Comic book artist Ernesto “Ernie” Colón turns 83 today! Colón was born July 13, 1931 in Puerto Rico and is known for his work in the fields of children’s comics, horror, and nonfiction. He began his career at Harvey Comics working as a letterer, but later became the artist for Richie Rich and Casper, The Friendly Ghost, and was uncredited for both. His first credited work was penciling and inking the the two-page story Kaleidoscope of Fear in Wham-O Giant Comics #1 (April 1967, published by the toy company Wham-O). He went on to draw three issues of the original Doctor Solar: Man of the Atom from Gold Key Comics, and worked on Warren Publishing’s black-and-white horror comics Creepy, Eerie, and Vampirella.
Colón’s other comic book artistic credits include Grim Ghost for Atlas Comics, Arak, Son of Thunder, and Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld for DC Comics, Airboy for Eclipse Comics, Magnus: Robot Fighter for Valiant, Damage Control, and Doom 2099 for Marvel, Bullwinkle and Rocky for Marvel’s children’s imprint Star Comics, and the comic strip SpyCat for the Weekly World News tabloid until its demise in 2007.
Colón and former Harvey Comics editor Sid Jacobson created a version of the 9/11 Commission Report titled The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation. They released a 160-page follow-up, After 9/11: America’s War on Terror. The duo’s A Graphic Biography: Che was released in 2009. The following year, they released their next collaboration, The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography. Colón’s latest work was a book called The Great American Documents Vol. 1 that came out in May 2014.
SCIFI.radio would like to wish Ernie Colón a very happy birthday and many more to come.
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