Nelson Faro DeCastro (born February 17, 1969), known professionally as Nelson, is an American comic book artist who worked on the comic Aliens: Rogue for Dark Horse Comics. He also created cover art for the novel Aliens vs. Predator: Prey from Bantam Books.
Nelson is known for his airbrushed cover art, and his interior penciling, inking and coloring work. He is also a writer and an art teacher. Nelson's comics career began in the early 1990s, doing cover work and publishing creator-owned work for Dark Horse before becoming a frequent artist for Marvel Comics and DC Comics. He has also gained acclaim as a trading card artist.
Born in 1969, Nelson studied art at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. He says his earliest memory of reading comics is of a Spider-Man book featuring the Gibbon, illustrated by John Romita, whom he cites as his primary artistic influence. Other influences he names include famed comics and fantasy painters Caravaggio, Joe Jusko, Frank Frazetta and Simon Bisley.
Before his comic book career began, DeCastro created artwork for the band Mucky Pup, with whom he was friends. He provided the interior art for their 1987 album Can't You Take a Joke?, and the cover art for their 1989 album, A Boy In A Man's World.
Nelson broke into the American comic book industry in 1992 doing airbrushed cover work for Dark Horse series, such as Dark Horse Insider, Vol. 2 #6 and the four-issue miniseries RoboCop: Prime Suspect. In 1993 he wrote and illustrated his own creator-owned horror character, Eudaemon, in the anthology Dark Horse Presents, Vol. 1 #72-74, for which he provided the first issue's cover. He would later publish through Dark Horse a three-issue Eudaemon, series, which he wrote, pencilled and inked, and for which he provided airbrush painted covers.
His first comic work for the "Big Two" publishers was a 6-page comic book story he penciled and inked for Marvel Comics's Custom Comic division. He would also provide the publisher with a painted cover for Marvel Comics' Ghost Rider #18 in 1993 His first work for DC Comics doing interior illustration for Team Superman Secret Files and Origins #1, which was published in 1998. Other DC work during the 1990s includes Birds of Prey: The Ravens #1.
In 1999, Nelson worked for Marvel Comics, beginning with a painted cover and the interior art for X-Men: The Magneto War #1. His other Marvel work that year included issues of Generation X, Black Panther and X-Force.
Nelson continued to work for Marvel Comics in the early 2000s, on such titles as Iron Man, Ant-Man's Big Christmas, Generation X, Marvel Knights,Elektra, and Inhumans.
He also provided work for DC Comics, on Birds of Prey and 2004's The DC Comics Encyclopedia. His other mid-2000s work for DC included doing inks for Superman: The Journey and inking over John Byrne's pencils and providing his first interior color work on Action Comics #831.
Nelson branched out into educational comics with 2005's The Home Depot: Safety Heroes, a giveaway from the Home Depot featuring several Marvel Comics characters, as well as into Marvel's mature readers imprint, MAX, with Doctor Spectrum, two issues of which he inked, and Marvel's Ultimateline, providing interior inks for three issues of the miniseries Ultimate Nightmare and Ultimate Galactus Trilogy.
Although he mostly worked for Marvel Comics in the late 2000s, in 2008 Nelson provided the interior pencils and inks for DC's Green Lantern Corps #21-22.
2009 marked Nelson's first foray into writing for The Big Two publishers, with the story "The Strange Bonds of Strange People", which appeared in Astonishing Tales: The Thing #1 by Marvel Digital Comics. He also provided inks for War of Kings: Savage World of Skaar, for which he was credited on the cover as "DeCastro", and not "Nelson", as he is typically credited. That year he also inked issues of Incredible Hercules, and pencilled and inked Iron Man: Iron Protocols.
Nelson has also illustrated cards for the Magic: The Gathering collectible card game.
As of 2010, Nelson teaches a Drawing for Cartoonists course at Manhattan's School of Visual Arts, where he himself once studied. He is also an avid guitar player. He also enjoys hockey, and has expressed a desire to try his hand at sculpture.
- Aliens: Rogue trade paperback
Nelson's profile at SpiderWebArt.com: http://www.spiderwebart.com/biography.asp?artist=Nelson+DeCastro
A gallery of his art at the same site: http://www.spiderwebart.com/products.asp?artist=Nelson+DeCastro