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Marvel pays tribute to late Filipino comics icon Gerry Alanguilan

Just shortly after Filipino comics legend Gerry Alanguilan passed away, Marvel gave a tribute to the award-winning artist to honor his contributions to the comic book company.

Marvel paid its respects to Alanguilan, who passed away on Dec. 21, 2019 at 51 years old, for helping the company “bring to life the X-Men, the Hulk, the Avengers and beyond.”

Comic book artist and curator Gerry Alanguilan poses for a photo during the opening of the Komikero Komiks Museum in San Pablo City, Laguna. Image: INQUIRER Southern Luzon/Kimmy Baraoidan

“Recently, Marvel Entertainment was saddened to hear of the sudden loss of creator Gerry Alanguilan,” the company said on its website on Jan. 2. “We all mourn the loss of a great man and offer our thoughts to his family and friends at this difficult time. We will always remember and celebrate his incredible artistry.”

Because of his works in the Philippines, such as his first self-written series “Wasted” under Alamat Comics in the mid-90s, Alanguilan was recognized by the American comics industry. British comic book icon Warren Ellis commended him for “Wasted”, calling it “an early work by a potentially brilliant creator.”

Alanguilan then started inking comic books for American company Image Comics alongside Whilce Portacio, a fellow Filipino artist, from the mid to late 1990s.

By 1998, Alanguilan was already working under Marvel. He inked Leinil Francis Yu’s pencils, another Filipino artist, for “Wolverine #121”, which was written by Ellis.

Alanguilan has since worked on several other titles such as “X-Force”, “Ultimate Avengers”, “Superior”, “Supercrooks”, “Ultimate Avengers vs. New Ultimates”, “Indestructible Hulk”, “Avengers”, “Secret Wars”, “Inhumanity”, “Avengers and X-Men: Axis”, “X-Men”, “Captain America”, and even Jason Aaron’s “Star Wars” series.

In Marvel’s tribute, some of Alanguilan’s masterful works under the comic book giant were displayed for the fans, highlighting that the renowned comic book artist will continue to live on in the pages of all the titles he has helped create, both locally and internationally. JB


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