Artist Sam de la Rosa, native Texan, became a full-time comic book professional in 1982. That year he worked on Action Comics, Green Lantern, and World’s Finest starring Batman and Superman.

He then caught the eye of Marvel Comics and worked on Hercules, Spider Woman, and Spiderman. Sam continued with more work on Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, Iron Man (hey it’s the Avengers), Black Panther, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Dr. Strange, Daredevil, Squadron Supreme, and inked a few hundred pages of Dreadstar pencilled by Jim Starlin. He also found time to do more work for DC Comics on All Star Squadron, Captain Atom, Firestorm, and finally Star Trek.

His work for other comic companies includes the very first Predator series by Dark Horse Comics, Roger Rabbit for Disney Comics, Sable and then The Badger for First Comics, inking Sam Keith and Eric Shanower for Eclipse Comics, finishing art over Steve Ditko (Spider-Man co-creator) on The Hangman for Red Circle/Archie Publications, Malibu Comics, Lone Star Comics, Antartic Press on Areala Warrior Nun, Popeye the Sailor for Ocean Comics, Supreme and Vanguard for Image Comics, Fleetway/Quality Comics inking about 100 covers mainly Judge Dredd, Comico Comics on Elementals with Bill Willingham pencils, and Acclaim Comics inking the great Dick Giordano on Sliders (based on the sci-fi tv show).

Sam’s favorite work was always on SPIDER-MAN and VENOM! He worked on many high profile Spidey comics including the Maximum Carnage storyline, the Spider-Man clone storyline and the very first Venom Lethal Protector series along with the Venom Separation Anxiety series (they even made a video game based on it). His first work on the black costumed Spider-Man (the Venom symbiote/suit) was in 1984.

He continues to do commission art and re-creations of all types. Sam’s original art cover to Venom Lethal Protector #1 recently sold at auction for over $28,000! You can find a partial checkist of his art credits at and a more detailed but still incomplete one on

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