Jean-Marc Stalner was born into an artistic family in Douala, Cameroon. He began his career by making 'Terre-Air-Mer' with Jean Ache in the early 1980s, before teaming up with his brother Éric Stalner. Together, they made a great many comics together, one doing the penciling, the other the inking. In 1987, they made their debut with the Daniel Bardet scripted 'Les Poux' (brought out under the pseudonyms of Alexandre and Martin Stalner). After many joint series such as 'Le Boche', 'Fabien M.', 'Nordman' and 'Le Fer et le Feu', the brothers decided to each go their own professional way in 1998.
Jean-Marc Stalner pursued his solo career by collaborating with Achdé on 'La Esméralda', a comic series based on a novel by Victor Hugo, for Glénat between 1999 and 2002. From 2001 until 2006, he worked with Bardet again, this time on the historical series 'Le Maître de Pierre' for Dargaud. Subsequently, Stalner drew the detective thriller 'Le Cercle de Minsk' from a script by Frank Giroud, for Albin Michel between 2006 and 2010.