Pablo Marcos is considered to be one of the most popular artists
of Marvels Golden Age of Horror. He is best known for
his extraordinary work in " Tales of the Zombie" and
"Conan the Barbarian".
His expressive and intense figures within their serenely detailed
backgrounds create a sensuous experience. Pablo was born in
Laran Chincha Alta, Peru on March 31st 1937. He studied
art as an apprentice under the guidance of Juan Rivera Saavedra
in Lima at the early age of ten. Juan Rivera exposed Pablo to
many Peruvian artists as well as introducing him to the works
created in Argentina, Chile, Italy and the United States. His
ability to grasp the aesthetics of artists like Burne Hogarth,
Hal Foster, Hugo Pratt, Alex Raymond and Arturo Del Castillo
got Pablo recognized by political cartoonist Julio Fairle at
the young age of 13.
Pablo substituted for Fairle on the popular political newspaper
La Prensa doing political spot illustrations
and was quickly recommended to do regular commission
work on a mainstream Peruvian newspaper.
Later Pablo acquired work for two more regular political magazine
jobs at Rochabus and Zamba Conuto, while acquiring a major in
economic science at the University of Lima in Peru.
By 1960 Pablo Marcos married Norma Martinez and had his first
child, Judith. He began work, later that year, as Art Director
on the newspaper Expreso in which he was hired to sketch several
police and political events, airplane accidents, earthquakes,
and historical events. In 1963 his second Gisella was born while
Pablo was working on an evening paper edition called Extra,
doing the papers comic strip called James Bond 007. Soon
after, he was also working on Estampa, the weekly supplement
In early 1965, Carlos Sanchez, Expresos editor assigned
Pablo to cover a camera banned sentencing of a prisoner at the
citys jail. The rapist was found guilty and was executed
by a firing squad, which Pablo detailed in an illustration for
the newspaper. The illustration
brought him national recognition from all the major Peruvian
Pablos newfound fame brought him many more high profile
advertising projects and political
spot illustration work from other publishers. The Peruvian publishers
commissioned him to cover the
Seven Day War, the capture and the death of Che Guevara, the
major quakes of Peru and Italy and the worlds greatest
Norma, Pablos third daughter, was born in 1967 and Pablo
traveled to Mexico on vacation and was recommended to meet Marino
Sagastegul at the EditorialNovoro, who quickly offered him freelance
illustration jobs. By 1968 Pablo
was working on the series for Novoro Called Legends of America,
as he his family and his newborn son, Pablo, moved to Mexico.
In 1970 Pablo moved to New Jersey, and met with Israel Waldman,
the owner of Skywald publishing, in New York. He worked on several
illustration projects with Sol
Brodsky and developed a lifelong friendship. Sol Brodsky also
introduced him to fellow Peruvian artist and mentor Boris Vallejo.
Boris guided Pablo professionally and helped him with his immigration
status and the English language. Sol also was working at Marvel
Entertainment, and asked Pablo to collaborate with him on several
projects and later became his staff assistant. Stan Lee and
Sol Brodsky were now producing weekly British comics in which
Pablo worked on the color and zip a-tone processing. He
also worked on many comic books covers such as Captain Britain,
Planet of the Apes, Hulk, Dracula at Marvel while doing freelance
work for the Italian book called Tremia Dollari Per Ebenezer
Cross Western Story.
Marcos was hitting his stride, and when Steve Gerber wrote Tales
of the Zombie, Marvel brought Pablo on board to do the sequential
artwork. D.C. was also taking notice and began sending consistent
By 1982, Pablo Marcos undertook a second fully artistic task
when he accepted sequential work
doing Dragon for Ejea Magazine. After five 32 page books, Pablo
had to end his run to begin work on Kull and later the Adventures
of Conan series. He also began inking over John Buscema, and
was doing the Conan newspaper strip as well.
Pablo Marcos had established himself as an iconic illustrator,
receiving praise from fans and friends, but in September of
1985, he began to decrease his workload and withdrew from many
high profile projects to attend to his severely ill wife. Marvel,
D.C. and other publishers understood Pablos troubles and
they were very accommodating by offering him secured inking
work. He was now spending long days at the New York University
Medical Center to be at the side of his loving wife. In November,
Norma lost her fight with her illness and passed away.
Devastated by his wifes death; Pablo immersed himself
in his work more than ever.
In the summer of 1987 Pablo was introduced to artist Myriam
Giraldo, who became his assistant on many of his Projects and
by December 10th they would become husband and wife.
He was now doing full illustrations
on the popular Star Trek the Next Generation graphic novel for
D.C. Soon after that he would write and illustrate his first
full story in the pages of Heavy Metal magazine called Norka.
The 1990s and the new millennium has brought even more
high profile Illustration and
advertising projects such as Sports Illustrated for Kids, Soccer
Jr. magazine, Crossgen comics, and a Classics Illustrated book
series for Waldman Publishing that he started in the 1970s.
This website, Illustrated visions, is a testament to his versatility,
his love of art, and his hard work ethic. This website provides
and diverse look into Pablos career.
The work presented is a fraction of extensive work, butI think,
demonstrates Pablos unique style and wide artisticrange
of in the medium of print.
As a colleague and friend, it is my honor to write this biography
and introduce others to the work he has done.He is a constant
inspiration and a guiding spirit to me.