David Mazzucchelli received his initial art training at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, but honed his craft working in the comics industry from a very young age.
Within a year, he went from being an art student to becoming the regular artist on Daredevil at Marvel from 1984-1986. He first worked with writer, Denny O’Neil, but continued drawing the Daredevil character when Frank Miller took over the writing duties on the critically acclaimed Daredevil: Born Again story arc. There was a couple of other, far less high-profile, projects that Mazzuchelli illustrated for Marvel; namely, Master of Kung Fu #121 with writer, Steven Grant in 1983 and Human Torch/ Black Panther, a short story in Marvel Team-Up Annual #7 in 1984.
When Mazzachelli and Miller collaborated again it was at DC Comics in 1987 for the 4-issue mini-series, Batman: Year One, which became an instant classic and required reading for all superhero fans. After this triumph, with a couple of exceptions, David left the superhero genre. These exceptions were X-Factor #16 with author, Louise Simonson in 1987 and a Chiaroscuro story in Marvel Fanfare #40, written by Ann Nocenti in 1988.
From 1991 to 1993, Mazzuchelli published three issues of his independent anthology, Rubber Blanket, co-edited by painter, Richmond Lewis. He is also credited, along with Moebius, in Tundra Publishing’s Legends of Arzach #4-6, written by Jean-Marc and Randy Lofficier in 1992.
In 1994, he illustrated an adaptation of Paul Auster’s City of Glass, with artist/writer Paul Karasik. Then in 2009, Mazzucchelli’s first graphic novel, Asterios Polyp, was published by Pantheon Books, earning multiple Eisner Awards.
David has also done illustration work for various non-comic publications, including editorial illustrations and covers for the New Yorker magazine.