Happy Birthday: Mike Deodato
“Mike” Deodato Taumaturgo Borges Filho was born in 1963 in Campina Grande, Brazil. His father, also an artist, first introduced him to the work of people like Will Eisner and Alex Raymond, and taught young Deodato how to draw.
They worked together on several Brazilian small-press projects in the 1980s, and in 1991 an agency formed to represent Brazilian artists in the American market. They landed Deodato a gig drawing Santa Claws for Malibu Comics. Next he drew the comic-book adaptation of the movie Beauty and the Beast for Innovation.
His work caught the attention of DC, and they offered him Wonder Woman. Next Deodato penciled Thor for Marvel and Glory for Extreme Studios. He has worked on The Incredible Hulk, Amazing Spider-Man, The New Avengers, Squadron Supreme, Thunderbolt, and many others, and manages all that while still living in Brazil.