Hello friends! Today I am going to tell you about an artist who not only participated in and furthered the Indian comic book scene, but also made a name for himself in the American Comic book industry! His name is Dheeraj Verma, and we will talk about him today!
Dheeraj sir was born on October 22, 1967 in Delhi, India. He attended school at NP Boys Sr. Secondary School, and graduated from PG Dayanand Anglo-Vedic College. He was interested in drawing and doodling, and used to draw cartoons of the Phantom and Batman and Superman ever since third grade.
He had his first career break in 1991 with New Delhi-based ‘Parampara’ comics. He worked on ‘Ajoobey’, which became popular. In 1993, he moved on to Raj Comics, creating the character of ‘Bheriya’ (Wolfman), which became instantly popular. He expressed his love for wildlife and nature through the character, which boosted its popularity even further. He also worked on almost all the major characters of Raj Comics in the 90s. He was the first artist to introduce digital coloring to the Indian comic industry in 1996 on Parmanu’s cover, and later on Bheria’s Digest. He later joined Escosoft tech as a Senior Visualizer till 2003, when he left it to work for Avatar press in USA as an artist, for writer Joe R. Lansdale, on ‘By Bizarre Hands’. His most popular series with Avatar Press were ‘Escape of the Living Dead’, ‘Plague of the Living Dead’, ‘Yuggoth Creatures’, ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ and ‘Night of the Living Dead’. He also did cover art for Marvel Comics’ ‘Invincible Iron Man’. He worked on Transformers’ series published by IDW Publications. His first series for IDW ‘Transformers: Fall of Cybertron’ was a super hit series on ComiXology, which was launched in Aug 2012. After this series he worked on Transformers: Robots in Disguise # 19. In July 2013 and it entered in Top 300 comics, 2013.
In January 2013, after a decade away, Verma made his comeback in the Indian comic industry with ‘Jaljeevni’ (Bheriya Series) from Raj Comics. ‘Subhasya Sheegram’ (Doga), ‘Sarvanayak’ series is his latest on-going project with Raj Comics.
Verma also exhibited his painting in the world renowned Indian Government national academy of fine arts Lalit Kala Akademi in Delhi, and caused quite a buzz in the fine art circle by introducing original comics pages from Transformers and Lady Death.
Dheeraj Sir has made a lot of breakthroughs, and the Indian Comic book industry is very proud of him!
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