In the 1980s, Ray created graphics for NBC News and did story illustrations for various adventure digests, such as Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Monthly and Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, as well as Electronic Games magazine and Silvia Porter's Financial magazine. He won awards for his work for clients such as Readers' Digest, Doubleday & Co. and Scholastic before entering the comic-book field in 1989.
Painted story credits include Marvel Comics' Open Space and Hellraiser series; Ivanhoe for First Comics/Classics Illustrated; Ask Any Mermaid in NBM's Skin Tight Orbit, volume 2; The Vampirella 25th Anniversary Special for Harris Comics; and Shi: Masquerade for Crusade Comics.
Harris wisely chose Ray for a story in the 25th Anniversary Special, the cover of Vampirella of Draculon #3, and his work appears in the Pinup Special, the Vampirella Postcards and in the Topps Trading Card sets. He has also been known to doodle on a beer mat or two!
Ray is also well known for the revived Little Annie Fanny feature for Playboy magazine.
Lago has also painted many covers for Marvel, Dark Horse and other publishers, plus scores of trading cards for Fleer, Topps and Skybox, and more recently, Magic cards for Wizards of the Coast. A full colour art book, RAY LAGO: Heroes & Angels, was published by Archangel Entertainment in 1997.
Ray now works out of his Manhattan apartment, which he describes as: "The artist's studio, itself a madman's lair, is littered with odd glass; water jars and ink bottles; tin cups and paint tubes; porcelain-coated metal palettes; and oak brushes made with the bristles, fur and long hairs of exotic beasts, large and small sheets of paper of all kinds and colours from foreign lands and near; and is full of books – art books and reference books – filling the many bookcases and often spilling to and cluttering the floor in 'organized' piles."
Ray's stunning work gains him a place in my all time top ten favourite Vampirella artists.