Mike Royer, born and raised in Oregon, was drawn to Southern California in the spring of 1965 by the lure of a career in comic art. He spent his first 14 years contributing to the world of comic books, comic strips and TV animation. He worked on a variety of subjects including MAGNUS ROBOT FIGHTER, TARZAN and SPACE GHOST, to name a few, in comic books, coloring books, puzzles, etc. for Western Publishing Company, publishers of Gold Key Comics and did layouts on 1/3rd of the first network animated SPIDERMAN Saturday morning series.
While continuing to draw and sometimes write such properties as SPEED BUGGY, H-B TV ADVENTURE HEROES, TARZAN, and MAGNUS, Mike contributed to James Warren’s CREEPY, EERIE, and VAMPERELLA magazines and began drawing and writing the comic panel CRUSIN’ record album covers, over 2 dozen at last count.
However, during this period Mike is best known to fans of comic art for his almost full decade as letterer/inker for the legendary JACK KIRBY at DC and Marvel comic books through most of the 1970s. Mike even found time in the late 1970s to ink and letter both the TARZAN and STAR WARS comic strips for some months.
Beginning in late spring 1979, mike spend the next 14 years on staff with the WALT DISNEY COMPANY lin the creative department for the Consumer Product/Licensing division, addressing the area of book publishing, comic books, and strips, and all the many types of theme park and licensed merchandise as a character artist/product designer performing as idea, concept and final line artist. In his last year on staff, he created the “new look” that launched the massive WINNIE THE POOH licensing program in late 1993. Featured in a 43 minute video “How To Draw Pooh” sent to over 40 licensees, Mike takes no small amount of pride in the fact POOH soon was outselling MICKEY MOUSE (the character drawn most by Mike before POOH) worldwide.
In late spring of 1993 Mike left his staff position to spend the next 7 years full time as the “Main POOH Man” for the Disney Store’s creative division, even finding time to do 3-D product for Disney and Warner Brothers stores.
Since the spring of 2000 Mike functioned as an art service on a wide variety of projects including orthographic turns and “floor plans” for computer game animators, DIGIMON products, READER RABBIT, and BABY FAITH books, RESCUE HEROES toy packaging, etc. and in the spring of 2001 Mike and wife Laurie returned to his birth state. Since embracing the setting and lifestyle of the beautiful Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon. Mike found time to ink some comic books for Marvel and DC and to create DISNEY limited edition collector pin set graphics, but Lately Mike is enjoying life being semi-retired.