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Hal Santiago reports that Filipino Komiks Illustrator Sonny Trinidad has passed away yesterday, November 23, 2009. The wake is currently being held in his hometown of Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

Also known as Celso Trinidad, Sonny won the Best Serial Illustrator award during the 1984 KOMOPEB Parangal sa Komiks. His work VIRGA also won in the Best Novel Illustration Fantasy Category.

A native of Sta. Rosa, Laguna, Trinidad\’s first professional exposure to comics came by way of working as an assistant to Francisco V. Coching, which would explain the similarity of his early work to Coching.

In the US, he was known for his work on Conan The Barbarian, Dracula, Morbius, Bloodstone, and Deadly Hands of Kung Fu.

John Warner, writer of Bloodstone, wrote of Trinidad:

\”The assignment went to Sonny Trinidad, who is very good. But you don\’t need me to tell you that, as you\’ve no doubt seen his work on THE LAND TIME FORGOT, GABRIEL THE DEVIL HUNTER (from Haunt of Horror) and THE SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD (in Marvel Spotlight #25). In spite of having about two weeks to pencil, ink, and letter the entire job, I think it turned out very well.\” (Marvel Presents: Bloodstone #2)

Sonny Trinidad Christmas cover.
Sonny Trinidad Profile: Komikero Comics Journal
Profile by Arman T. Francisco
Sonny Trinidad Art Gallery by Dennis Villegas

Thanks to Erwin Cruz for passing the news along.


9 Responses to “Sonny Trinidad Passes Away”

  1. Journalista – the news weblog of The Comics Journal » Blog Archive » Nov. 24, 2009: Torn on this on November 24th, 2009 10:37 pm

    […] Gerry Alanguilan is reporting the death yesterday of Filipino cartoonist Sonny Trinidad. Trinidad got his start as an art assistant for legendary cartoonist Francisco V. Coching, before drawing a wide range of comics both for publication in his own country and for such Marvel titles as Conan the Barbarian and The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu. […]

  2. luisa on November 25th, 2009 7:41 am

    Sonny Trinidad will always be remembered in my heart. I grew up with his komiks, with his drawings. I thank him for giving me a stepbrother who takes care of me. Thank you Tito Sonny for accepting me in your family and good job! You raised one good man with the intelligence and your talent too, my kuya.

  3. Loi Ramos on November 25th, 2009 8:43 am

    I have known his son for almost 8 years,had a chance to talk to him a few times,truly a man of character.

  4. ROMIWORKS® on November 25th, 2009 9:47 am

    isa na namang alamat sa komiks ang pumanaw naalala ko tuloy unang tumatak ang pangalan nya sa akin nung makita ko ang nobelang ATOZ na dibuho nya isang karakter na parang Conan at nakabili ako ng german edition ng Conan na nabili ko pa sa Germany kasama ang Superman Birthright na german edition din. Nakikiramay ako sa mga naulila ni Maestro Sonny Trinidad.

  5. THE BEAT » Blog Archive » RIP: Sonny Trinidad on November 25th, 2009 11:13 pm

    […] Alanguilen writes that illustrator Sonny Trinidad has passed away in the Philippines. Known in the US for his work on Conan, Dracula, Morbius and DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU, Trinidad was […]

  6. Comics A.M. | The comics Internet in two minutes | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources – Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment on November 26th, 2009 12:23 am

    […] Passings | Gerry Alanguilan reports that illustrator Sonny Trinidad, perhaps best known for his work in the 1970s on Marvel titles like The Savage Sword of Conan, Dracula Lives! and Deadly Hands of Kung Fu, passed away Nov. 23 in the Philippines. [Komikero] […]

  7. Fermin Salvador on November 26th, 2009 6:22 am

    Sincere condolences to his family.

  8. Josie Bitoon on November 29th, 2009 6:01 pm

    Nakakalungkot na wala na ang kuya ko. Nawala siyang taglay pa rin niya ang galing sa paguhit hanggang sa huling sandali ng kanyang buhay. Salamat kuya sonny sa pag-aalaga mo sa akin. May GOD bless your soul!

  9. John Wohnfurter on December 23rd, 2009 3:46 pm

    Sonny was my brother in law and my wife Lina and I are really going to miss him. He was the first person we would visit every time we went to the Philippines and the last person before we left.
    Sonny was a very kind, generous and thoughtful person, may he rest in peace!