Friday, May 11, 2012

In Memorium: Tony DeZuniga

Marvel Preview #9 (Winter 1976); Doc Savage #2 (Oct.1975)

DeZuniga's "Black Orchid
Veteran Bronze Age artist Tony DeZuniga passed away early this morning at the age of seventy-nine from complications that arose from a serious stroke suffered last month, which led to brain damage and heart failure. He was the first Filipino comic book artist whose work was widely accepted by American publishers, paving the way for many other Filipino artists to break into the international comic book industry. For DC Comics he co-created the western anti-hero Jonah Hex (All-Star Western #10) and the mysterious Black Orchid (Adventure Comics #428). His other series work for the publisher included Arak-Son of Thunder, Ghosts, Girl’s Love stories, House of Mystery, Phantom Stranger and Weird War Tales. For Marvel Comics he produced particularly impressive work on their line of magazine-size black and white titles such as Deadly Hands of Kung Fu, Dracula Lives, Monsters Unleashed, Rampaging Hulk, Savage Sword of Conan, Savage Tales, Vampire Tales and two personal favorites of mine; his excellent run on Doc Savage and an adaptation of author Philip Wylie’s classic novel, Gladiator in Marvel Preview #9 (“Man-God”). The Catacombs extends its sincerest condolences to his family, friends and worldwide fans.

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