J. DAVID SPURLOCK Author, Historian
J. David Spurlock is an award-winning author, historian, educator, advocate for artists’ rights, documentary filmmaker and associate to star talents Frazetta, Basil Gogos, Neal Adams, Steranko, Joe Kubert, Carmine Infantino, Julius Schwartz, Wally Wood and many more. Spurlock’s recent book How to Draw Chiller Monsters, for Random House, rose as high as #18 on the Bookspan best-seller list. Spurlock’s IPPY Award-winning book, Alluring Art of Margaret Brundage, has been universally acclaimed including by MTV and by the Village Voice who proclaimed it one of The Best of 2013. In 2012, Spurlock was appointed Director of the Wallace Wood Estate. Wood is the Hugo Award recognized illustrator of Galaxy and Planet Stories as well as the comic-book Hall of Fame co-creator of MAD, Mars Attacks, Daredevil and Weird Science. A partial list of Spurlock’s guest speaking engagements include: 2015 San Diego Comic-Con Jack Kirby Tribute panel, 2013 WorldCon (various lecture panels including on Robert E. Howard, Copyright Law, and on Margaret Brundage); with Stan Lee for Dragon Con TV and a live audience if 4,600; The Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine re-launch convention in Indianapolis; the Frank Frazetta tribute event at the San Diego Comic-Con; Rutgers School of Law; and University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Philanthropy: Spurlock has founded multiple scholarship funds at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He has lectured worldwide on Pop Culture and Creator Rights and has taught at the university level since 1986 including at The University of Texas, The Kubert School, The School of Visual Arts, Rutgers School of Law, and The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Contributor and consultant to the 2012 Allentown Art Museum exhibition, At The Edge: Art of the Fantastic and guest curator for major exhibits at Geppi’s GEM Museum, The Society of Illustrators, National Arts Club, Scope during Art Basil Miami and more. Spurlock also serves in an advisory capacity to various organizations including, Comics Creators for Holocaust Education (co-founder), The Inkwell Awards (ambassador) and, The Visual Arts Foundation.
Acclaim: Spurlock’s works have been lauded by the Rondo Awards, The New York Times, IPPY Awards, Entertainment Weekly, Eisner Awards, National Public Radio, Time Out New York, Library Journal. Publishers Weekly, the Hugo Awards, The Village Voice, Locus Awards, The Society of Illustrators, and MTV.
Film and TV credits include: Frazetta Painting With Fire; STARZ network’s Comicbooks Unbound; Free@Last TV’s 2005 documentary, The Batman Story, for BBC Five; directing BBC-star Jonathan Ross in his recent interview of Jim Steranko; serving as a consultant to Morgan Spurlock on the documentary, Comic Con Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope; an on-screen interview for a 2013 documentary on Daredevil; Irwin Hasen The Movie, and the PBS documentary, Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle. Spurlock is appearing on the current season’s Frazetta episode of Strange Inheritance on the FOX Business network and co-producing a documentary on legendary Marvel comics artist Gene Colan.