A current teacher at the Joso School for Comic-Book Artists, and also a former student, Francis started working in American comic-books both as a penciler (two issues of GI Joe: Frontline for Image / Devil’s Due) and an inker, in books like Batman: Gotham Knights (with Al Barrionuevo) for DC Comics, and The Resistance (with Juan Santacruz) for Wildstorm.
Later, he started penciling for Marvel, company he’s still working with these days, in titles like Araña: The heart of the Spider; Captain Universe: X-23; Heroes for Hire; a lengthy stint as artist in Black Panther, and also three issues of Wolverine: First Class.
The miniseries Supervillain Team-Up: MODOK’s 11 was his first collaboration with writer Fred Van Lente, and they worked together again in short stories like the Vulture one they did for Web of Spider-Man #5, and the Halo: Blood Line miniseries. For DC Comics, Francis has worked on books like Legion of Superheroes, Green Lantern, or Pandora.
Francis is currently working for Valiant, company where he co-created the Faith miniseries, He’s also worked on books like Ivar: Timewalker; Generation Zero; Stalinverse: Archer & Armstrong, Ninjak #0 and many others! He’s also working on a top secret project we can’t reveal yet!!
Francis Portala is a guest shared with Medusa Comics.