5. ^ Johnston, Rich (June 5, 2012). Comic Here"Sweeney Todd"Get Your Free Neil Gaiman And Michael Zulli . Bleeding Cool. Archived from the original on July 9, 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ Bender, Hy (1999). The Sandman Companion. DC Comics. pp. 56–57.  
  7. ^ Burgas, Greg (January 7, 2013). "Sandman"Comics You Should Own – .  
  8. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle.  
  9. ^ with Fully Remastered Deluxe Edition from Dynamite"The Last Temptation"SDCC Announcement – Neil Gaiman, Alice Cooper and Michael Zulli Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of . Westfield Comics. July 17, 2013. Archived from the original on August 21, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  10. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 281: "The Shade...nabbed his first miniseries in April [1997], courtesy of writer James Robinson and artist Gene Ha, J. H. Williams III, Bret Blevins, and Michael Zulli."
  11. ^ a b c "1996 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on July 25, 2012. 

External links

  • Michael Zulli at the Comic Book DB
  • Michael Zulli at Mike's Amazing World of Comics
  • Michael Zulli at the Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators
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