Yesterday we lost another Filipino comic book master illustrator and ink artist only one week after Tony Dezuniga – Ernie Chan. Ernie was a favorite inker of mine as a young fan. I only saw a couple of covers of his early DC Batman work, but it was his less than one year run on the Incredible Hulk inking over the pencils of Sal Buscema where he became a hero to me.
Tony DeZuniga was one of the true trailblazers of the comic book world. He wasn’t the first foreign artist to work in the American market, but he became one of the most famous, and by virtue of sheer talent opened the door for an entire generation of Filipino artists to follow. Along the way he co-created one of the more unique Western characters to grace a mainstream comic book – Jonah Hex – and left his mark both as a penciller and inker of repute.