Frank Cirocco

Frank Cirocco (born June 13, 1956)[1] is an American comics artist and video game designer best known as the co-creator of Alien Legion with Carl Potts and Alan Zelenetz.

Frank Cirocco
BornFrank Cirocco
(1956-06-13) June 13, 1956 (age 64)
Area(s)Writer, Penciller, Inker, Colourist
Notable works
Alien Legion

Early lifeEdit

Frank Cirocco moved from Elmwood Park, New Jersey to San Jose, California with his family in 1961. He attended Branham High School and San Jose State College[2] in the 1970s.


In the mid-1970s, Cirocco was an artist/publisher of the noted fanzine, Venture. Neal Adams was commissioned to do the cover of issue #5 in 1975. Cirocco had first met Adams in 1973, at the San Diego Comic-Con where he, Brent Anderson, and Gary Winnick commissioned a number of sketches that were later printed in Venture magazine. By 1976, Frank Cirocco began his career in the comics industry as a member of the Crusty Bunkers at Neal Adams' Continuity Studios.[3][4] His first professional assignments were a three-page Twilight Zone story for Gold Key Comics and some spot illustrations for Marvel Comics' Doc Savage magazine.

He returned to California and started a commercial art studio called Horizon Zero Graphiques with partner Gary Winnick in 1977. He continued working commercially, mostly for video game companies, for the next several years. In 1983, Cirocco, Carl Potts and Alan Zelenetz co-created the series Alien Legion, conceived as "the French Foreign Legion in space."[5] Two ongoing series and several miniseries and one-shots were produced. In 2007, Potts' Alien Legion screenplay was optioned by producer Jerry Bruckheimer and The Walt Disney Company. Bruckheimer exercised the option and bought the script in 2010, hiring Game of Thrones show runner David Benioff to do a rewrite.

Cirocco drew several covers for other Marvel titles including The Defenders, Doctor Strange, The Incredible Hulk, Amazing High Adventure, Shadowmasters (with Jim Lee), and more.[6] In 1992, he worked on a comic book adaptation of the LucasArts Defenders of Dynatron City video game,[6] followed by a Samurai Cat mini-series for Marvel, adapting the character from a series of books by Mark Rogers. Cirocco reunited with Gary Winnick in 1996 to form Lightsource Studios, a content development studio, which operated until 2012.[7] Cirocco and his wife Lela Dowling created Skyland Gallery in April 2010,[8] which focused on art celebrating nature. He has continued to do mainly commercial work throughout his entire career, but in 2020, Cirocco returned to comics once again and teamed with fellow artist Alex Sheikman to illustrate a six-issue mini series titled Becoming Frankenstein for Ten Ton Press.

Personal lifeEdit

Cirocco is married to fellow artist Lela Dowling. He first met Dowling in 1977, the year he started Horizon Zero Graphiques. Friends for decades, they married over 30 years later, in 2008. The couple resides in the Santa Cruz Mountains[9] with their Formosan Mountain Dog, Pepper.


Interior art unless noted.

  • Yars' Revenge (1982)
Bittersweet Press
  • Psychozort #1 (1998)
DC Comics
Dragon's Teeth
  • Dragon's Teeth #1 (1983)
  • The Final Cycle: Part 1 #1–3 (1987)
Gold Key Comics
Horizon Zero Graphiques
  • Venture #5 (1976)
Marvel Comics
Phi Publishing
  • International Insanity #v2#1, #v2#2 (1977)
SJ Graphics
  • The Heroines Showcase Art Portfolio #3 (1985)
Slave Labor
  • Neomen #1–2 (1987–1988)
  • Suburban High Life #1–3 (1987)
  • Imagine #1 (1978)
Stories, Layouts & Press, Inc.
  • Gasm #3 (1978)
  • Buck Rogers Comics Module #1 (1990)


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010.
  2. ^ Bails, Jerry (2006). "Cirocco, Frank". Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928-1999. Archived from the original on June 4, 2019. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  3. ^ Cirocco, Frank (May 2016). "Continuity Memories". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (88): 56–57.
  4. ^ Bails, Jerry. "Crusty Bunkers". Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928–1999. Archived from the original on May 11, 2007. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
  5. ^ Ellis, Jonathan (May 2000). "Interview: Carl Potts". Archived from the original on February 6, 2010.
  6. ^ a b Frank Cirocco at the Grand Comics Database
  7. ^ "LucasArts' Secret History: Maniac Mansion: Gary Winnick Interview". The International House of Mojo.
  8. ^ Fleskes, John (April 15, 2010). "Skyland Gallery Grand Opening Saturday, April 17 2010!". Flesk Publications and Spectrum Fantastic Art.
  9. ^ "4th Annual South City Comic Con". South City Comic Con. 2019. Archived from the original on June 10, 2019. Retrieved July 15, 2019. [Lela Dowling] lurks in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her husband, artist Frank Cirocco

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Alien Legion artist
Succeeded by
Chris Warner