Antonio Parras is a Spanish comic artist, who has worked extensively for the French market. Born in Barcelona as Juan-Antonio Parras Monlat, he had several jobs, such as assistant chemist, secretary of a lawyer and as a retoucher in a printing house, prior to his career in comics. 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, in 1950.
He also worked for Bruguera for a while and settled in Paris, France, in 1955. He began an association with agencies World's Press and Édi-France, and drew several historical stories in the series 'Les Belles Histoires de l'Oncle Paul' (in Spirou) and 'Les Grands Noms de l'Histoire de France' (in Pistolin), both with scripts 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 became a contributor to the magazine Pilote in 1960. There, he did an adaptation of Walter Scott's 'Ivanhoé' in cooperation with scriptwriter George Fronval. Afterwards, he illustrated serials like 'Billy Hattaway' (script by Jean Letouze) and 'Les Enquêtes du Commissaire Jeudy' (script by Duchâteau), as well as several short stories and covers. He also created the series 'Ian Mac Donald' for this magazine, together with scriptwriter Guy Vidal (1969-1972).
From 1975 to 1978, he made 'Les Mystères de Chinatown' for Tintin with writer François Truchaud. After some publications in Télé-Junior and Amis-Coop, Parras created the gangster series 'Les Inoxydables' with text by Victor Mora in Charlie Mensuel in 1982. The series was published in five books by Dargaud between 1984 and 1989.
La Lièvre de Mars
He was present in Hello Bédé with 'La Dernière Lune' in 1992 (text by Rodolphe and Le Tendre), and he cooperated on the collective album 'Transports Fripons', that was published by Les Humanoïdes Associés. He teamed up with Patrick Cothias, and created 'La Lièvre de Mars' for Glénat between 1993 and 2000. With Eric Juszezak, he made the fantasy series 'Le Méridien des Brumes', of which two books were published by Dargaud 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