Award-winning American comic artist Paul Gulacy is deservedly praised for his distinctive comics work, a creator who helped make Marvel’s Master of Kung Fu a success back in the 1970s. But I’ve only just discovered his take on Peter O’Donnell’s Modesty Blaise, which he posted to his official website, back in 2011.
Before anyone starts thinking a new Modesty Blaise series was in the works back then, unfortunately it was simply a commission piece, still on view in the archive of Paul’s official web site, and included in his work reel video.
Given his standout work on series such as Black Widow: Web Of Intrigue (with others), James Bond 007: Serpent’s Tooth and Sci-Spy (reunited with MOKF writer Doug Moench), you can’t help but wonder what might have been, had someone in a publishing house spotted it, and done more than ask, “Where’s Willie?”
Paul Gulacy should need no introduction to many downthetubes fans. He’s an internationally acclaimed comic book artist with over forty years in the field, who trained at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Pratt Institute in New York. Paul has also worked in magazine illustration, in animation, and for high-profile advertising agencies.
He made his initial mark on the art world while at Marvel Comics during the Kung Fu craze of the 1970s with Master of Kung Fu. His work on that title inspired legendary film director Quentin Tarantino to say, “Master of Kung Fu … hands down my favourite comic book.”
(Paul himself reportedly cites Master of Kung Fu #40, “The Murder Agency”, as his favourite story of his work on the series).
His trademark action-packed, cinematic style can also be found in such titles as Batman, James Bond, Star Wars, including Star Wars: Crimson Empire 3 for Dark Horse, Cable, The Rook, Terminator, Catwoman, and many more. Other works include Time Bomb for Radical Publishing, and GI Joe: Special Missions at IDW Publishing.
Spotted and documented with reference to the Paul Gulacy official site, and an old post by Los Angeles-based screenwriter Matthew Bradford, on his highly recommended Double O Section blog