It’s sad to wake up to news that one of my komiks heroes, Pablo S. Gomez has passed away. Contrary to what others may claim, Pablo Gomez was to me, unarguably, the most prolific komiks writer in the history of Philippine komiks. Imagine this: he started writing stories in 1949, and he continued writing until his death in December of 2010. That’s a little over 50 years of working professionally in komiks, in a career that is unparalleled by no one else, living or dead.
That’s one of the earliest works of Pablo Gomez in my komiks collection, taken from Tagalog Klasiks #61, from November 3, 1951. Here, his story is illustrated by some early work by another personal favorite, Petronilo Marcelo or “P.Z Marcelo”. Click it for a larger image.
Pablo’s talent was apparent quite early. His first komiks stories earned him a spot as proofreader for Ace Publications, the largest komiks company at the time. Very soon, he was writing his own stories, and sooner than that, he wrote his first komiks novel “Apat Na Taga”, whcih proved so popular that Sampaguita Pictures adapted it into a motion picture in 1953.
Pablo’s early hits included Gilda, Kandilang Bakal, Kurdapya, Petrang Kabayo, MN, Recuerdo and Suanang Daldal.
Not content to write his own stories, Pablo decided to put up his own publishing company in 1963, and named it after himself. P.S.G. Publishing House published komiks titles like United Komiks, Universal Komiks, Kidlat Komiks, Continental Komiks and Planet Komiks.
It is with P.S.G. Publishing that Alex Niño, mistrusted and misunderstood by other editors at other Publishing houses, finally found a home where he was allowed to let his imagination run wild.
Due to an unhealthy economy in the Philippines, Pablo was forced to close down his publishing house in the 1970′s. He continued to work for other komiks publishers, even entering another field working as a movie producer and TV writer.
His last komiks work was still being serialized on the pages of Liwayway Magazine in December 2010 when he passed away.
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Pablo S. Gomez, Wiki Pilipinas
Pablo S. Gomez, Komiklopedia
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Pablo S. Gomez at the Film Academy of the Philippines
Pablo S. Gomez: Kampanerang Kuba
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