Archive for September, 2011
If the old adage that there is no bad pen for a good writer holds true then I imagine it applies just as well with artists. This came to mind while going through some of my old comic books from the Philippines. No one can help but be amazed at how beautiful some of the drawings that were produced with a cheap Chinese bamboo brush by the artists.
Not too long after the Second World War ended in the pacific, the Philippines started producing comic books. Apart from a few movie theaters that cropped up around the country the Filipino comic books were the source of entertainment for the masses.
And from within the confines of those few comic book publishers came a band of artists to be recognized years later as the Golden Age of the Philippine comics. The names of the artists who started it all is endurably etched for that period. Francisco V. Coching, Nestor Redondo, Alfredo P. Alcala, Tony de Zuñida, Elpidio Torres, Clodualdo del Mundo, Noly Panaligan, Jesse F. Santos Ruben N. Yandoc Fred Alcantara, Jim Fernandez, Federico C. Javinal, Tony Caravana, Teny Henson and others.
Most comic books were published fortnightly. Each comic book would consist of several artists. Each one would do six pages per issue (12 pages in a month. Most artists were assigned to draw a novel which in most cases lasted for several months, long before the term ‘Graphic Novel’ was introduced to our lexicon. Each artist penciled, inked and designed the title of the novel.