Before turning to comics, Antonio Parras had several jobs, such as assistant chemist, secretary of a lawyer and as a retoucher in a printing house. His first comics were published in the Spanish magazines El Globo ('El Duende') and KKO ('La Dama del Antifaz'), both of the publishing house De Haro. He also worked for Bruguera for a while. He moved to Paris in 1955, where he began associations with the World Press and Édi-France agencies. He drew several historical stories in the series 'Belles Histoires de l'Oncle Paul' (in Spirou) and 'Grands Noms de l'Histoire de France' (in Pistolin), both scripted by Jean-Michel Charlier. In 1956, he drew 'Alerte au Gabon' in Risque-Tout, and he contributed illustrations to Line, Sonia, Ici-Paris, Bonjour Bonheur and Vaillant.
Parras joined the magazine Pilote in 1960. There, he did an adaptation of Walter Scott's 'Ivanhoé' in cooperation with scriptwriter George Fronval. Afterwards, he illustrated 'Billy Hattaway' (text by Jean Letouze) and 'Les Enquêtes du Commissaire Jeudy' (text by Duchâteau), as well as several short stories. He also created his series 'Ian Mac Donald' for this magazine, with text by Guy Vidal (1969). From 1975 to 1978, he made 'Les Mystères de Chinatown' in Tintin with writer François Truchaud. After some publications in Télé-Junior and Amis-Coop, Parras began the gangster series 'Les Inoxydables' with text by Victor Mora in Charlie Mensuel in 1982.
La Lièvre de Mars
He appeared in Hello Bédé with 'La Dernière Lune' in 1992 (text by Rodolphe and Le Tendre), and he cooperated on the collective album 'Transports Fripons' at Les Humanoïdes Associés. In 1993, he teamed up with Patrick Cothias, and created 'La Lièvre de Mars' at Glénat. Ten years later, Parras began 'Le Méridien des Brumes' with text by Eric Juszezak at Dargaud. Two books have appeared, in 2003 and 2007. Antonio Parras is furthermore the cover illustratior of 34 'Bob Morane' books for Libaririe des Champs Elysées. He passed away in Paris in June 2010.
Le Méridien des Brumes