Dan Spiegle has had a long career in drawing comics based on movie and television characters, and has worked for companies like Dell, DC and Marvel. In his second year of high school, Spiegle sent a sample comic strip to King Features. It was politely turned down, but Spiegle vowed to become a cartoonist. Discharged from the navy in 1946, Spiegle enrolled at the Chouinard Art Institute of Los Angeles.
In 1949, he was introduced to movie actor Bill Boyd, who was looking for an artist to draw a strip based on his Hopalong Cassidy interpretation. Spiegle got the job and 'Hopalong Cassidy' started appearing the same year. Spiegle continued drawing the strip until its demise in 1955.
Penn and Chris
He then tried his hand at a pirate strip, 'Penn and Chris', but without success. In 1956, Spiegle started a long collaboration with Dell Publications, working on many of the company's realistic movie and television tie-in titles until the late 1970s.
Soul On Fire (The Saga of the Swamp Thing #2, 1982)
He illustrated many westerns, such as 'Little Beaver', 'Dale Evans', 'Spin and Marty', 'Buffalo Bill Jr', 'Tombstone Territory', and 'Lawman', as well as adaptation of live-action Disney films, such as 'Old Yeller', 'The Parent Trap' and 'Mary Poppins'. He also did fillers and issues of 'Space Family Robinson', 'Magnus Robot Fighter', 'Maverick', 'Tarzan', 'Brothers of the Spear', 'Flipper' and 'Lassie'. When Russ Manning left Dell in 1967, Spiegle took over the 'Korak' title.
The Black Hole (1980)
Spiegle began additional collaborations with DC and Marvel in the 1970s. He worked with many of the famous DC characters, like 'Batman', 'Unknown Soldier', 'Blackhawk', 'Tomahawk', Jonah Hex' and 'Teen Titans' until the early 1990s. For Marvel, he did a lot of work for Hanna-Barbera features ('Scooby Doo', 'Captain Caveman'), as well as titles like 'Spider-Man' and 'Hollywood Superstars'. He did a number of film adaptations for the company, including 'Lord of the Apes', 'Greystroke' and several Disney stories like 'Pocahontas' and 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?'.
Brothers of the Spear
In the 1980s, Spiegle worked on a number of Eclipse titles, such as 'Crossfire', 'Destroyer Duc', and 'Whodunnit?'. Besides comic books, Spiegle has illustrated books with 'Masters of the Universe' and 'Gobots', and worked on the 'Star Trek' (1980) and 'Terry and the Pirates' (1996) newspaper strips for King Features and Tribune Media Services.
Spiegle has been active throughout the 1990s, when he did 'Elvira' for Claypool Comics, back covers for Dark Horse and 'Legends of Nascar' for the Canadian Vortex Comics, besides his continuing contributions to Marvel and DC. Spiegle's daughter, Carrie Spiegle, is a letterer for several comics companies since 1977.