.Recently, while doing portfolio reviews and mock interviews I was asked by Art Instructor (and comic afficianado) Grant Hottle who my influences were. I replied Frank Frazetta, Barry Smith, Jack Kirby and Will Eisner. While acknowledging their worthiness, he asked me who I liked that were a bit more “current”. I really wasn’t prepared to answer that question. So a trip to the library was in order. I selected the official graphic novel adaptation of Steig Larsson’s ‘Millennium Trilogy’, brought to life by bestselling mystery novelist Denise Mina and illustrated by Leonardo Manco and Andrea Mutti, with a spectacular cover by Lee Bermejo.
I was particularly impressed with the pages done by Leonardo, and decided to Google his bio and art.
Leonardo Manco was born on December 16th, 1971, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he resides.
He started his career in the world of comics in 1989, working for Argentinean publishers, and some of his works where also published in Italy.
In 1991, he leaps forward and starts working for Marvel Comics, for which he made several books, such as Hellstorm( Prince of Lies), Druid, Captain America, Wolverine, werewolf by night, among others. In 2001 he was assigned a single issue of Batman( Gotham Knights) making his first contribution for DC Comics. 2002 saw him illustrating HorrorTalk.
In 2003 he was able get the DC Comics Hellraiser series, which he is still working on along with other current DC Comics projects.
Imagine that! The “current” whiz kid I admired is actually a veteran practitioner, with many years of style development behind him. I love his stuff (depending on who’s inking it)…what do you think?