Friday, May 11, 2012

Tony DeZuniga 1932-2012

Earlier today we lost one of the best and most prolific artists to work in the comic book industry, and one of the people who made the early issues of Savage Sword of Conan so much fun. Tony DeZuniga, a Filipino artist, broke into the American comic book business in the late 1960s and worked for many years at the big two, Marvel and DC. He is probably best known for being one of the creators of the DC Western hero, Jonah Hex, and for his long time work inking John Buscema on the black and white magazine Savage Sword of Conan. The pairing was successful and immediately recognizable. I'm reprinting a page of Buscema/DeZuniga art with this post so you can see how well the two artists worked together. Dezuniga sometimes drew Conan features all by himself and at one point or another he also drew or inked pretty much every other type of comic book, from superheroes to war stories and from horror to romance. He was a formidable and versatile talent. But, not surprisingly, I'll always think of DeZuniga as one of my favorite Conan artists. Rest in peace, Tony.

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