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Tomador, Pioneer Komiks, 1968

Veteran and pioneer Filipino Komiks illustrator Jesse Santos passed away last Aoril 27, 2013 according to his grandson Geoffrey De Vera. He passed away just shy of 84 at his residence in San Fernando Valley in California.

Jesse began working in comics for the very first Philippine serialized comic book “Halakhak” in 1946 on a title called “Kidlat”. It was his the start of a collaboration with Damy Velasquez which would continue on the popular series “DI-13″ which lasted many years.

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Moving to the US in the late 60’s, Jesse found success drawing comics such as Dagar, Doctor Spektor and Tragg. He was also a very successful portrait artist, depicting popular popular political figures and celebrities.

Jesse Santos Art Gallery
http://alanguilan.com/museum/jessesantos.html

Jesse Santos Photos
http://gerry.alanguilan.com/archives/494

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My favorite Jesse Santos photo.

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5 Responses to “Filipino Komiks Illustrator Jesse Santos Passes Away”

  1. auggie on May 6th, 2013 3:09 pm

    RIP Jesse, and thanks for the Memories…

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  4. Phill Norwood on May 9th, 2013 11:52 pm

    I was lucky enough to share a room with Jessie when we both work at Filmation Studios in the early 80’s. He was always a gentleman and loved to whistle all day long.

    He once told me that when he was young he wanted to be great at three things … an artist, a fighter and a singer. He told me about one fight he had where he took down a bully, so he thought of himself as a good fighter. The other two goals I know for sure he was great at.

    Godspeed Jessie

  5. Ian Toledo on May 10th, 2013 11:09 pm

    Rest in Peace Mr. Santos!
    I love your Doctor Spektor work! Very fluid and nice line work.
    I did not know he worked at Filmation. That is so cool!
    Would love to have known what he worked on since
    I grew up watching and loving Filmation shows.