Remember this name: Dean Nuckols. It may soon join the hallowed ranks of artists like John Romita, Jack Kirby, Gene Colan, John Byrne, Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefeld (just kidding), and many, many more as the latest in a long line of comic book illustrators who cut their professional teeth on the Marvel Universe.
Dean Nuckols has won the very first Marvel Comics New Talent Search, the entries for which were collected at this summer's San Diego Comic-Con. Nuckols stood out among the "mountain of entries" and will soon draw an upcoming issue of Marvel's THOR.
"Dean won a hard-fought competition against difficult odds to become our New Talent Search Winner, beating out hundreds of other artists," says THOR editor Tom Brevoort. "But he doesn't get to rest just yet now he has to draw the actual issue!"
Nuckols, a designer for Hasbro, was predictably stunned when he heard the news of his victory.
"I tried to play it cool, the whole time I'm thinking to myself, is this the results to the contest? They wouldn't call me just to tell me I didn't get it...would they?" said Nuckols. "And of course I missed the first couple things that Tom said because my mind started racing."
"After I had the chance to focus, I heard Tom say, 'Congratulations, you're our winner. Then my mind started racing again, but this time I was thinking 'now what am I going to do?!'"
Nuckols will have to work through his apprehension and face the challenge of bringing Thor, Loki, and the other denizens of the Norse legends to life. There may be pressure to perform, but for Nuckols, it's also a welcome chance to be part of a universe he's always loved.
"I've wanted to draw for Marvel ever since I was a kid," says Nuckols. "I'm really charged by it all. After I thanked Tom Brevoort profusely, I thanked God profusely. All I can say is: Thanks for giving me the chance, Marvel!"
One winner remains to be announced the writer who will pen a THOR back-up tale will be revealed shortly. A second contest that will award one artist the opportunity to pencil an issue of WOLVERINE and one writer the chance to write a Wolverine back-up story will take place at the Chicago Wizard World convention this week. Prospective contestants can find details, including the Wolverine plot for artistic entries, at www.marvel.com.