After graduating from Florida State University with a degree in Advertising Design and serving a stint for Uncle Sam, Bill Black began his professional comic book career in 1969 illustrating horror stories for Warren Publications’s CREEPY and EERIE magazines. That same year, after learning of comic book fandom, he started Paragon Publications, and published “prozines” titled PARAGON ILLUSTRATED, FEMFANTASTIQUE, CAPTAIN PARAGON, GOLDEN-AGE GREATS and others. Here he first delineated the adventures of his creations SYNN- GIRL FROM LSD, TARA ON THE DARK CONTINENT, CAPTAIN PARAGON, SCARLET SCORPION, THE STARMASTERS, MS. VICTORY, STORMY TEMPEST and others. During the 1970′s Black worked in advertising and in film production at the FSU Media Center, Franceschi Advertising (Tallahassee), American Learning Systems (Orlando) and illustrated comics for Marvel Comics. In 1982 he launched AC Comics, one of the first 5 Independent comic book publishers in America and the only one of that group still in business. In the past 29 years, Black has written hundreds of stories, a few books, launched over 150 different comic book titles and had “hands on” in some capacity with over 1000 comic books and by-products. He created FEMFORCE, historically the first all female super team in comics. That title still continues after over a quarter of a century. In this title are featured NIGHTVEIL, MS. VICTORY, SHE-CAT, SYNN, TARA, BLUE BULLETEER, STARDUST and dozens of other original creations as well as revived characters from comic book history. Black is also very interested in the history of comic books and has published many titles devoted to reprinting lost comic book stories of the past. The most enduring of these are MEN OF MYSTERY, BEST OF THE WEST and CRYPT OF HORROR. Being a fan of B Westerns, Black contracted, in the 1980′s, to publish the adventures of ROY ROGERS, LASH LaRUE, TOM MIX and many other movie cowboys including his particular favorite, THE DURANGO KID.
In the last few years Black has returned to his filmmaking roots producing and directing many live-action films featuring characters from his comic book line such as NIGHTVEIL, THE BLUE BULLETEER, SYNN, GARGANTA, STORMY TEMPEST and NYOKA THE JUNGLE GIRL. Trailers of the micro-budget films can be found on youtube and on AC’s sister site www.cultretro.com.
Now, Rebekah Black knew little about mainstream comics while at Florida State University studying Interior Design. She did have the experience of reading Disney Comics and Little LuLu , along with Archie Comics as a child. She also had two close relatives that called her “Little Iodine” after the comic book character of the ’50′s. When she met and married Bill he produced a pile of Fantastic Four comics for her to read so that she would know what he was talking about. She found the whole idea of superheroes and heroines fascinating and fun….the fact that people had super powers was not silly, but rather a great fantasy (perhaps because she had always thought it would be wonderful to fly like a bird).
Rebekah taught Interior Design at Florida State, while Bill was with the Media Center, and they later moved to Central Florida where AC Comics was eventually born. She began her career in the comic book industry as a colorist, office manager, publicist, etc. Presently, her chief responsibility, besides keeping Bill in line and telling everyone what to do, is reminding pencilers like Brad Gorby not to make the FF ladies’ bustline too large!
In her free time, Rebekah worries about family members (including the cats) reads nonfiction., snoozes in front of the TV and tries to stay awake through the evening news.
Mark was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1959, started working in the comic industry in 1980 and moved to Florida in 1990. He currently shares the AC studio with his wife, Stephanie and bosses Bill and Rebekah Black.
Mark is the Associate Editor at AC Comics , where he has written, penciled or inked virtually every AC character, at one time or another. Mark is best known for his work on Femforce. He worked on the first issue of that title and nearly a hundred issues since. Mark plotted and drew the first Ms. Victory story in Captain Paragon # 1 and the Synn Special # 1. He also penciled Nightveil’s solo series. Mark was the editor in charge of Big ‘Uns and All Hero Retro Annual #1. He currently spends most of his time doing production, art recreations and interviews for AC’s acclaimed line of Golden Age and Western historical reprint books.
In addition to his AC comics work, Mark has freelanced for All Star Arena, Antarctic Press, Acclaim, Big Entertainment, Charlton, DC, Eclipse, First, Image, Sky/Knight Press, Lorne-Harvey, Malibu, Marvel, Milestone, Motown Animation, Now , Top Cow, TSR, T. V. comics and has worked on commercial projects featuring properties like Star Trek, Star Wars, Aliens v.s. Predator, Green Hornet, Munsters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, X-Men, Xena: Warrior Princess, Witchblade and more.
Mark is available for freelance work. If you would like to know more, please email him.