Paul Kirchner was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1952. He attended the Cooper Union in New York City. He has worked in the comic book field, writing and illustrating stories for High Times, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and other publishers. His illustrations have appeared regularly in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He has done design and packaging work for several toy companies, including Mego, Coleco, Ideal, and Tyco. He illustrated all but one of Col. Jeff Cooper's books. In recent years he has illustrated mainly for the advertising industry and written books for Paladin Press.