Paul Neary is a British comic book artist, writer and editor.
His first work was for Warren Publishing in the 1970s before working with Dez Skinn at Marvel UK as well as work for 2000 AD. He later became editor-in-chief of Marvel UK in the 1990s but is now best known for inking Bryan Hitch's work on The Ultimates for Marvel Comics.
His first published work was in Warren's anthology title, Eerie, working on various stories and series including "Hunter" and its sequels, before drawing various Future Shocks for 2000AD for various writers, including Alan Moore.
In 1978 he started working on Hulk Weekly for Marvel UK which had just been drastically revamped by Dez Skinn. During this time he drew various strips for Marvel UK, including Hulk and Nick Fury, plus helping new artists such as Alan Davis.
During the early 1980s he created Madman for Dez Skinn's Warrior before becoming a regular inker for Alan Davis's work for DC Comics. Their most notable work at this time being a run drawing Batman for Detective Comics.
Neary became closely associated with Davis, inking his work from titles such as Uncanny X-Men to Captain Britain. Their working partnership still lasts to the present.
Neary became editor-in-chief of Marvel UK for a time in the 1990s, helping launch a number of US-sized titles in addition to the company's ongoing UK range. This began with Death's Head II and was followed by titles such as Hell's Angel - changed to Dark Angel after a copyright battle with the Hells Angels, Warheads, Digitek and Motormouth (later Motormouth and Killpower. Sales of the comics were initially high but over expansion soon brought an end to Marvel UK's US line, with Panini buying the company's assets, including Doctor Who Magazine.
Neary has since been concentrating on inking since then. He has inked Bryan Hitch's work on The Authority and is now regularly working with Hitch on The Ultimates for Marvel Comics.
His comic work (both drawing and writing) include:
- Hulk: "Dr Scarabeus" (pencils, with Alan Moore, and inks by David Lloyd, in Hulk Comic #15-20, Marvel UK, 1979)
- Doctor Who:
- "The Return of the Daleks" (pencils, with Steve Moore, and inks by David Lloyd, in Doctor Who Weekly #1-4, 1979)
- "The Final Quest" (with Steve Moore, in Doctor Who Weekly #8, 1979)
- "K-9's Finest Hour" (with Steve Moore, in Doctor Who Weekly #12, 1980)
- "Timeslip" (art and script, with co-author Dez Skinn, in Doctor Who Magazine #17-18, 1980)
- "The Stockbridge Horror" (with Steve Parkhouse, and split art duties with Mick Austin, in Doctor Who Magazine #74, 1983, collected in The Tides of Time, Panini, 212 pages, 2005, ISBN 1904159923)
- Tharg's Future Shocks (art, with Alan Moore):
- A Cautionary Fable (in 2000 AD #240, 1981)
- Twist Ending (in 2000 AD #246, 1982)
- All of Them Were Empty (in 2000 AD #251, 1982)
- An American Werewolf in Space (in 2000 AD #252, 1982)
- Madman (script and art, with additional art by Mick Austin, in Warrior #2-7, 1982)
- Abelard Snazz: The Multi-Storey Mind Mellows Out! (art, with Alan Moore, in 2000 AD #254, 1982)
- The Thing (1983-86 series) #34-36
- #1-9, 12-17, 23-24 (inks, with Chris Claremont, and pencils by Alan Davis, Marvel, 1988-1990)
- #104-105 (inks, with John Arcudi and Keith Giffen, and pencils by Bryan Hitch, Marvel, 1997)
- Happenstance and Kismet (script, with co-author Steve Parkhouse):
- Happenstance and Kismet (in Revolver #1-7, 1990)
- Happenstance and Kismet (continued) (in Crisis #56-61, 1991)
- Bloodseed (script, with pencils by Liam Sharp and inks by Cam Smith, 2-issue mini-series, Marvel UK, 1993)
- Mother Earth (script, with co-author Jaye, and art by Cliff Robinson, in 2000 AD #867-872, 1993)
- The Ultimates (inks, with Mark Millar, and pencils by Bryan Hitch, Marvel):
- The Ultimates #8-13 (2002-2004)
- The Ultimates 2 #1-13 (2005-2007)
- Fantastic Four #554-present (with Mark Millar, and pencils by Bryan Hitch, Marvel Comics, 2008-present)