Paul Kirchner is an American artist with experiences in several industries. He was born in New Haven, Connecticut into a family of German descent, and attended the Cooper Union School of Art. He has been active in the comic book industry since the early 1970s, at first with contributions to DC horror comics and assisting Tex Blaisdell on the 'Little Orphan Annie' newspaper strip. He was Wallace Wood's assistant for several years, and started to contribute surrealistic comic strips to several publications in the mid and late 1970s. The New York monthly High Times ran 'Dope Rider', while Heavy Metal published his feature 'The Bus' from 1979 to 1985. His additional work for Heavy Metal and High Times was collected in the book 'Realms' by Catalan Communications in 1987.
In 1984 he worked with Dutch writer and Zen specialist Janwillem van de Wetering on 'Moord op Afstand'. It was published in the US as 'Murder By Remote Control' through Ballantine in 1986. By the 1980s and 1990s, Kirchner was working on licensed material. He drew in-pack comic books for the 'Robo Force' toyline, and he later also wrote and drew comics based on the classic 80s TV cartoons 'He-Man', 'GoBots', 'Thundercats', 'Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors', 'G.I. Joe' and 'Power Rangers' for magazines published by Telepictures/Welsh Publications. Other creations were the surreal cartoon he made for VQ Magazine and the feature 'Jack B. Quick' for Sports Illustrated for Kids. Kirchner didn't return to comics until 2013, when he began making new 'The Bus' and 'Dope Rider' comics.
Kirchner has furthermore been a cover illustrator for the 1970s porn magazine Screw. His illustrations have also appeared in The New York Times. He has made designs for the toy industry, and is the author of several books with Rhino Entertainment and Paladin Press. Kirchner has been mainly active in advertising since the mid 1990s. He was senior art director at Jordan, McGrath, Case & Taylor from 1996 to 2002, and has worked as a freelance artist since then.