José Manuel Soares is a Portuguese painter who has also made several comics. Born in Alentejo, Soares has published in many comic magazines and periodicals. He began a collaboration with Diabrete magazine in 1950, and subsequently drew comics for the children's supplement of the paper Diário do Norte. He continued his career in Cavaleiro Andante, drawing 'A Ala dos Namorados' and 'De Angola à Contracosta', two stories collected in a book by the publishing house Futura in 1985. Soares additionally contributed to Lusitas, Mundo de Aventuras, Fagulha, and the Brazilian publishing house EBAL. Soares has also worked in advertising, and he has his own gallery in Leiria.