Gulacy was my favorite comic book artist.
His work on Master of Kung Fu [I know, dumb title,
but what a really great comic!] made his reputation,
but that was just his start.
was Paul's next claim to fame and it raised the bar
even higher. [Not only was it the best art Gulacy
had created up to that point, but Sabre was also
the first graphic novel created for the direct market!]
I used to talk to Paul on a fairly regular basis
back in the late 70's and early 80's. I loved
those conversations. Paul was not only a quick wit
but also had the uncanny ability to impersonate famous voices.
He did a killer Brando and Clint Eastwood
as well as many, many others.
that time I was collecting and dealing in original comic
art and of course Paul was my favorite artist.
In 1980 I commissioned Paul to do a Stallone
for me [and it was the only piece that I kept when I stopped
collecting art back in 1983]. When I finally got
to meet Paul [at a comic convention in
Atlanta] I found him to be the same charming man in
person that he was on the phone.
Paul invited me to sit and talk with him as he sketched
for the fans. So there I was, this kid of 19 or 20
sitting at a table that consisted of some of the biggest
names in comics... Paul Gulacy, Michaael Kaluta,
At one point a kid was walking down the line getting autographs.
He asked me who I as he handed me his autograph book. I
replied, "Oh, I'm nobody." Paul quickly
spoke up, saying, "This is Craig Zablo. He's
a friend of mine." Wow! Even now, nearly 25 years later,
I still smile when I think about that.
Sadly, Paul and I lost touch over the years. I drifted
away from collecting art and Paul was doing
less and less comic book work. Still, I always kept
my eye out for the rare Gulacy cover or story that
would pop up from time to time.
Art of Paul Gulacy is now available for pre-order.
It's scheduled for shipping on April 1st [No fooling!
The same day that Sin City is going to open at theaters!].
It's funny, but in the last few years, Paul has
started doing comic art regularly again, and I've
started collecting Stallone-themed
sketches. And to think that the Paul Gulacy
piece started it all!