Joe Jusko

Joe Jusko was born September 1, 1959 in Manhattan, exactly eighty-four years after Edgar Rice Burroughs. As a young man, Joe displayed a talent for art and a fondness for comic characters such as Spider-man and the Avengers, as well as science fiction films and the Classic Universal Monsters. At the age of twelve, his varied interests culminated in the publishing of a Frankenstein drawing in Monster Times. By eighteen, he had sold his first cover painting to Heavy Metal magazine where he apprenticed under classic illustrator Howard Chaykin. At Chaykin's insistence, Joe joined Marvel Comics in 1978 and quickly began painting comic covers. After a three year sojourn as a New York city policeman, he returned to Marvel, where he gained prominence painting comic covers and posters. In October of 1991, Marvel approached Joe about painting an original card series based on Marvel comic heroes and villians. Marvel Masterpieces made it's debut in November 1992 and became an instant success. In 1994, FPG released Joe Jusko's Edgar Rice Burroughs trading card series containing 60 new paintings of Burroughs' classic characters and settings. Another series was soon to follow, making Joe Jusko the most prolific of any artist to paint the worlds of Burroughs. In 1997, Joe painted the 2-part Harris Comics Vampirella Blood Lust comic books along with a series of trading cards. He currently works and resides in Pittsburg, PA.

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