In this POP!, George Khoury looks back over the career and untimely passing of artist Mike Parobeck, with stories from family and friends and never before seen art from Parobeck's short but influential career.
I loved Mike's work, and bought some titles I ordinarily wouldn't have, just to look at his art. I hope some developing talents are inspired and influenced by his clear, energetic pictures, and by the obvious joy and enthusiasm he put into every panel.
This is a funny coincidence. I had previously bequeathed my entire run of Batman Adventures to my son and just this past Sunday I was re-reading a few. I loved his style. Nice and loose, somewhat Toth-y in approach but definitely his own. I loved getting that book every month, which did not take off until Rader and a few others left and he took over full time. He took the character designs of the show and made it his own. A greatly missed artist.
Was a huge fan of Mike Parobeck's work starting with the seriously under-rated 'El Diablo' series he did with Gerard Jones in 1989-90.
At one time, Batman Adventures was the only Bat-title I was reading because it was the one with Batman fighting crime, doing detective work and having adventures in it.
I had sent a letter to DC praising the JSA title that Mike was working on at the time and specifically mentioned his artwork in the letter.
To my surprise, several weeks later I got a personal note from Mike in the mail thanking me for my comments. Further to my surprise, enclosed in the letter was a full pencil piece featuring Wildcat that he enclosed.
Mike and I exchanged a few letters over the until his passing. Turns out that I lived in a small town where he spent a lot of time growing up and we had some common interests in the area.
I was never fortunate enough to meet him personally, but from our exchanges and the artwork he had sent me during that time, I have always judged him as a genuinely nice guy that loved the comics business.
I may be a little late replying to this, but I was google-ing down some Batman Adventures comics and went to his wiki page to be shocked to learn that he died. I always wanted to know why he stopped penciling Batman Adventures because his art could not be replaced just like that.
Like the article says, his art was truly a breath of fresh air. Kelly Puckett hardly had to write anything because Mike's pictures said so much. There's so many panels with no dialogue, because his pictures spoke a thousand words.
The Batman Adventures was my favorite comic book as a child and is probably the main reason I became a comic book collector. I wouldn't have my 7000 or so comics if it weren't for that one Batman Adventures comic I picked up so long ago.
Whole civilizations trembled at the sound of my name. - Vegeta