Born in 1955 near Philadelphia, and raised
outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, MARK SCHULTZ at age
six discovered both comics (notably Dell Comics' Tarzan,
and DC Comics' Superman, Metal Men and Hawkman),
and, through television broadcasts, classic adventure films,
in particular King Kong and the Tarzan series.
As a teenager, he was further inspired by the works of Edgar
Rice Burroughs and Robert E. Howard, and the illustrators
associated with them, especially Al Williamson, Roy Krenkel,
and Frank Frazetta.
Upon graduating from Kutztown State College
in 1977, Mark devoted his career to producing commercial illustration
until 1986, when a long-repressed desire to tell stories prevailed,
and he submitted an eight page Xenozoic introductory tale
to Kitchen Sink Press. Publisher Denis Kitchen
showed interest in the concept, and the first Xenozoic
adventure appeared in the eighth issue of the horror anthology
Death Rattle. Reader response was positive, leading
Kitchen Sink to offer Mark his own book. Xenozoic Tales
premiered in February of 1987. Schultz's painstaking attention
to detail and research translated often to a year between issues.
Fourteen memorable comic books, a 3-D adaptation and three collections
were published all told over a decade. The popular series even
inspired a line of candy bars.
Garnering critical praise and industry
awards, Xenozoic Tales was soon adapted into a
CBS-TV animated series. Thirteen episodes aired under
the name Cadillacs and Dinosaurs in 1993-94, with
associated product merchandising, including a master toy license
with Tyco. In addition Xenozoic Tales was translated
into eight different language editions.
In recent years, Mark has branched out,
co-creating and co-writing SubHuman, an underwater
adventure series, for Dark Horse Comics, and assuming
monthly scripting chores on Superman, Man of Steel,
for DC Comics. In addition, he continues to write and draw Xenozoic
stories, and to produce scripts and cover art for various other
comics projects, including Star Wars, Aliens,
Mark has been awarded five Harvey awards,
two Eisners, an Inkpot, a Spectrum, and three Haxturs (from the
Salon Del Internacional Comic del Princapado de Austurias). He
created seventy new illustrations and several paintings for Mythmaker,
a deluxe collection of Robert E. Howard's original Conan
stories, published by Wandering Star (2003). A novel based on
DC Comics's Flash character, will be published
by Pocket Books. Schultz is also developing Xenozoic Tales
as a novel.
Mark's artwork is strongly influenced by
his love for classic American illustration, and its roots. Some
of the artists he admires and studies include Winslow Homer,
Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Daniel Smith, Dean Cornwell,
Herbert Morton Stoops, and William Stout. Mark's principal
influences from within the comics field include Hal Foster,
Alex Raymond, Roy Crane, Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, Wally
Wood, and Al Williamson.
He, his wife (and letterer) Denise,
and their two cats live in the mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania.
For relaxation he hikes, travels, watches old movies, and tries
to keep current with developments in the biological and physical