Jose Castro Caluag, sometimes credited as “J. Caluag” or “J.C. Caluag” is the featured artist at the Philippine Comics Art Museum Online. His son Reynaldo Caluag got in touch with me about his dad, and he provided valuable information and photographs about this artist whose work I often saw, but knew little about.
Here’s an excerpt from Reynaldo’s biography of his father:
“From 1950 to 1956, he was one of the resident artists at the United States Information Service (USIS) under the US Embassy. He was cited as “Valuable Artist of USIS” in 1955. He contacted tuberculosis in 1956, so was forced to resign and just stayed home working as a free lance illustrator under different publications that included Roces’ and G. Miranda. He did illustrations for different writers but most of them were that of Pablo Gomez and Mars Ravelo’s.”
JC Caluag’s gallery includes complete stories including Ngiyaw! (1 Page), Tagisan ng Talino (1 Page), Mactan (3 Pages), Alsa Balutan (3 Pages) and Nawawala: Isang Pagtitiwala (2 Pages), scanned from various comics from the late 1950′s.
Jose Castro Caluag Art Gallery
Thanks to Reynaldo for your valuable contribution!