I met Joe Jusko a few years ago in Dallas at a small show and can honestly say he is one of the nicest guys in the business. Joe is best known for his realistic, highly detailed painted fantasy, pin-up, and cover illustrations, mainly in the comic book and trading card industry. Growing up in New York in the 1960s, he attended the High School of Art and Design and graduated in 1977 with DC Comics Award of Excellence in Cartooning. Briefly working as an assistant with Howard Chaykin, Jusko sold his first cover to Heavy Metal magazine at the young age of 17. Skipping college, the artist went straight into commercial illustration and eventually worked for almost every major comic book publishers including DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Top Cow Productions, Wildstorm Comics, Crusade Comics, Innovation Comics, Harris Comics, and Byron Visual Publications. Many fans fondly remember his beautiful cover work on Savage Sword of Conan, The Incredible Hulk, Punisher and many other Marvel titles, as well as his striking images for numerous trading card sets of Vampirella, Wolverine, and the Edgar Rice Burroughs properties. Producing storyboards for ad agencies, he also created exciting images for the World Wrestling Federation. Winner of the Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Award for best painter, the artist also received Wizard's Fan Award and a Certificate of Merit from the Society of Illustrators in his long career.