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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

POST # 54 - "HERBIE THE LIAR SAID IT WOULDN'T HURT" by Alfredo Alcala





Hello again, friends!
I am
THE APOCOLYTE!


Today we look at at a story by the incredible Filipino artist 

ALFREDO ALCALA!





Alfredo Alcala was born in the Philippines in 1925, and developed an interest in comic books as a youngster, particularly influenced by the artwork of Lou Fine. He began a career drawing the comics he loved in 1948, and soon his exquisite and detailed style made him one of the most famous and popular comics artists in the Philippines. 

He began to be known by American audiences after publishing his character VOLTAR in 1963, a sword and sorcery style hero along the lines of Conan and Prince Valiant. Alcala's lush and expressive brushwork soon drew the attention of North American comics publishers. In the early 1970's he began doing work for DC and Marvel. 

Many comic readers are familiar with Alcala's wonderful abilities as a penciler and an inker, his style being easily recognized. In the mid 70's Alcala used his gifts as inker to add new dimensions to the artwork of THE SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN stories drawn by John Buscema, rendering elaborate panoramas and splendidly ornate embellishments that elevated the stories' artwork from good to grandiose. I personally regard the stories he worked on as some of the greatest Conan artwork ever published. (You can see one of those amazing stories by clicking the link HERE)

Our story today originally appeared in Marvel's TALES OF THE ZOMBIE #9, published in 1975, and was written by Doug Moench. Alfredo Alcala's brilliant brushstrokes bring to life a tale of a lonely freak who struggles to make sense of the world around him, while dealing with the loss of his only real friend.

Now, I'll let my co-host SKULLY introduce today's gut-wrenching chronicle!


"HERBIE THE LIAR SAID IT WOULDN'T HURT"

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Don't forget now, if you want another real special treat,
click on the image below and feast your eyes upon an amazingly beautiful
CONAN  story by John Buscema and Alfredo Alcala!

You won't be sorry!


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2 comments:

  1. A Story like this was a good try-out for Alcala's inks on Swamp Thing a few years later.

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    1. Yes, this was just a taste of things to come!

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