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I\’m receiving word from Randy Valiente that Filipino Komiks Illustrator Ernie Guanlao has passed away last November 9, 2010 in the United States.

This post has been updated on November 22 due to additional information on Ernie Guanlao as provided by his relatives. (Please see comments section).

From the collection of Heidjer Staecker.

Ernie has worked on many Philippine and American comic books among them \”The Adventures of Baron Munchausen\” for Now Comics, \”Code Name Ninja\” for Solson, \”The Beatles\” for Pendulum Press, Ghosts, Secrets of Haunted House, The Unexpected and The Witching Hour from DC Comics.


He was model and character designer for the Transformers TV series, The Real Ghost Busters TV series, layout artist for GI Joe TV series and background artist for Animaniacs and Tiny Toon Adventures.

KOMIXPAGE: Ernie Guanlao


5 Responses to “Filipino Komiks Illustrator Ernie Guanlao (1943-2010) [Updated]”

  1. Bryan King on November 15th, 2010 12:36 am

    the real ghostbusters..

  2. rachel valentin on November 21st, 2010 10:16 pm

    Ernie Guanlao is my uncle. He was an awesome artist, and he was an even better uncle, father, and husband. I know he will be remembered by everyone that met him. It’s a shame that he died from cancer when he didn’t even smoke cigarettes. I guess he got it from 2nd hand smoke because they allowed people to smoke in mgm studios when he worked there in the 80’s. If he hadn’t been around it then he would still be here with us today, and he would still be doing what he loved to do, draw.

  3. Lana Guanlao on November 22nd, 2010 8:02 am

    I visit my grandpa every week and wear his hat and sing to him. because thats what me and my papa use to do. I miss you soooooo much papa and i pray for you and Love YOU! also addi and maimai your grand daughters…

  4. Ricky Teneza on November 22nd, 2010 8:13 am

    I just wanted to clarify that my father in law passed on Nov 9th of 2010.

    A breif history of of Ernie Guanlao:

    Ernie G Guanlao was born October 5th, 1943 in Manila, Philippines to Josefina and Epifanio Guanlao. when his parents died at an early age, Ernie took on the role of a father to his eight siblings, Guido, Ed, Josie, Efren, Fely, Boy, Rico, Mel.

    In 1968, he met Gloria during a Valentine’s dance. They married on May 5th, 1974, and had three children, Elo, Doug, and Joy. Ernie moved with his family to the United State of America in 1985 and lived in Virginia. they eventually settle in California in 1989 where Ernie began a successful career as a brilliant animation artist. he co-created several animation but some of his notable works included the original movie,” Transformers, Tiny Toons, and G.I. Joe.” some of his last works were,”King of the Hill and Spiderman the Game”, which he worked on side-by-side with his son.

    He enjoyed exercising on his punching bag and drawing caricatures of friendly faces at the Santa Monica Pier. he was passionate painter with a voice for karaoke, but most of all, he loved to spend time with his family and friends.

    Ernie will be missed but will live on within his children, grandchildren, family and friends.

  5. cezar palad on December 8th, 2010 8:22 pm

    i reallly admired the work of Mr. Ernie Guanlao, Im also a Illustrator but there no lack working in america instead im hear in Riayadh saudi arabia. I follow his work with rudy nebres ,hal santiago and lex nino among my favorate illustrator. I wish for him everybody should make tribute of all our great Comics llustrator. While theiy are still alive. We remember them only and their craft when they passed away. Mabuhay kaMr Ernie Guanlao