Best known as an inker, and for his frequent collaborations with penciller Carlos Pacheco, Spanish comic artist Jesús Merino is a graduate of the Universidad de Sevilla. Influenced by such artists as Frank Robbins, Jean Giraud, Hal Foster, Richard Corben, Milton Caniff, and Katsuhiro Otomo, Merino’s style is crisp, detailed, and powerful. His early work includes three miniseries’ from Spanish publisher Planeta-DeAgostini; Aníbal Gris (1996), Jaque Mate (1997) and Triada Vértice (1998).
In 1998, inking Pacheco’s layouts, Merino worked on the Justice Society of America, illustrating such classic Golden Age heroes as Green Lantern, The Flash, and Wildcat as well as new members of the JSA like Power Girl. Other work for DC includes Action Comics, Superman, Superman/Batman, and Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen.
In 2011, when DC launched their New 52 event, Merino teamed with George Pérez to illustrate the new Superman series. Pérez, while best known as an artist, assumed the writing duties for the series with Merino serving as penciler. The series was well received, remaining one of the more popular of the New 52 releases.
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