David de Vries was born in New Zealand in 1961 and moved to Melbourne, Australia with his parents. He studied painting and started his comic career in the early 1980s, working for 'Cyclone', 'Southern Squadron', Mad Magazine and Penthouse. Alongside Gary Chaloner and Glenn Lumsden, he started Cyclone Comics to ensure that their characters could be published while remaining under their control. In 1988, he teamed up with Glenn Lumsden, and together they have worked for several comic publishers in Australia and the United States, most notably for DC Comics and Marvel. Together with David Heinrich, Rod Tobely and Dave Williams, they also founded the Barossa Studios.