comic art by Ramón Columba

Although Ramón Columba could get a scholarship in Europe, he had to cancel his studies after the death of his father. He worked as a parliamentary stenographer for a while, and at the same time he began drawing comics for the daily La Razón and the periodical Caras y Caretas. He also took on new studies, such as at the medicine faculty. In 1922, he created the periodical Paginas de Columba. Other Argentine artists also worked for this magazine, such as Valvidia, Muñiz, Dante Quinterno, Guillermo Divito and José Luis Salinas. In 1925 appeared the first Argentine sports comic in this magazine, called 'Gonzáles Fossat'. After a long tour through the USA, Columba co-launched El Tony with his brother Claudio, the first actual Argentine comics magazine. This magazine soon sold 300 million copies. From 1940 to 1946, Columba also worked in the animation field. He launched other magazines, such as Intervalo and Fantasía. He was a founding father of the Argentine association of comic artists.

Last updated: 2006-12-23

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