Arthur Suydam (born May 18, 1953) is an American comic book artist who is most notable for being the central figure behind numerous comics-related controversies. He has done artwork for magazines including Heavy Metal, Epic Illustrated and National Lampoon, while his comic book work includes Batman, Conan, Tarzan, Predator, Aliens, Death Dealer, and Marvel Zombies.
|Born||May 18, 1953|
Arthur Suydam was born May 18, 1953. His great-uncle, John Suydam, was an artist in the 19th-century Hudson River School of painting. He began drawing at age four, and while in high school, discovered a collection of workbooks from the Famous Artists Correspondence Course, from which he discovered Albert Dorne and Norman Rockwell, who became his early influences. A reader of comics throughout his life, he was also inspired by the art of Frank Frazetta and Graham Ingels.
Suydam's creator-owned projects include Mudwogs and Mudwogs II, which first appeared in Heavy Metal magazine, and The Adventures of Cholly and Flytrap.
In 1993 Suydam joined the editorial staff of the erotic anthology magazine Penthouse Comix. In addition to contributing his "Libby in the Lost World" series to the publication, he also served as colorist on other contributors' contributions, and as an adviser to editors George Caragonne and Bob Guccione in selecting contributors to the magazine.
Suydam's other creator-owned work includes Arthur Suydam: The Art of the Barbarian, Skin Deep, The Alien Encounters Poster Book, Visions: The Art of Arthur Suydam, and Bedtime Stories for the Incarcerated.
Arthur Suydam's comic book work includes such titles as Batman, Conan, Tarzan, Predator, Aliens and Death Dealer. His cover work includes Marvel Zombies, Ghost Rider, Hellstorm, Moon Knight, Wolverine, Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness, and Raise the Dead.
Suydam created the box art for the game Touch the Dead, and provided the cover art to the Mickey Spillane (with Max Allan Collins) novel Dead Street. He has also done cover artwork for the horror punk band the Misfits, including their 2009 single "Land of the Dead" and 2011 album The Devil's Rain.
In 2015 several comics news sites began reporting on a controversy labeled '#tablegate' by fans on Twitter, after it was revealed that Arthur Suydam had been consistently commandeering tables from other artists at various conventions in order to expand his own display.
It was in the midst of this scandal that Savage Dragon creator Erik Larsen revealed via Twitter that Suydam had been using photo manipulation to doctor pictures of himself serving long lines of fans at conventions to make himself appear more popular. Suydam acknowledged that the image was doctored, but denied any involvement.
In 2019 Suydam made headlines again after his cover for DC Comics' DCeased comic was revealed to be a pixel-for-pixel swipe of a manipulated photograph created by a cosplayer known as 'Harley's Joker'. Suydam publicly denied this, then reached out to the original photographer offering to pay a modeling fee, but the offer was declined.
Sienkiewicz later went on to expand on his own negative experiences with Suydam.
Marvel Comics homage covers
The cover of each issue of the Marvel Zombies-related book is a homage cover of a famous cover from Marvel history, featuring zombie versions of the characters.
- Marvel Zombies #1, 1st printing – Amazing Fantasy #15, by Steve Ditko
- Marvel Zombies #1, 2nd printing – Spider-Man #1, by Todd McFarlane
- Marvel Zombies #1, 3rd printing – The Amazing Spider-Man #50, by John Romita, Sr.
- Marvel Zombies #1, 4th printing – The Incredible Hulk #1, by Jack Kirby
- Marvel Zombies #2 – Avengers #4, by Jack Kirby
- Marvel Zombies #3, 1st printing – The Incredible Hulk #340, by Todd McFarlane
- Marvel Zombies #3, 2nd printing – Daredevil #179, by Frank Miller
- Marvel Zombies #4, 1st printing – X-Men #1, by Jack Kirby
- Marvel Zombies #4, 2nd printing – Amazing Spider-Man #39, by John Romita, Sr.
- Marvel Zombies #5, 1st printing – Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21, by John Romita, Sr.
- Marvel Zombies #5, 2nd printing – Silver Surfer #1, by John Buscema
- Marvel Zombies collection, 1st printing – Secret Wars #1, by Mike Zeck
- Marvel Zombies collection, 2nd printing – Amazing Spider-Man #316, by Todd McFarlane
- Marvel Zombies collection, 3rd printing – Fantastic Four #49, by Jack Kirby
- Marvel Zombies collection, 4th printing – Avengers #1, by Jack Kirby
- Marvel Zombies collection, 5th printing – Mary Jane #2, by Takeshi Miyazawa
- Marvel Zombies collection, 6th printing is a homage to Iron Man #128, by Bob Layton
- Ultimate Fantastic Four #30 (variant cover) – Fantastic Four #1, by Jack Kirby
- Ultimate Fantastic Four #31 (variant cover) – Fantastic Four #51, by Jack Kirby
- Ultimate Fantastic Four #32 (variant cover), is a homage to Fantastic Four #8, by Jack Kirby
- Marvel Zombies: Dead Days – X-Men vol. 2 #1, by Jim Lee.
