Born Manuel Pérez Clemente Sanjulián in 1941, he studied art at the Belles Arts of Sant Jordi, one of the top art schools in Spain. Aged 20, Sanjulián joined the European art agency Selecciones Ilustrades and was an
instant hit! Initially working
for the comic section, his full colour works were now being seen outside of Spain, in Germany, in the many Scandinavian countries, and finally in England. Sanjulián flourished in the British market, where he worked for such outstanding publishing
houses as Futura, Fontana, Harrow, and the like.
Nine years later he started being commissioned by clients in the USA, notably Warren Publishing. His work for Warren Magazine titles like Creepy, Eerie, and Famous Monsters had gained him valuable U.S.A. attention, but his first
Vampirella cover for issue #12 marked the beginning of a love affair between Sanjulián and Vampirella.
His Queen of Hearts cover for Vampirella 36 has become an iconic image, and the original painting (top of page) was auctioned on eBay in August 2006 with a starting bid of £5,800
Sanjulián was responsible for many of the classic covers for Warren Publishing's Vampirella (and Eerie and Creepy), and his Vampirella covers were used for some of the Warren posters.
since he's been in demand from nearly every important American publisher ... Dell, Ace, DAW, Bantam, Fawcett, Berkeley to name but a few.
Sanjulián has also worked
for Reader's Digest and horror maestro Clive Barker. His work has appeared in many fine art galleries in Europe, and he’s collaborated on ad campaigns for a Spanish theme park,
in Port Aventura.
Sanjulián has lived in Sitges, a small coastal town in Spain since 1977. He is married and has two children.
It is difficult not to over enthuse about the quality of his work. The word "genius" comes to mind very easily which is one reason why he is one of my all time top ten Vampirella artists. Below are a
few unpublished Vampirellas - judge for yourself.