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Paul Kupperberg : biography

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Paul Kupperberg (born June 14, 1955) is a former editor for DC Comics, and a prolific writer of comic books and newspaper strips.

Biography

Kupperberg entered the comics field from comics fandom, as had his brother, writer/artist Alan Kupperberg. Paul (with Paul Levitz) produced the comics fanzine The Comic Reader between 1971–1973, and Etcetera between 1972-1973.

Comics

Kupperberg has written an estimated 600 comic book stories, at the Grand Comics Database primarily at DC, for the Julius Schwartz-edited Superman, Action Comics, Supergirl, and Superboy titles, as well as the new Doom Patrol, Vigilante, Green Lantern, The Brave and the Bold, Showcase, Superman Family, House of Mystery, Weird War Tales, Justice League of America, Ghosts, Star Trek, Aquaman, Adventure Comics, The Savage Sword of Conan, and many others. He and artist Jan Duursema co-created the Arion character in Warlord #55 (March 1982) and the Arion, Lord of Atlantis series was launched in November 1982. That same month saw the debut of The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl by Kupperberg and Carmine Infantino.Manning, Matthew K. "1980s" in Dolan, p. 198 "With the guidance of writer Paul Kupperberg and prolific artist Carmine Infantino, Supergirl found a home in the city of Chicago in a new ongoing series." Kupperberg scripted the first appearance of Keith Giffen's Ambush Bug character in DC Comics Presents #52 (Dec. 1982)Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 199: "[Ambush Bug] made his debut in the pages of DC Comics Presents #52...[by] writer Paul Kupperberg and artist Keith Giffen." A revival of the Doom Patrol series by Kupperberg and Steve Lightle began in October 1987Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 229: "October [1987] saw a new Doom Patrol series, by writer Paul Kupperberg and artist Steve Lightle." and Kupperberg and Steve Erwin launched the Checkmate! series six months later.Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 235: "The clandestine government operation Checkmate began its monthly adventures in April [1988] in its self-titled ongoing series by writer Paul Kupperberg and artist Steve Erwin." Kupperberg created the Takion series as well. He wrote the syndicated Superman newspaper comic strip (with Jose Delbo) from 1981–1985 and the Tom and Jerry newspaper strip from 1990-1991.

Miniseries

Kupperberg wrote the first comic book miniseries, The World of Krypton in 1979.McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 181: "The worldwide success of Superman: The Movie motivated [DC] to publish more Superman-related titles. With that, editor E. Nelson Bridwell oversaw a project that evolved into comics' first official limited series - World of Krypton...Featuring out-of-this-world artwork from Howard Chaykin, [Paul] Kupperberg's three-issue limited series explored Superman's homeworld." He co-wrote Secrets of the Legion of Super-Heroes with E. Nelson Bridwell.Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 192: "This was DC's third foray into the world of the world of the miniseries...Plotted by E. Nelson Bridwell, with a script by Paul Kupperberg, Secrets of the Legion of Super-Heroes featured the art of Jim Janes." Kupperberg's other mini-series include The Phantom Stranger (with Mike Mignola and P. Craig Russell), Power Girl, Peacemaker, Super Powers (with Jack Kirby), and the first comic book adaptation of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. He has also written movie parodies and humor for Marvel’s Crazy Magazine (1977–1983), the series Trash for Britain’s 2000 AD, with artist Nigel Dobbyn, and The Online Multipath Adventures of Superman web-animation (1998). Most of his current comic book writing appears in the DC-published Cartoon Network licensed comics on such characters as Johnny Bravo, I.M. Weasel, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, and Scooby-Doo.

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