- Marvel Zombies vs Army of Darkness #1, 1st printing – X-Men #141, by John Byrne
- Marvel Zombies vs Army of Darkness #1, 2nd printing – X-Men #137, by John Byrne
- Marvel Zombies vs Army of Darkness #1, 3rd printing – Captain America #1, by Jack Kirby
- Marvel Zombies vs Army of Darkness #2 – X-Men #268, by Jim Lee
- Marvel Zombies vs Army of Darkness #3, 1st printing – Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man, by Dick Giordano
- Marvel Zombies vs Army of Darkness #3, 2nd printing – The Death of Captain Marvel graphic novel, by Jim Starlin
- Marvel Zombies vs Army of Darkness #4 – Captain America #100, by Syd Shores
- Marvel Zombies vs Army of Darkness #5 – Wolverine #1 (1982), by Frank Miller
- Black Panther #27 – Fantastic Four #3, by Jack Kirby
- Black Panther #28 – Fantastic Four #116, by John Buscema
- Black Panther #29 – Avengers #87, by John Buscema
- Black Panther #30 – Fantastic Four #4, by Jack Kirby
- Marvel Zombies Poster Book is a homage to Secret Wars #8 by Mike Zeck
- Marvel Zombies 2 #1 — the variant cover of Civil War #1, by Michael Turner
- Marvel Zombies 2 #2 – Marvel Comics #1, by Frank Paul
- Marvel Zombies 2 #3 – Tales of Suspense #39 by Don Heck
- Marvel Zombies 2 #4 – Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #4, by Jim Steranko
- Marvel Zombies 2 #5 – Silver Surfer #4, by John Buscema
Other homage covers for Marvel
- Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #1 – Savage Tales #1 comic cover
- Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #2 – Jaws movie poster
- Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #3 – Dawn of the Dead movie poster
- Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #4 – Scarface (1983) movie poster
- Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #5 – Pretty Woman movie poster
- Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #6 – Alien movie poster
- Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #7 – Trainspotting movie poster
- Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #8 – One Million Years B.C. movie poster
- Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #9 – The Graduate movie poster
- Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #10 – Frank Miller's Wolverine #1 cover
- Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #11 – Lone Wolf and Cub manga cover
- Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #12 – Nirvana – Nevermind album cover
- Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #13 – Silence of the Lambs movie cover
Other Marvel covers
- Amazing Spider-Girl #13 'Zombie' Variant
- Avengers/Invaders #9 Variant
- Fantastic Four #554 'Skrull' Variant
- Ghost Rider #08
- Ghost Rider #09
- Ghost Rider #10
- Ghost Rider #11
- Ghost Rider #30
- Ghost Rider #31
- Ghost Rider #32
- Ghost Rider #33
- Ghost Rider #34
- Ghost Rider #35
- Incredible Hercules #121
- Incredible Hercules #122 'Zombie' Variant
- Moon Knight #14 (3rd series, 2006)
- Moon Knight #15
- Moon Knight #16
- Moon Knight #17
- Moon Knight #18
- Moon Knight #19
- Moon Knight #21
- Moon Knight #22
- Moon Knight #23
- Moon Knight #24
- Moon Knight #25
- Rawhide Kid #4
- Thor #1 Variant
- Thor #1 'Zombie' Variant
- Wolverine #57
- Wolverine #58
- Wolverine #59
- Wolverine #60
- Wolverine #61
- Wolverine Origins #10 Variant
- Caragonne, George (Ed.; November/December 1994). "Suydam", Penthouse Comix #4, pp. 85, 86 and 89.
- Manning, Shaun (April 29, 2009). "Arthur Suydam on 'Cholly & Flytrap'". Comic Book Resources.
- Johnston, Rich. "Table Swipe File: Arthur Suydam At Montreal Comiccon (Response Update)," Bleeding Cool (July 4, 2015).
- Larsen, Eric. "So many fans--yet clearly different lighting--something looks very wrong here," Twitter (Jul 3, 2015).
- Johnston, Rich. "Now Arthur Suydam Offers to Pay Harley’s Joker For Cover ‘Reference’," Bleeding Cool (July 9, 2019).
- Sienkiewicz, Bill. Facebook post of July 8, 2019). Accessed Nov. 6, 2019.
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