HSU Peter

HSU Peter

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION ANIMATION\IMAGE OF PERSON\H\HSU Peter, Adventurers, 6, June 1987.jpg                                             Adventurers, 6, June 1987: 32.

Born in Johannesburg South Africa.

Peter Hsu was a Toronto cartoonist who, emulating Dave Sim, had organized Quadrant Publications and launched Quadrant as a vehicle for his creation “Hellrazor”. Peter must have wanted to add diversity to his magazine as Mel and Rick’s story was quite unlike the rest of magazine. Rick’s wife speculated that his students’ parents would not be happy if they knew their children’s teacher was being published in a raunchy magazine.

About the same time, he was producing Peter Hse’s Quadrant, he became involved with American black & white entrepreneur Steve Milo. In this connection he illustrated the first issue of The Adventures, both cover and content and recommended Ron Kasman for the lettering. Probably due to the pressures of Quadrant he reduced his commitment in The Adventurers to illustrating covers and probably recommended Kent Burles to do the contents. See BURLES Kent.

 

Late in 1986, Dave’s collaboration with Ron Hobbs and the mystery man idea behind the “Scavenger” was revived again. Peter Hsu wanted to expand his company’s magazine line and since Dave had established himself with Wordsmith, Peter approached him to come up with a concept for a new comic book series. Dave saw it as an opportunity to reconnect with Ron.

Dave and Ron worked on it for the next year. Then another set back. With the black and white comics market crumbling Peter Hsu had to cut back his operations leaving the project without a publisher. Hobbs pressed on and finished illustrating the story and painting the cover. Hsu, for his part, completed the origin story for the villainess Madame Joy which was a flashback episode within “The Snake”. Dave had contracted him for this episode in order to introduce a different style of drawing.

Hsu moved to Victoria British Columbia sometime in 1988.

WORK:

CARTOONIST:

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC:

Content:

Serial:

Peter Hsu’s Quadrant, …. “Sleazoids.”
1-3, no date 1-4, no date. 1-5, no date. 1-6, no date. 1-7, no date.

ILLUSTRATOR:

BOOK GRAPHIC:

Cover:

Dust jacket:

Front: Hellrazor. Illus., Peter Hsu. Quadrant Publications, 1983. Ltd. Edition.

Content:

Novella:

Hellrazor. Writ.., Tara Balance.  Quadrant Publications, 1983.

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC:

Cover:

Back: The Adventurers, 6, June 1987. (Adventures Publishing).

Front: The Adventurers,….
2, no date.. (Aircel Publishing). 5, 1987. (Adventures Publishing).
Front & Back: The Adventurers, ….(Adventures Publishing).
1, No date. 2nd Printing.

3, No date.

4, No date.

0, 1986. An issue inserted into the series.

Front: Elfwarrior,…. Adventure Publications
1. 1987. 2. Sept. 1987. 3. April1988.
Front: Peter Hsu’s Quadrant, ….
1-1. 1983. 1-2, no date. 1-3, no date. 1-4, no date. 1-5, no date. 1-6, no date.

Content:

Serial:

The Adventurers, 1, No date. 2nd Printing: “The Gate of Chaos.” Writ., Scott Behnke. Let., Ron Kasman. (Adventure Publishing)

Peter Hsu’s Quadrant, …. no date. “Hellrazor.” Writ., Tara Balance. Let., Ron Kasman.
1-1, 1983: 3-26. 1-2 1-3 1-4 1-5 1-6 1-7

Story:

The Adventurers, 1, 1986: “A Prologue To Elfwarrior.” Writ., Elias Stevens. Let., Ron Kasman: 26-32.

Peter Hsu’s Quadrant, 1-1, 1983: “Spacelab.” Writ., Unknown: 27-32. Originally prepared for 1994 magazine. It was unpublished and returned. The writer’s name was lost.

The Snake, 1, December 1989: “The Den of Madame Joy”: 23-30. A sub-story within the main story.

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:

Cover:

Back. Andromeda, 2-6, Nov.1979.

Content:

Story:

Andromeda, 2-6, Nov.1979: “Why Johnny Can’t Speed.” Writ., Dean Foster.

Orb Magazine 1-4, Nov./Dec. 1975: “Gothic Glitter.” Writ., George Henderson. Let., Mike Cherkas: 18-24.

INKER:

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:

Content:

Serial:

Orb Magazine 1-5, Jan./Feb. 1976: “Electric Warrior: Retribution.” Writ., & Pen., Gene Day. Tones, Peter Hsu & Matt Rust. Let., Michael Cherkas.: 18-25.

CREATOR & ILLUSTRATOR:

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC:

Content:

Serial:

Elfwarrior, …. Adventure Publications.

1, 1987. “Elfwarrior: Prologue, The Story So Far/Ch. 1, Darkos’ Domain.” Writ., Elias Stevens.

2. Sept. 1987. “Elfwarrior: Ch. 2, Wizard’s Lair.” Writ., Dan Greenburg.

CREATOR & INKER:

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC:

Content:

Elfwarrior, 3. April 1988. “Elfwarrior: Ch. 3, Betrayals In Blood.” Writ., D. Greenburg. Pen., Frank Keyes. Adventure Publications.

CO-ILLUSTRATOR:

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC:

Cover:

Front: Co-ill., Kent Burles. The Adventurers,….
2, no date. (Aircel Publishing).

6, June 1987. (Adventure Publications).

7, July 1987. (Adventure Publications).

9, Oct. 1987. (Adventure Publications).

10, Nov. 1987. ((Adventure Publications).

PUBLISHER:

Quadrant Publications.

SOURCE:

Article periodical:

“Quadrant Report.” Writ., Peter Hsu. Elfwarrior, 3. April1988: Inside Back cover..

Article newspaper:

“Here’s your guide to superheroes of Canadian comics.” Toronto Star, 27 February 1987: D6.

Correspondence:

Rick Taylor to Robert MacMillan. 12 June 2012 & 14 June 2012.

Ron Kasman to Robert MacMillan 27 March 2018, 28 March 2018 & 5 April 2018.

Interview:

Interviews with Dave Darrigo

GALLERY:

See ELFWARRIOR & HELLRAZOR

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION ANIMATION\IMAGE BY CARTOONIST\H\HSU Peter, Andromeda, 6, Nov. 1979, fc.jpg  Andromeda, 2-6, Nov. 1979: Back cover.