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Comic Creator

Tony De Zuñiga

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(1941 - 11 May 2012, The Philippines)  Philippines

Tony De Zuñiga

Weird War Tales, by Tony De Zuniga
Last Rites for the Living (Weird War Tales #22, 1974)

Tony De Zuñiga was born and raised in Manila, The Philippines. He started doing comics in his teens and idolized the works of Francisco V. Coching and Nestor Redondo. He graduated from the University of Santo Thomas in Manila and started doing advertising work, eventually becoming art director for several of the largest agencies in the islands.

Medalyang Pylak, by Tony DeZuniga (1951)
Medalyang Pylak (1951)

It was during this time that he met his wife, with whom he had three daughters. A few years later they moved to the United States where he became an illustrator for Scholastic Publications. Soon he joined D.C. Comics where he co-created 'Jonah Hex' and worked on 'Black Orchid'. He also worked on superhero titles such as 'Batman', 'Superman' and 'Supergirl'.

comic art by Tony de Zuniga

Tony de Zuñiga returned to the Philippines in 1972, to recruit some of the best Filipino artists for D.C. and Marvel. When working for Marvel, he did most of the illustrations for 'Thor', 'X-Men', 'Punisher' and 'Conan the Barbarian' for eight years. In need of a change of pace, he then found work doing conceptual designs for Sega in the US and Japan. He devoted his time to painting after retirement but returned to comics for a special 'Jonah Hex' graphic novel in 2010. De Zuñiga passed away in May 2012 from the results of a stroke he suffered in April. 

Jonah Hex, by Tony De Zuniga (1982)

The Philippine Comics Art Museum

Laatste update: 2012-07-29

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