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Nestor Redondo (1928-1995) was the Philippine's foremost comic book illustrator starting in the early 1950s, and a major U.S. comics artist in the 1970s and early '80s. He was really more of an illustrator than a cartoonist, boldly shown here with an abundance of superbly rendered illustrations. This book is a pure delight. Redondo had a smooth, capable line that will remind you of the finest inkers in comics: Mark Schultz, Frank Frazetta, Dave Stevens, Russ Manning. Yes, he is THAT good.
His early comics work in the Philippines, for the tiny comics market there, was immediately head and shoulders above his contemporaries. We get a glimpse of some of that here. When we in the U.S. experienced the "Philippine invasion" of comics artists in the 1970s, his work stood out amongst his fellow Filipinos. Alex Nino and Alfredo Alcala eventually became better known here because they quickly moved to the U.S. and built up greater bodies of work. Nino of course continues to work here.
In the 1970s, Redondo began to do work for publishers in the United States. His earliest U.S. credit is penciling and inking the ten-page story "The King Is Dead", by writer Jack Oleck, in DC Comics' House of Mystery #194 (Sept. 1971). Through the 1970s, Redondo drew dozens of such supernatural anthology stories for DC titles including House of Secrets, The Phantom Stranger, Secrets of Sinister House, The Unexpected, Weird War Tales, and The Witching Hour. He drew six of the seven issues of Rima, the Jungle Girl (May 1974 - March 1975), based on the heroine of W.H. Hudson’s Green Mansions, as well as Swamp Thing #11-23 (Aug. 1974 - July 1976). Nestor Redondo and his brother Frank Redondo (1942-2010) often collaborated and were credited together as the "Redondo Studio," most notably on the Ragman series for DC.
In 1970, Redondo was approached by Vincent Fago of Pendulum Press to illustrate stories in their new line of comic book adaptations of literary classics. Redondo offered to help Fago recruit some of his fellow Filipino comics artists, which he did; these artists ended up illustrating almost every comic Pendulum produced. From 1973–1979, Redondo illustrated many stories in the Pendulum Illustrated Classics line, including Dracula and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde adaptations reprinted by Marvel Comics three years later as Marvel Classics Comics. Other adaptations illustrated by Redondo for Pendulum included The Great Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, some Edgar Allan Poe stories, The Odyssey, and Romeo and Juliet.
In the mid-1980s, Redondo inked the Eclipse Comics time-travel series Aztec Ace, by writer Doug Moench. In 1990, he contributed to the second issue of the Marvel Comics superhero series Solarman as well as to an issue of Innovation Comics' Legends of the Stargrazers. Redondo collaborated with Roy Thomas on an adaptation of Robert E. Howard's Marchers of Valhalla in the mid-1990s, but the finished comic book never saw print.
But Redondo is considered the grand master of Philipine comic artists, and for very good reason. Just flip through this collection and you will immediately understand why, and wish you could see even more of his superlative work. Here you will find Conan and other barbarians, Norse warriors, beautiful naked ladies, damsels in distress, witches, jungle queens, even delightful fairies--as well as monsters and creatures of mythology. He was as versatile as he was talented.
There is no official limitation on this, but the publisher has told us he only printed 1000 copies. For a black and white book of this page count, I thought the price was a bit high. But no more. And many fans of Redondo still don't know about this very limited edition.
This is a quality production first to last, featuring the finest reproduction possible, and the binding has Japanese-style folded covers with flaps.
**ackowledgements to Wikipedia for the details of his U.S. work described above.
- Additional Information
Item Code ARTNR Publisher Auad Publish Date 2016 ISBN 9780989014731 Print Status Out of Print Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 8x11 # Pages 80pg Color b&w
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