RICK GEARY was born in 1946 in Kansas City, Missouri and grew up in Wichita,

Kansas. He graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where his first

cartoons were published in the University Daily Kansan.

He worked as staff artist for two weekly papers in Wichita before moving to San

Diego in 1975.


He began work in comics in 1977 and was for thirteen years a contributor to the

Funny Pages of National Lampoon. His comic stories have also been published in

Heavy Metal, Dark Horse Comics and the DC Comics/Paradox Press Big Books. His

early comic work has been collected in Housebound with Rick Geary from

Fantagraphics Books.


During a four-year stay in New York, his illustrations appeared regularly in The

New York Times Book Review. His illustration work has also been seen in MAD,

Spy, Rolling Stone, The Los Angeles Times, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, and

American Libraries.


He has written and illustrated three children’s books based on The Mask for Dark

Horse and two Spider-Man children's books for Marvel. His children’s comic

“Society of Horrors” ran in Disney Adventures magazine. He was the artist for

the new series of GUMBY Comics, written by Bob Burden, for which they received

the 2007 Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best Publication for a Younger



His graphic novels include three adaptations for the Classics Illustrated, and

the nine-volume series A Treasury of Victorian Murder for NBM Publishing. The

new series A Treasury of 20th Century Murder began in 2008 with “The Lindbergh

Child.” His other historically-based graphic novels include Cravan, written

with Mike Richardson, and J. Edgar Hoover: A Graphic Biography.


Rick has received the Inkpot Award from the San Diego Comic Convention (1980)

and the Book and Magazine Illustration Award from the National Cartoonists

Society (1994).


He and his wife Deborah can be found every year at their table at San Diego’s

Comic Con International. In 2007, they moved to the town of Carrizozo, New



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