Friday, May 18, 2012

In Memorium: Ernie Chan

I opted not to post a “gal” Friday selection last week following the passing of Tony DeZuniga (whose memorial ran that day), and now must do the same for yet another artist whose work I enjoyed. In a truly unreal twist of fate, a second legendary Bronze Age artist of the Filipino wave has passed away one week later. Ernie Chan (who was also credited as Ernie “Chua”) was best known for his work on the Marvel Comics version of Conan the Barbarian, but has also worked for publishers such as DC Comics, posting a long tenure on Batman and Detective Comics. He originally studied with John Buscema, and went on to work with him as the inker on various Conan features during the 1970s. He also inked the art of Buscema's brother Sal on The Incredible Hulk. His other series work at Marvel included Doctor Strange, Kull the Destroyer and Power Man in the 1980s. For DC Comics, he illustrated Claw the Unconquered and he was DC Comics primary cover artist from 1975 to 1977. I don't know under what circumstances his passing occurred, but he was only seventy-one years old. The Catacombs extends its sincerest condolences to his family, friends and worldwide fans.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is the only place where I found out about the deaths of Tony de Zúñiga and Ernie Chan. I enjoyed the artwork of both of them. I must have read dozens of Chan's Conan comics.