Born and raised in Oregon, Mike was drawn to Southern California in 1965 by the lure of a career in comic art. He spent his first 14 years contributing to the worlds of comic books, comic strips and TV animation. He worked on a variety of subjects including MAGNUS ROBOT FIGHTER, TARZAN, and SUPER FRIENDS, to name a few, in comic books, coloring books, puzzles, etc. for Western Publishing Company, publishers of Gold Key Comics and he did layouts on 1/3rd of the first network animated SPIDERMAN Saturday morning TV series. While continuing to draw and sometimes write such properties as SPEED BUGGY, H-B TV ADVENTURE HEROES, TARZAN and MAGNUS, Mike contributed to James Warren’s CREEPY, EERIE and VAMPERELLA magazines and began drawing and writing the comic panel CRUSIN’ record album covers, over 2 dozen at last count.
However, during this period Mike is probably best known to comic book fans for his almost full decade as letterer/inker for the legendary JACK KIRBY at DC and Marvel comics through most of the 1970s. Mike even found time in the late 1970s to ink and letter both the TARZAN and STAR WARS comic strips for some months for RUSS MANNING who Mike had assisted from 1965 to 69 on comic books. Beginning in Spring 1979 Mike spent the next 14+ years on staff with the WALT DISNEY COMPANY in the creative department for their Consumer Product/Licensing division addressing the areas of book publishing, comic books and strips and theme park and licensed merchandise, as a product designer/character artist, performing as idea, concept and final line artist. His last year on staff Mike created the “new look” that launched the massive WINNIE THE POOH licensing program in late1993. Featured in a 43 minute video “How To Draw Pooh” sent to over 40 licensees, Mike takes no small amount of pride in the fact that soon POOH was outselling MICKEY MOUSE (the character drawn most by Mike before POOH) worldwide. Late Spring of 1993 Mike left his staff position to spend the next 7+ years full time as the “Main POOH Man” for the Disney Store’s creative division, even finding time to to 3-D product for Disney and Warner Brothers stores. Spring of 2000 found Mike functioning as an art service on a wide variety of projects including orthographic turns and “floor plans” for computer game animators, DIGIMON products, READER RABBIT and BABY FAITH books, RESCUE HEROES toy packaging, etc. and Spring of 2001 found Mike and his wife Laurie returning to Oregon where he found time to ink some comic books for MARVEL, create 100s of Disney limited addition collector pins and sets and to embrace the setting and lifestyle of the beautiful Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon. Mike continues to do recreations for fans and when not chained to the drawing board, enjoys the the life of being semi-retied.