Geraldes o Sem Pavor, by Jose Antunes
Geraldes o Sem Pavor

Portuguese comics artist José Gomes Antunes was born in Lisbon and attended the Escola António Arroio, where he attended art classes. He began his professional career publishing cartoons in Flama magazine, and then switched to comics in the magazine O Mundo de Aventuras in the 1950s. His early work included a biography of Camões, entitled 'Trinca-Fortes.' His participation in O Mundo was many-sided, varying from historical adventure stories ('Geraldes o Sem Pavor') to biographies of three pages ('Martim de Freitas'). He was also the author of the humorous adventure series 'João Tormenta,' which was made in a style reminiscent of Milton Caniff.

Ibne Arrink o Conquistador, by José Antunes (1962)

Antunes was furthermore drawing for Camarada (second series) and the army magazine Jornal do Exército. Following E.T. Coelho, Fernando Bento and Vitor Péon, Antunes was one of the few Portuguese artists to publish abroad. Antunes was present in the Belgian magazine Tintin with 'Maître Biber'. His final comics work was 'Lenda da Moura Salúquia', a contribution to the collective book 'Salúquia. A Lenda de Moura em Banda Desenhada', published by the municipality of Moura in 2009. After a long career of publishing 'banda desenhada' in Portugal, José Antunes passed away on the 27th of March 2010.

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