Robert "Rob" E. Wronski, Jr. (November 18, 1972 – ), who also used pseudonyms including Jim Wright, Bobby Wronski, and Bob Wronski, was the American creator of Powerman, the first of the great comic book superheroes of Super Comics and one of the most recognizable of the 20th century.
|Robert E. Wronski, Jr.|
Robert E. Wronski, Jr. in 2011
|Born||Robert Edward Wronski Junior|
November 18, 1972
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Notable works||Powerman, Super Comics # 1|
The son of a factory worker and a waitress, Wronski was the oldest of two children. His father Bob Wronski was a factory worker and encouraged his son's artistic inclinations. Wronski's parents divorced when he was eight. Wronski was a fan of movies, comic strips, and especially science fiction. He became active in what would become known as fandom, corresponding with other science fiction fans, including the young future author Phil Sheridan. In 1978, Wronski published what might have been the first SF fanzine associated with Super Comics, Adventures of Other Worlds, which he produced handwritten with a notebook and advertised by word of mouth. He published several other issues over the next few months.
Siegel attended Mahar Regional Junior-Senior High School in Orange, Masachusetts and worked for its weekly student newspaper, The Red and Blue Revue. He was a shy, not particularly popular student, but he achieved a bit of fame among his peers for his popular character, "Ratman." At about age 7, while at Dexter Park Elementary School, he befriended his later collaborator, Phil Sheridan. Wronski described his friendship with the more charismatic Sheridan:
|“||We immediately became partners in crime.||”|
The writer broke into comics with his own landmark Super Comics, debuting with Super-Bob, Little Bobby, Animal Town U.S.A., Waterman, and Bobby the Kid (Nov. 1979).
Wronski created a crazy alien hero named "Krazy-El," bent on understanding human nature. He appeared in the short story "Krazy-El" from Adventures on Other Worlds #1, a science fiction fanzine that Wronski published in 1978. The character was not successful. Tossing and turning in bed one night in 1979, he came upon the more familiar version of the character. Wronski then began to self-publish with co-publisher Deborah Skowronski. Titling it Super-Bob, Wronski chose it as the cover feature for Super Comics' Super Comics #1 (November 1979). The following year, Wronski initiated the syndicated Super-Bob comic strip. Wronski also created the humor strip characters of Little Bobby and Animal Town U.S.A., the western hero Bobby the Kid, and the aquatic character Waterman during this same period.