John Arcudi is an American comic book writer, best known for his work on The Mask and B.P.R.D., and his series Major Bummer.
The son of a renowned professor of Italian literature, Arcudi grew up in Buffalo, New York during the 1970s. He attended Columbia University, where he majored in English and devoured the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs and William Faulkner with equal enthusiasm.
After serving various apprenticeships on the fringes of the comic industry, including a stint at the New York branch of Forbidden Planet and the United Features comic syndicate, Arcudi joined Malibu Comics upon its founding in 1986, working on its Eternity line. At the same time he started writing for comics, making his first sales to Savage Tales and Savage Sword of Conan in 1986, and becoming a regular contributor to the humor magazine Cracked.
Arcudi’s work on The Mask was preceded by a number of effective graphic novels based on films, including RoboCop, Terminator, Predator, Alien, and The Thing. Two of these graphic works were subsequently adapted as full-length novels published by Bantam Books. His most recent work in this line, Aliens: Alchemy, was illustrated by Richard Corben. Arcudi’s series Barb Wire, featuring bounty hunter and bartendress Barbara Kopetski, was adapted into a film starring Pamela Anderson.
A lifelong aficionado of hardboiled crime novels, Arcudi also scripted several highly effective stories published in Dark Horse Presents, a series called “The Creep,” and a police procedural called “Homicide”. The protagonist of the latter, Detective Will Ford, was named in homage to one of Arcudi’s literary heroes, Charles Willeford. He has returned to the form recently with several scripts for Batman: The Dark Knight and Batman: Black and White.
Arcudi joined the stable of writers at Dark Horse Comics. He worked on developing the character The Mask first in Mayhem #1-4, and then in a highly successful series of books illustrated by Doug Mahnke. Arcudi’s work formed the basis of the feature film starring Jim Carrey.
Arcudi and Mahnke teamed up for several projects besides the Mask. Most notable among these was the series Major Bummer published by DC Comics. The series focuses on a defective band of superheros, including a slightly senile time traveler, an incompetent super vocalist, a man who can stick to things and the main character, a slacker who doesn't care about his super-genius and strength. The title was canceled after only 15 issues.
Arcudi also did a stint on Gen13, illustrated by Gary Frank and Cam Smith, and wrote a run on Doom Patrol, illustrated by Tan Eng Huat.
Arcudi's first B.P.R.D. work was the short story, "Born Again" published as part of Hellboy Premiere Edition in March 2004. Since the 2004 story The Dead Arcudi, often with Mike Mignola, has been the regular writer for the B.P.R.D. line.
- "B.P.R.D.: Born Again"
- B.P.R.D.: The Dead #1-5, with Mike Mignola
- B.P.R.D.: The Black Flame #1-6, with Mike Mignola
- B.P.R.D.: The Universal Machine #1-5, with Mike Mignola
- B.P.R.D.: Garden of Souls #1-5, with Mike Mignola
- B.P.R.D.: Killing Ground #1-5, with Mike Mignola
- "B.P.R.D.: Revival"
- "B.P.R.D.: Out of Reach," with Mike Mignola
- B.P.R.D.: War on Frogs #1-4
- B.P.R.D.: The Ectoplasmic Man, with Mike Mignola
- B.P.R.D.: The Warning #1-5, with Mike Mignola
- B.P.R.D.: The Black Goddess #1-5, with Mike Mignola
- Abe Sapien: The Haunted Boy, with Mike Mignola
- B.P.R.D.: King of Fear #1-5, with Mike Mignola
- Abe Sapien: The Abyssal Plain #1-2, with Mike Mignola
- Hell on Earth-New World #1-5 with Mike Mignola
- Hell on Earth-Gods #1-3 with Mike Mignola
- ↑ Colton, David (June 15, 2009). "Superman to leap off these pages". USA Today. Retrieved June 17, 2009.
- ↑ Geddes, John (June 2, 2010). "'A God Somewhere' is a boldly human graphic novel". USA Today. Retrieved June 8, 2010.