Friday, May 18, 2012
Ernie Chan RIP
Sadly word is that Ernie Chan (Chua) has passed away. Ironically alongside Tony DeZuniga who died last week, Chan was another of the great Filipino artists who made a tremendous impact on Bronze Age comics.
Chan's inks over John Buscema's lusty pencils on Conan added a heft and gravity to the storytelling. Chan was really effective when he penciled and inked his own work.
My strongest memory of Chan, was when he was DC's go-to cover artist for a time. Like Gil Kane at Marvel, DC seemed to want to have a consistent look to the artwork on its covers and Ernie Chan got the nod drawing scores of covers for the company in the mid 70's.
Chan has remained busy and has done quite well on the fan circuit with lots of commission work around for us all to enjoy. Rest in peace Mr.Chan.