A comic book artist, Paul Gulacy was born in 1953 in Youngstown,
Ohio, and studied at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and at Pratt
Institute in New York City. He has subsequently worked in magazine
illustration, animation and advertising. Gulacy authored a book titled Spies, Vixens and Masters of Kung Fu, which features an extensive catalog of his drawings and paintings.
The artist makes his home in Portland, Oregon.
Early life and career
Paul Gulacy began freelancing for Marvel Comics as penciler of the 15-page story "Morbius, the Living Vampire" in Adventure into Fear #20 (cover-dated Feb. 1974), written by Mike Friedrich and inked by Jack Abel.
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Following an inking assignment, over penciler Bob Brown on Daredevil#108 (March 1974), he began work on the character with which he became most associated, the philosophical martial artist/secret agent Shang-Chi in the comic Master of Kung Fu (cover-billed as The Hands of Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu) #18 (June 1974), inked by Al Milgrom.
That initial story and one the next issue were written by Steve Englehart, but issue #20 (Sept. 1974), co-written by Gerry Conway and Doug Moench, and the same month's Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu #1, written by Moench, marked the beginning of an acclaimed Moench-Gulacy collaboration on the increasingly complex, cinematic feature about the son of longtime pulp fiction super villain Fu Manchu, who teams with British intelligence to try to bring down his father's labyrinthine plans for global domination.
With some exceptions, the writer-penciler team would continue through a serialized arc to issue #50 (March 1977), culminating with the apparent death of Fu Manchu.
During this time, Gulacy took on occasional other assignments, including the covers of the science fiction film adaptation Logan's Run #6 (June 1977) and of the Western The Rawhide Kid #147 (Sept. 1978), both for Marvel; and a 10-page preview of the graphic novel Sabre: Slow Fade of an Endangered Species, with writer Don McGregor, in the comics-magazine Heavy Metal vol. 2, #2 (June 1978; mislabeled "vol. 3, #2" in indicia);
Sabre (1978), one of the first graphic novels. Cover art by Gulacy.
With writer Don McGregor, Gulacy created one the first modern graphic novels, Eclipse Books' Sabre: Slow Fade of an Endangered Species. Published in August 1978 — two months before Will Eisner's more famous, graphic short-story collection A Contract with God — it was the first graphic novel to be sold in the new "direct market" of comic-book stores. Described on the credits page as a "comic novel" (the term "graphic novel" not being in common usage at the time), the trade paperback was priced at a then-considerable $6.00. It helped prove the new format's viability by going into a February 1979 second printing.
In 1979 and 1980, Gulacy drew several horror/sci-fi/fantasy stories for Warren Publishing's black-and-white comics magazines Eerie, Vampirella, and Warren Presents; some were reprinted in Eclipse Comics Nightmares #1-2 in 1985. Gulacy also drew the cover and the six-page story Libido, written by his Master of Kung Fu colleague Doug Moench, in the comics magazine Epic Illustrated #3 (Fall 1980).
Along with the covers for independent publisher Capital Comics' superhero title Nexus #1-2 (1981-1982), Gulacy drew covers and an occasional story for such anthology series as Marvel's Marvel Preview and Bizarre Adventures and Eclipse Comics' Eclipse: The Magazine. In 1983, he drew several covers for independent AC Comics' Black Diamond, Americomics, Starmasters, and Femforce Special before re-teaming with Moench on the four-issue, creator-owned Epic Comics miniseries Six from Sirius (July-Oct. 1984) and its four-issue sequel, Six from Sirius II (Dec. 1985 - March 1986).
Through the remainder of the decade, he drew primarily for Eclipse (the company's revival of the 1940s series Airboy and a new spin-off, Valkyrie) and Dark Horse Comics. Gulacy also broke into DC Comics with Batman #393-394 (March–April 1986), and the six-issue miniseries Slash Maraud (Nov. 1987 - April 1988), co-created with Moench. The two also collaborated on a series of eight-page chapters starring the superhero Coldblood which ran in the biweekly omnibus Marvel Comics Presents' #26-25 (Aug.-Nov. 1989).
During the 1990s, Gulacy worked primarily on Batman and such science-fiction movie properties as Terminator, Predator, and Star Wars, and co-created the Valiant Comics crime series Grackle.
Among the many titles Gulacy has drawn are the DC Comics Batman, Legends of the Dark Knight, Batman: Prey, Batman: Outlaws, Year One: Batman/Ra's al Ghul, Catwoman, Green Lantern: Dragon Lord and JSA: Classified; Acclaim Comics'Eternal Warrior and Turok, Dinosaur Hunter; Dark Horse Comics' Star Wars: Crimson Empire; and Penthouse Comix's Omni Comix.
In 2002, he combined his interest in science-fiction and spy stories in DC Comics' S.C.I. Spy, and that same year returned to his signature character with his and Doug Moench's six-issue Marvel miniseries Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu (Nov. 2002 - April 2003). Other Marvel work includes collaborations with writer Marc Guggenheim on the four-issue miniseries Squadron Supreme: Hyperion vs. Nighthawk (March–June 2007) and with writer Cary Bates on True Believers.