José Delbo is an Argentinian comic artist, who has drawn for American comic books since the 1960s. He published his earliest comic book work in Argentina from the age of 16. His first work was for the comic book Poncho Negro, for which he drew the 'Terry Atlas' feature for several years. He then specialized in war and western stories. He also worked with Héctor Oesterheld on 'Ernie Pike' stories and with Editorial Dante Quinterno on 'Patoruzito'. By 1963 he headed for Brazil, where he continued to draw war and western comics for titles like O Vingador, Colorado and Combate. In his homeland, he drew the daily strip 'Gatinha Paulista' for Última Hora, and 'Justiciero Alado' for A Naçao.
He settled in the United States in 1965, where he worked on classic western heroes like 'Billy the Kid', 'Judge Colt' and 'The Lone Ranger' for Western Publishing. He then provided art to a host of TV tie-in comic books for Gold Key during the 1970s, including 'The Twilight Zone', 'The Brady Bunch', 'Hogan's Heroes', 'Buck Rogers', 'The Monkees' and 'The Mod Squad', as well as the comic book based on the Beatles film 'Yellow Submarine' (1968) by George Dunning and Heinz Edelmann.
He additionally drew stories with 'Secret Agent Mike Manley' for 'Fight the Enemy', a comic book that on Wally Wood and Samm Schwartz's Tower Comics line in the 1960s. Delbo started drawing superhero comics in the 1970s. Besides 'Doc Solar' for Gold Key, he worked on several DC titles, including 'Wonder Woman' and the 'Superman' spin-offs 'Supergirl', 'Jimmy Olsen' and 'Lois Lane'. He also drew the 'Superman' and 'Phantom' daily strips for a while.
Grimm's Ghost Stories
By the 1980s and 1990s, Delbo was drawing for several Marvel titles based on popular television cartoons. He pencilled some issues of 'Thundercats', was the regular penciller on 'The Transformers' from 1988 to 1990, and he drew the first two issues of 'Captain Planet and the Planeteers' in 1991. He went on to do 'Brute Force' with Simon Furman in 1990 and 'NFL Superpro' in 1991-92. In the 1990s, he also drew 'Mickey Spillane's Mike Danger' for Tekno and Big.
José Delbo also founded a Cartoon Camp for young cartoonists originally housed at the International Museum of Cartoon Art, and has been active painting six foot tall murals.