VALIANT SPOTLIGHT artists' profile on...RAGS MORALES
    Rising star Rags Morales first received popular notice with his work on the now defunct Forgotten Realms. His powerful pencils brought TSR's fantasy world to life. Recently Rags' work on Turok, Dinosaur Hunter has shown he has risen to a new level. His action sequences are so fluid and dynamic, the characters seem to move across the page. If you haven't seen Rags' work before, check out Turok #12. Written by Mike Baron, it features one of the best action sequences ever done in comics. Rags' next project for Valiant is Geomancer #1, featured in this month's Previews.
 
CREDENTIALS:
Valiant pencils:
Archer & Armstrong issue #13
Turok, Dinosaur Hunter issues #4-6, 10-13
Shadowman issue #25
 
Previous work:
Forgotten Realms issues #1-16, 19, 21, 23
Black Condor issues #1-6, 9-12
Mighty Crusaders issues #1-4
 
HISTORY:
Manhattan-born October 21, 1966.
Raised in Landing, NJ.
Currently resides in Pennsylvania.
Initial interest in comics started at a young age. "I was the only Puerto Rican kid in the neighborhood, so comics were a real refuge."
First break was drawing Captain Action for Main Publishing.
 
EDUCATION:
Mostly self-taught, with two years of formal training.
 
INFLUENCES:
Neal Adams, José Luis Garcia-Lopéz, Jim Aparo, John Buscema, Mike Golden, Frank Frazetta, Alex Raymond, Charles Dana Gibson, George Bridgman, Norman Rockwell, Winsor MacCay.
 
OTHER HOBBIES AND INTERESTS:
-Computer games
-Softball, basketball (favorite teams are the Mets and the Knicks)
 
"My mother thought I was weird -- she used to yell at me to go outside and play but all I wanted to do was draw."
-Morales