Martin Fierro, by Carlos Roume
Martin Fierro

Carlos Gabriel Roume was born in Buenos Aires as the ninth son of the architect and sculptor Francisco Roume. He got his fame through his animal drawings, especially horses. His first professional work was for the advertising agency Publicidad Albatros in 1945 and then for Publi-Art. He moved to France at the age of 25, where he spent several years working in the advertising field.

Back in Argentina, he made his first professional comics, starting with 'Lapacho Juan' in the magazine Patoruzito. In the following years, he made a series of literary adaptations, including 'La Vida de Lassie' for Editorial Abril, as well as 'Robinson Crusoe' and 'Moby Dick' for Pimpinela.

Rodney Stone, by Carlos Roume
Rodney Stone

While continuing to make his adaptations for Pimpinela, he created the 'Tarzan'-like character 'Sabú' with Leonardo Wadel for Editorial Códex in 1952. Roume worked for Hector German Oesterheld's Hora Cero magazine from 1957 and collaborated with Oesterheld himself on serials like 'Nahuel Barros', 'Tipp Kenya' and 'Patria Vieja'. 'Pichi' was created for Frontera Extra, from scripts by Oesterheld's brother Jorge, in 1959.

Starting in 1959, Roume also provided artwork to the British Fleetway group. Roume illustrated 'Dick Daring' stories for Thriller Picture Library, and worked on Cowboy Comics and Cowboy Picture Library, for which he did 'Kit Carson'. He drew Conan Doyle's 'Rodney Stone' in Ranger and Look and Learn, as well as some stories of 'Olac the Gladiator' in Tiger (1961-62). He was then present in titles like Valiant ('Blade of the Frontier'), Hurricane ('Two Fists Against The World'), Ranger ('Rodney Stone') and Tina ('Black Beauty').

comic art by Carlos Roume

Roume worked for the British market until the early 1970s, his final contributions were to Tell Me Why, Princess Tina and World of Wonder. He was by then mainly present in Italy, drawing series like 'Hayawatha', 'Zane Canon' and 'Alazzan' for Il Corriere di Piccoli.

From the 1970s he worked almost exclusively in his home country, starting with the newspaper comic 'Manquillán, el Cóndor Perdido' with Osvaldo Guglielmo for the Buenos Aires daily Clarín. In 1972 he provided the artwork for a special edition of 'Martin Fierro', a new collaboration with Oesterheld, for Billiken. In 1974 he began his long association with the publishing house Récord, for which he illustrated a great many western stories for magazines like Fénix until 1995.

Carlos Roume spent his final years in Tandil in the Buenos Aires Province, making horse bronzes and watercolor paintings.

San Vincente de Paul by Carlos Roume
San Vincente de Paul

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