from Rambla, by Joan Boix
Comic art from Rambla. 

Born in 1945 in Badalona, a municipality of Barcelona, Joan Boix had his first comic published in Bruguera's magazine Sissi in 1962. Around the same period, he started working for publishers Toray and Galaor. He was an artist for the Toray collections 'Hazañas Bélicas' (created by by Boixcar), 'Relatos de Guerra' and 'Serenata'. He wrote and drew 'La Tierra del Futuro' for Galaor, while also drawing for the publisher's titles 'Ben-Hur' and 'Batallas Decisivas de la Humanidad'. He also remained active for Bruguera with the serials 'Celia' and 'Capricho'.

'Audrey en de Spinozems' (Tina #15, 1977).

In addition he worked for the international agencies Bardon Art and Creaciones Editoriales. He contributed romance stories to British publications like Mirabelle and Starlet for a period of ten years. He was additionally present in Dutch girls' magazine Tina with stories like 'Audrey en het Spinoza-Septet' from a script by Otto Veenhoven (1976-77).

Joan Boix took a different creer move by the mid-1970s, when he produced and owned the copyright of a number of horror and suspense stories, first published in Dossier Negro. Another personal creation of this period was 'Robny el Vagabundo'.

Ruslan y Ludmila by Joan Boix
Joyas Literarias Juveniles # 255 - 'Ruslan y Ludmila'.

In the 1980s Boix's short stories appeared frequently in the magazines published by Josep Toutain, especially in Creepy. For this horror magazine, he wrote and drew original stories, made literary adaptations for Bruguera's 'Joyas Literarias Juveniles' collection, and created the 'Brumas' with writer E. S. Abulí. Boix was also present in Rambla and Metropol.

Robny el Vagabundo, by Joan Boix (1977)
'Robny el Vagabundo' (1977).

In the 1990s Swedish publisher SEMIC Press selected Joan Boix as a member of the so-called Team Fantomen. As a result Joan Boix, who had previously drawn the series 'Kerry Drake and Lefty Drake' for the publisher, became an illustrator for the Swedish production of 'Phantom' stories.

The Phantom by Joan Boix
The Phantom - 'Death in Central Park'.

Among the Lee Falk successors who collaborated with Boix were Ben Raab, Tony de Paul and David Bishop, but most of the scripts were provided by Claes Reimerthi. Joan Boix found the time to alternate his rendering of 'The Phantom' with 'Jonathan Struppy', a personal project that he had begun in the early 1980s. He took it up again for SEMIC Press to publish it, before self-publishing it in Spain.

The Phantom, by Joan Boix
'The Phantom'. 

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