Darryle Purcell has had a variety of jobs
during his lifetime – including soldier,
illustrator, editorial cartoonist, newspaper
managing editor and government flack.
He served in the Army as an infantry
paratrooper in the First Cavalry Division
in Vietnam and then stateside as a medic,
first in the 101st Airborne Division, then in
the 82nd Airborne Division.
Following the military, he worked his way through college, graduating with an art degree from Cal State University Long Beach, which led to a career as a cartoonist in magazines, newspapers, educational comic books and Saturday morning animated television shows.
Purcell’s political cartoons garnered quite a few awards in California during the 1980s and early ’90s, while his work as a newspaper managing editor in the later ’90s and first few years of the new century led to many statewide awards in Arizona for news columns and editorials. From 2005 through 2012, he was a public information director for a county in Arizona.
Purcell currently writes and illustrates the Hollywood Cowboy Detectives, Man of the Mist and Vermin pulp adventures from his home in rural Arizona, where he lives with his wife Patricia.