September 6, 1949 |
Mike Zeck was born in Greenville, Pennsylvania, to Michael and Kathryn Jean Zeck. He attended the Ringling School of Art in 1967, and after graduation worked at the Migrant Education Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He began his comics career in 1974, doing illustration assignments for the text stories in Charlton Comics' animated line of comics, which led to work on their horror titles. During this period he lived briefly in the Derby, Connecticut, area where Charlton was headquartered, rooming with writer-artist-animator Daniel Reed.
In 1977, Zeck started working for Marvel Comics by doing fill-in work on Master of Kung Fu, and has since worked on such titles as Aquaman, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Green Lantern, Captain America, G.I. Joe, Lobo, and Deathstroke, The Terminator.
He may be best known for his 1987 work on the "Kraven's Last Hunt" storyline, written by J. M. DeMatteis, in the Spider-Man titles and the 1986 Punisher miniseries written by Steven Grant, and collected as Circle Of Blood, as well as the 1984 miniseries Secret Wars. For this series, he and fellow artist Rick Leonardi designed a new black-and-white costume temporarily worn by Spider-Man, which eventually became the basis of the design of supervillain Venom.
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