Paul Ryan


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    Biography

    Paul Ryan (September 23, 1949 – March 7, 2016) was an American comic artist. Ryan worked extensively for Marvel Comics and DC Comics on a number of super-hero comic book titles. He is best known for his 1991 to 1996 run as penciler on Fantastic Four, which represents his longest association with an individual comic book series. From 2005 until his death in 2016, Ryan penciled and inked the daily newspaper comic strip The Phantom for King Features Syndicate. Paul Ryan was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, in 1949. He attended St. Polycarp Grammar School in Somerville, and graduated from St. Mary of the Annunciation High School in 1967. He graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1971 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design. After graduation Ryan enlisted in the United States National Guard and was assigned to Fort Dix, New Jersey, for Basic Training and AIT (Advanced Individual Training) in automotive mechanics. He later attended Massachusetts Military Academy in Wakefield, Massachusetts, for officer training. Ryan was a member of his National Guard pistol team, studied karate and fencing in his younger days, and at one time took up archery and weight training. As a young man, Ryan found a job in the Graphics Department of Metcalf & Eddy Engineering in Boston, where he worked for 11 years. According to a 2007 interview, "Ryan began his training [for a career in comic art] as a child, growing up in Somerville. He'd park himself in front of the television each night to watch George Reeves in the Adventures of Superman." Ryan began drawing one-page comic stories in grade school, inspired by his love of comics to create his own. He has said that as a youngster in the Silver Age, he was influenced by the work of Wayne Boring and Curt Swan on Superman. In 1961, Ryan became a big fan of the Fantastic Four of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, having "bought the first issue at the tender age of 11." He has acknowledged that even as a youth he studied the work of Hal Foster, Sy Barry, Dan Barry, and Mac Raboy, adding "I'm pretty much influenced by anybody whose work I admire." In 1983, in response to a general "open audition" offer from Charlton Comics, Ryan was finally prompted to write and draw his first full-scale comics story, which he titled "BREED". Charlton had recently instituted a program whereby they would publish the best of the work submitted by aspiring comic book artists in Charlton Bullseye. Payment would be in the form of 50 contributor copies of the printed piece. The artist would then have published work to show Marvel Comics or DC Comics in the hopes of landing a job with the "Big Two." Charlton accepted Ryan's story, encouraging him that a career in comics was within reach, but the title was cancelled before "BREED" saw print. The remaining stories from Bullseye ended up in the hands of Bill Black of Americomics in Florida, and Black published "BREED" in Starmasters #1 (March 1984). This brought Ryan to the attention of comic book stores in the Boston area. When Marvel artist Bob Layton moved to Boston and needed an assistant, the employees at these stores recommended Paul Ryan to Layton. Ryan worked for Layton for a year doing his backgrounds, and through him met the editors and staff at Marvel. Layton is said to have played a vital role in Ryan's development. Ryan said that his only formal training in comics came in that 1983-1984 span, working as Bob Layton's assistant while also preparing his penciling samples for Marvel. By this time Ryan, having taken a circuitous route toward a career in comic art, was in his middle 30s. Speaking about his work as a comic book penciler, Ryan described his process: "I read the stories and 'see' what it should look like in my mind, do a thumbnail sketch of the picture in my head and then go to full size drawing paper." Although known primarily for his pencil art for comic books, Ryan said that he preferred to ink his own pencils: "I have worked with some amazing inkers. Some inkers made my work look better than it was. Some other inkers... not so much. When I ink my pencils, the readers get to see what I can do. The Phantom daily strip from 2006. Art by Paul Ryan. On The Phantom, Ryan penciled and inked. When asked how long it takes to produce his daily comic strip, Ryan estimated "four hours to pencil a strip and three hours to ink it in, crafting lighting and shadows." Ryan began with penciling only the line work. "I work out the lighting, shadows and texture in the inking stage. I go in with the brush first and hit all the shadows and large dark areas. This helps define the page. Then I go in with a finer brush or pen to add details, texture or contour lines." Ryan's art was characterized by a strong story-telling sense, careful attention to design and perspective, and solid knowledge of anatomy—on a strip that he at one time drew for publication 365 days a year. While Ryan kept reference books handy, he gave more credit to observation—and an artist's eye—for his knowledge of human anatomy as well as the structure of the world around us. "Whenever I'm in any situation, I'll constantly try to memorize things. I'll memorize a face, a room, and actually mentally outline everything." He also took particular notice of shadows. Drawings of the real people in his life, such as family and friends, appeared in his comics. He said that his eye was especially drawn to the character expressed in older faces. "You see so much history in the face. And that's something I try to bring into the work. Ryan confessed to having run around his neighborhood as a youngster with a makeshift Superman cape tied around his neck ("I got beat up a lot", he joked), and his emotional identification with comic characters continued into his professional years: "I find that while I'm illustrating a story I become so focused that I feel as if I'm [actually] in the story, taking the part of each of the characters as I draw them," Ryan said.

