By Nick Mercurio
As announced yesterday at the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con, artist Khoi Pham has signed an exclusive contract with Marvel.
Fans may recognize Pham from his past work on FANTASTICK FOUR 1602, WHAT IF? SPIDER-MAN: OTHER and most recently INCREDIBLE HERCULES as well as the Secret Invasion tie-in issues of MIGHTY AVENGERS. For the artist, the exclusive contract presents a few perks.
"It let me quit my day job and focus on drawing comics full time," explains Pham. "And I don't have to wear a suit anymore. Hell, I don't have to wear anything if I don't want to anymore."
A talented artist known for his dynamic action sequences, Pham draws from a wide variety of sources for inspiration:
"I try and learn a little bit from every artist out there, past and present, but I think the more notable ones are [John Romita Jr.], [Travis] Charest, [Walt] Simonson, [Leinil] Yu, [Neal] Adams, [Barry] Windsor-Smith, [Olivier] Coipel, [David] Mazzucchelli, [Frank] Miller, [Mike] Mignola, [Steve] McNiven and of course [Howard] Chaykin, [Klaus] Janson, and [Phil] Jimenez."
Pham's passion for his work shows through in his art and in his attitude. As for future characters he would like to draw, Pham says, "I'm still enjoying just drawing for
Marvel right now to even think about being choosy."
There's no doubt that Pham's work will be seen throughout the Marvel Universe for years to come, but for fans looking to get their Pham fix right now, they need look no further than upcoming issues of MIGHTY AVENGERS.
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