Friday, 18 May 2012

RIP Tony DeZuniga & Ernie Chan

This month has been a very sad time for the comics industry, as it has lost two of it's greatest artists... Tony DeZuniga and Ernie Chan have passed away. Both of these artists were favourites of mine, and I'm deeply saddened to hear of their passing. Ernie in particular was a favourite of mine... while many will remember him for his beautiful work on Marvel's Conan the Barabarian (where he inked the legendary John Buscema's powerful pencils), it's his work on the Incredible Hulk that made the biggest impression on me. Ernie inked my all-time favourite artist Sal Buscema on issues 210-212, 214-220 (with George Tuska & Keith Pollard filling in for Sal on issue 218), and between them produced the most beautiful artwork ever featured in that title. Ernie also produced several covers for Hulk as well.... many which remain my all-time favourites on the book.

Tony also inked both Buscema's, as well as many others... however, the work that I'll always remember is his beautiful Shanna the She Devil strip, that featured in Rampaging Hulk magazine.

I shall always be grateful to both artists for the enjoyment and influence their work has given me over the years. God bless and my thoughts and best wishes go out to both of their families and loved ones.


Cleo said...

Thank you for your tribute, Simon. Thank you for appreciating him and his work. His fans meant a lot to him.

Cleo, Ernie's daughter

Simon Williams said...

Thank you Cleo... your fathers work means a lot to me, and has been a big inspiration to me in my own work. I had the pleasure of chatting to Ernie on Facebook, where he gave me some very kind words, plus advice in regards to my artwork. I'll always be very grateful for that. :)

Thank you for getting in touch... my best wishes and thoughts go out to you and your family at this sad time.

Best wishes,


Gary M. Miller said...

Si, thanks for putting this up. Tony and Ernie were both great artists and their influence will be felt for years to come. You and I are like minds when it comes to Ernie's Hulk work--I love those covers you posted as well as his interior artwork over Sal Buscema's breakdowns.

(Incidentally, the cover to #223--credited to "Validar" and Ernie Chan is, of course, by the great Rich Buckler, whom I met at NYCC. Fun trivia: To the right on that cover is Rich and his girlfriend at the time, drawn in by Rich himself!)

I had the good fortune to meet and get an original Hulk piece from Ernie at last year's Pittsburgh Comicon. What a gracious person with many a tale to tell.

May Tony & Ernie rest in peace.


Mario C said...

Hulk #223 was one of my first comics. That cover will resonate with me for all time. Two Incredible talents have passed and both of huge importance to me as a fan of comics, especially the Hulk. RIP!