Peter Poplaski is an American cartoonist, painter, editor and author who shares his time between France and Wisconsin. He began his professional career in 1971 at Kitchen Sink Press as a staff artist, contributed to various underground comic books, eventually becoming the publisher’s Art Director. Poplaski designed covers and books for such notable artists as Harvey Kurtzman, Will Eisner and Milton Caniff while all three were alive. He edited and designed all but one of the twenty-six “Steve Canyon” magazines and books published by Kitchen Sink; designed and colored many of Eisner’s “Spirit” comic books, magazines and graphic novels, and designed and colored Kurtzman’s “Goodman Beaver,” as well as many other projects.
He also designed and participated in the editing dozens of Kitchen Sink’s Li’l Anner, Alley Oop, Flash Gordon and other classic newspaper strip collections. His mimicking abilities are so great that he has ghosted Al Capp covers, Steve Canyon pages and other artists so well that the estate or living artist himself could not tell the difference.
Poplaski drew the classic wraparound covers for the soft and hardcover editions of “Batman: The Dailies” (3 soft cover volumes + hardcover collection) “Batman: The Sundays” (soft + hard) “Superman: The Dailies” ” (3 soft cover volumes + hardcover collection) and “Superman: The Sundays” (soft + hard) co-published by Kitchen Sink and DC Comics.
Poplaski has developed a close association with Robert Crumb, beginning with designs for assorted Crumb merchandise, comix and books published by Kitchen Sink. He edited and designed “The R. Crumb Coffee Table Art Book” (Kitchen Sink and Little, Brown) and “The R. Crumb Handbook.” Crumb wrote the introduction to “The Sketchbook Adventures of Peter Poplaski,” while other fans (Mark Schultz, Harlan Ellison, Eisner and Frank Miller) wrote blurbs.
When Will Eisner died in January 2005, with “Expressive Anatomy,” the final volume of his educational trilogy unfinished, Poplaski was tapped by W. W. Norton to ink Eisner’s penciled art.
Poplaski is an accomplished oil painter whose landscapes, portraits and still lifes have graced numerous galleries. A life-long obsession with Zorro has permeated his work. He has painted numerous self-
portraits as Zorro, has the workld’s largest collection of Zorro posters, and is currently working on ZORRO: The Myth and the Image, a definitive definitive study of the masked heroic archetype. He frequently paints in the south of France in full Zorro costume, a technique that inevitably attracts customers to his work-in-progress, some of whom, attracted initially out of mere curiosity, leave impressed with his talent and a painting under their arm.
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Numerous books edited and designed by Poplaski have been nominated and won Eisner and Harvey Awards.