    Artistic production

    Comic Title Role Publisher Year Language
    Fantastic Four #368 Illustrator Marvel 0 English
    Acts of vengeance omnibus Illustrator Marvel 2011 English
    Emergency stop Author Dc Comics 2008 English
    Wolverine 5 Author Diamond 2006 English
    In search of doom! Author Diamond 2006 English
    D.P. 7 classic Author Marvel Publishing 2007 English
    Quasar classic. Volume 1 Author Marvel 2012 English
    The invincible Iron Man : dragon seed saga Author Diamond 2008 English
    Strange days Author Marvel 2015 English
    The Flash by Grant Morrison and Mark Millar Author Dc Comics 2016 English
    Death of a universe Author Diamond 2006 English
    Avengers : operation: galactic storm. Vol. 2 Author Marvel 2006 English
    Squadron supreme Author Marvel 2013 English
    Spider-Man: le storie indimenticabili #4 - Il bacio del Ragno Illustrator RCS Quotidiani 2007 Italian
    X-Men Deluxe #15 Inker Marvel Italia 1996 Italian
    The Savage Goes West #202 Illustrator Marvel Comics 1986 English
    "Starting Line-Up" #329 Illustrator Cover Artist Marvel Comics 1991 English
    "Along Came a Spider..." #314 Cover Artist Illustrator Marvel Comics 1990 English
    "To Find Olympia!" #309 Illustrator Cover Artist Marvel Comics 1989 English
    "Underlying Currents" #320 Illustrator Cover Artist Marvel Comics 1990 English
    "Has the Whole World Gone Mad?!?" #312 Illustrator Cover Artist Marvel Comics 1989 English
    "One World's Not Enough For All of Us" #323 Cover Artist Marvel Comics 1990 English
    "Thieves Honor" #313 Illustrator Cover Artist Marvel Comics 1990 English
    "Business as Usual" #317 Illustrator Cover Artist Marvel Comics 1990 English
    "Into a Darkling Plain" #327 Illustrator Cover Artist Marvel Comics 1990 English
    "Pediments of Clay" #331 Illustrator Cover Artist Marvel Comics 1991 English
    "The Many Faces of Doom" #332 Illustrator Cover Artist Marvel Comics 1991 English
    "In a Strange Land" #330 Cover Artist Illustrator Marvel Comics 1991 English
    "Avengers Assemble!" #305 Illustrator Marvel Comics 1989 English
    "Journey" #308 Illustrator Cover Artist Marvel Comics 1989 English
    "Powers That Be!" #328 Illustrator Cover Artist Marvel Comics 1991 English
    "Doomsday Plus One!" #315 Illustrator Cover Artist Marvel Comics 1990 English
    "The Weakest Point" #311 Illustrator Cover Artist Marvel Comics 1989 English
    "There is a Fire Down Below" #306 Illustrator Cover Artist Marvel Comics 1989 English
    "Death in Olympia!" #310 Illustrator Cover Artist Marvel Comics 1989 English
    "Bombs Away!" #322 Illustrator Cover Artist Marvel Comics 1990 English
    "Imaginary Borders" #324 Illustrator Cover Artist Marvel Comics 1990 English
    "Wind From the East" #326 Illustrator Cover Artist Marvel Comics 1990 English
    "Metamorphosis" #307 Illustrator Cover Artist Marvel Comics 1989 English
    "Missing Links" #321 Cover Artist Marvel Comics 1990 English
    "The Waterwind Interdiction" #319 Cover Artist Marvel Comics 1990 English
    "Behind the Masque!" #32 Illustrator Marvel Comics 2000 English
    "A Vengeful God!" #318 Illustrator Cover Artist Marvel Comics 1990 English
    "Tainted Love" #33 Illustrator Marvel Comics 2000 English
    Veinte Preguntas #3 Illustrator Comics Forum 0 Spanish
    Nobody Gets Out Alive #387 Writer Marvel Comics 0 English
    Into The Deep #385 Illustrator Marvel Comics 1994 English
    Innerverse! #363 Writer Illustrator Marvel 1992 English
    Watchers Lie! #398 Writer Illustrator Marvel 1995 English
    "Deadly is the Dark Raider" #388 Illustrator Cover Artist Marvel Comics 1994 English
    ¡ El Día De La Oscuridad ! ( La Guerra Del Infinito Crossover ) #127 Author Comics Forum 0 Spanish
    Behold A Fatal Future #389 Writer Illustrator Marvel Comics 1994 English
    The Thing Vs. Gator #29 Inker Marvel Comics 1985 English
    Hawkeye - The Great Escape / Black Knight - Knight's Errant #4 Illustrator Marvel Comics 1988 English
    Whatever The Cost #3 Inker Marvel Comics 2001 English
    Locura Desenfrenada #2 Illustrator Comics Forum 0 Spanish
    Horror En La Roca Infernal #3 Illustrator Comics Forum 0 Spanish
    La Marca De Mutroid #4 Illustrator Comics Forum 0 Spanish
    El Poder Y El Peligro #5 Illustrator Comics Forum 0 Spanish
    Ravage 2099 #1 Illustrator Marvel Comics 1992 English
    ¡ La Venganza De Dragonklaw ! #6 Illustrator Comics Forum 0 Spanish
    JLA: Schwerter der Zeit Illustrator Eaglemoss France 0 German
    Niemandsland Illustrator Inker Dino Verlag 2001 German
    The Wedding #21 Illustrator Marvel 0 English
    The Clinic #1 Illustrator Marvel Comics Group 1986 English
    Strange # 325 Illustrator Semic 1997 French
    Strange # 326 Illustrator Semic 1997 French
    Strange # 327 Illustrator Semic 1997 French
    Strange # 328 Illustrator Semic 1997 French
    Strange # 329 Illustrator Semic 1997 French
    L'Instant Crucial (1/2) #140 Illustrator Panini Comics 2011 French
    Star Masters #1 Author AC Comics 1984 English
    Double Disaster! #126 Illustrator Dc Comics 1997 English
    Borrowed Time #9 Illustrator Marvel Comics 1986 English
    "When Lives the Lightning" #63 Cover Artist Illustrator Marvel Comics 1990 English
    Acts of vengence #54 Inker Marvel 0 English
    "History of Change" #2 Illustrator Dc Comics 1999 English
    Hero or Villain? #7 Illustrator Dc Comics 0 English

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