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Browsing Facebook today, I found an obituary marking the passing of one of the great pioneering Filipino komiks illustrators, Tenny (Teny) Henson. The obituary states he died on April 15, 2013 at the age of 82. I feel extraordinarily sad at his passing. I am a huge fan of his work, and I\’ve been looking for such a long time to get in touch.

Courtesy of Pert Badillo

I really loved the clean style that Teny employed in his drawings. They looked fine as they were, but something about them screamed to be in color, and I was only too happy to oblige. The panel above comes from \”Takaw Ligaw\” from Aliwan Komiks, 1964, which I colored digitally.

Below is from \”Kahapon at Ngayon sa Antipolo\” from Pilipino Komiks, 1957. I scanned the page at a very high resolution, digitally cleaned the image and colored it.


Although Tenny was a popular artist in the Philippines in his own right, he found even more fame drawing for DC and Western Publishing in the late 70\’s. Tenny worked on things like Batman, Superman, Plastic Man, and a host of short horror/mystery stories for DC.

In his later years, Tenny worked in animation as a storyboard artist and designer for companies like Filmation, Hannah-Barbera, Warner Brothers, etc.

Here is a gallery of Tenny Henson artwork at my online museum:

TENY HENSON, Filipino Komiks Artist

I counted Teny as one of the 8 Forgotten Filipino Komiks Illustrators for 8list:

Arman T. Francisco on Teny Henson


2 Responses to “Tenny Henson, 1931-2013”

  1. Mark Cerbo on June 15th, 2013 1:36 pm

    Lately I have come to appreciate our local artists as well as the first ones who opened the doors for the younger generation to break into the international scene.

    I’m impressed to discover these artists through your extensive knowledge about them and their works. Its unfortunate we never got to meet some of them alive.

    But we should not feel sad about their passing but to celebrate that they inspired us to appreciate and be like them.

  2. Auggie on June 15th, 2013 2:30 pm

    Rest in Peace Teny, and Thanks for the Memories…