Philippe Marcelé studied Fine Arts in Bordeaux and Paris. Afterwards, his first comics were published in magazines like Métal Hurlant, L'Écho des Savanes and Pilote. His comics, often written by Anne Bellec, Lancome and Didier, are published in several books, like 'Macbeth', 'Un Après-midi au Cirque', 'Lolla', 'Conte Suave' and 'De Mémoire de Chat'. In 1982 Marcelé turned to the political fiction genre, starting with 'Les Capahuchos' in Circus. For that same magazine he took on 'Le Signe du Taureau' four years later, which was written by Patrick Cothias.
In late 1990 Marcellé created 'Colère Noire' with Thierry Smolderen, as well as several erotic comics for Les Humanoïdes Associés. His first exploits in the erotic genre were followed by the erotic 'Élodie' series, that started in Fluide Glacial in 1994. In 1998, Marcelé teamed up with the scenarist Rodolphe to create 'Gothic', published by Le Téméraire and later by Delcourt.