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(Artist - X-Men, Green Lantern; Superman; Batman; Wolverine; Avengers; The Flash; Thor)
|Carlos Pacheco is a Spanish comic book artist and penciller. Pacheco was born in San Roque, Cádiz. He is best known in the United States for his work on titles such as Avengers Forever, X-Men and Green Lantern. He usually works with inker Jesus Merino.|
In his early career, Carlos Pacheco did some work for Planeta-DeAgostini Comics, an imprint of pan-European publisher Planeta De Agostini, mainly covers and pin-ups for Spanish translated editions of Marvel Comics, published at the time by Planeta. He later teamed up with writer Rafael Marin to create the characters Iberia Inc and Tríada Vértice, two groups of Spanish superheroes, that starred in two miniseries also published by Planeta-DeAgostini Comics, with plots by Pacheco and Marin, script by Marin an art by Rafa Fonteriz (in Iberia Inc) and Jesus Merino (in Tríada Vértice).
Pacheco first got attention in the United States for his work as penciller on Dark Guard, a 4-issue Marvel UK title where he worked with writer Dan Abnett and inker Oscar Jimenez. This led to him being offered work by American comic editors leading to Marvel Comics’ 1994 Bishop four issue limited series where he worked with writer John Ostrander and inker Cam Smith. Later that year Pacheco did his first work for DC Comics on The Flash #93, 94 and 99, with writer Mark Waid and inker Jose Marzan Jr..
After that Pacheco’s next stateside work came in 1995’s X-Universe two part limited series (a part of the Age of Apocalypse event), published by Marvel. Pacheco was joined by writer Terry Kavanagh and was again inked by Cam Smith. At the end of 1995 and the beginning of 1996 Pacheco and Smith collaborated with writer Warren Ellis on a Starjammers limited series. This series was successful enough that the creative team was reunited on Marvel’s Excalibur ongoing series for a brief run in 1996. Shortly after this Pacheco became penciller on Marvel’s Fantastic Four for two issues (#415-416), where he worked with writer Tom DeFalco as the title wrapped up in preparation for “Heroes Reborn.”
By that point Pacheco’s art had become a fan favorite, with his work regularly getting coverage in magazines such as Wizard. In early 1997 Marvel acknowledged this by assigning Pacheco to one of its flagship titles, X-Men, with #62 (March, 1997). On that title he worked with writers Scott Lobdell and Joe Kelly and inker Art Thibert. He left the title at #75 in May 1998.
After X-Men, Pacheco began work on Avengers Forever, a 12-issue limited series, where Pacheco worked with writer Kurt Busiek and (for the first time in the U.S.) inker Jesus Merino, who from that point on became Pacheco’s regular inker.
Pacheco’s next regular assignment was in 2000, a return to the Fantastic Four, with Vol. 3 #35. This time he took on the co-writing chores (initially with Rafael Marin, later joined by Jeph Loeb) as well as pencilling duties. However Pacheco’s pencilling contributions were shorter than expected, with his last art contribution coming in #50, and him leaving the book entirely by #54. While working on Fantastic Four Pacheco also wrote, again with co-writer Rafael Marin, a 4-issue Inhumans limited series, with pencils by José Ladrönn and Jorge Lucas.
His next substantial work after Fantastic Four was for DC Comics: JLA/JSA: Virtue and Vice, with writers David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns. This 100-page graphic novel united the Justice League and Justice Society against common foes in the style of what once had been an annual tradition.
In 2003 Pacheco reunited with his Avengers Forever collaborator Kurt Busiek for the creator-owned fantasy war series Arrowsmith, published by WildStorm. This series envisioned a world where magic is real and the First World War was fought with dragons, spells, vampires and others used as weapons by both sides. The series ran for six issues and there are plans for future series set in that world which would again by written by Busiek and drawn by Pacheco.
In 2004 Pacheco returned to super-heroes and DC Comics to pencil a five issue stint on the Superman/Batman title (“Absolute Power,” in #14-18), where he was again joined by writer Jeph Loeb. The two told a tale in which, due to the time-traveling machinations of the Legion of Super-Villains, Batman and Superman took over the world and a group of Freedom Fighters has to rise up against them. Later that year at DC, Pacheco went on to share alternate monthly pencilling duties with Ethan Van Sciver on the new Green Lantern series written by Geoff Johns.
From 2006 - 2007, Pacheco worked with Kurt Busiek on DC comics’ Superman, illustrating issues #654-658, 662-664, 667. Due to the difficulty to do twelve issues a year, the final chapter of the “Camelot Falls” story arc they collaborated on appeared in Superman Annual #13 (January 2008).
In 2008, Pacheco produced covers for DC’s weekly book Trinity, featuring Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, and assisted artist J.G. Jones in illustrating the 2008-9 miniseries Final Crisis, on issues 4 to 6.
In February 2009, Comic Shop News announced that Pacheco signed an exclusive contract with Marvel. Pacheco’s 2009 work included Ultimate Comics: Avengers.