It all began in the late 1960s, at the family coffee table in Châteauguay, Quebec, where a shy little boy could not rest until he put to paper the wild and wondrous stories conjured up by his imagination... That simple spark has fueled what has become a 25-year career as a professional comic book illustrator, and the best is yet to come.
Dale began his career at Marvel, where he worked for approximately a decade. His dream had been to illustrate Conan, and his dogged determination, along with the help of friends and the support of editors, led him to fulfill that dream in 1986. He contributed art to ten issues of various Conan books before moving on to work on nine issues of The Punisher and then working on various other projects for Marvel and other companies. Incidentally, his landmark work on Punisher: Year One was recently collected in a trade paperback.
In the late 1990s, Dale began getting work from DC Comics, where he illustrated several Batman books, including the inauguration of Batman: Gotham Knights. In his early work for DC Comics, he first garnered a strong fan following for his two-year run on Green Lantern, during which time he illustrated 19 issues for that series. His run included the high-visibility “Hate Crimes” story arc featured in the New York Times and on the Phil Donahue talk show.
Dale was then courted by ground-breaking company CrossGen, where he drew five issues of the series Sigil. His standout time on that series was unfortunately cut short by the company’s bankruptcy, but CrossGen’s loss was DC’s gain – after his time working for the Florida company, Dale came back an even better artist and was soon signed to an exclusive contract with DC Comics.
The work he did for DC during the years that followed earned him some of the greatest praise of his career. For example, while his eight issues on the series H.E.R.O. did not rank very high in terms of sales, it received much critical praise and remains a fan favourite to this day. Next, his first of five issues on Villains United, a roaring-good-time of a series written by the fabulous Gail Simone, placed at #5 on the Top 300. But he is most famous for illustrating the critically-acclaimed relaunch of Justice Society of America, where he worked alongside superstar writer Geoff Johns and cover artist extraordinaire Alex Ross. During Dale’s eighteen-issue run on that book, JSoA was consistently DC Comics' second best-selling book and was in the overall Top 15.
In January 2009, he was snatched up by Marvel Comics, where Dale has had an opportunity to work on his childhood favourite, the Fantastic Four, as well as on Spider-Man and Steve Rogers: Super Soldier, a Captain America series. He then got to fulfill yet another dream: working alongside the legendary Stan Lee on a What If story that came out in December 2010. The fun continued after that dream assignment as well: he was like a kid in a candy store when he got to illustrate a three-issue Hulk/Ka-Zar story arc.
After that came a stellar year in 2011 when he worked with New York Times bestselling writers Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente on the hugely anticipated relaunch of Alpha Flight, Canada's own team of superheroes! The book was a favorite among fans and critics alike, and Dale loved every minute of it.
What's next? Stay tuned and make sure to come by often for all the latest news.
Recognition (a short selection)
In June 2008, Dale received the Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Artist of the Year for his work on Justice Society of America.
Dale has been included several times on the coveted Wizard Magazine's Hot 10 Artists list.
He has also won several Wizard Fan Awards, namely for his work on H.E.R.O. (Best Villain) and with Gail Simone on Villains United (Best Miniseries, Best Special).
Wizard Magazine also selected him as Breakout Artist of the Year as well as one of America's Next Top Artists.